Dana Zigmund

Juneau's Capitol Disposal Landfill, seen in this June 2013 photo, sits in the middle of the industrial Lemon Creek district. Recent complaints about odors coming from the location prompted the city to discuss this issue at their Monday night Committee of the Whole meeting. Private ownership of trash collection and the landfill mean the city has limited options for action. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Juneau's Capitol Disposal Landfill, seen in this June 2013 photo, sits in the middle of the industrial Lemon Creek district. Recent complaints about odors coming from the location prompted the city to discuss this issue at their Monday night Committee of the Whole meeting. Private ownership of trash collection and the landfill mean the city has limited options for action. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
The Juneau School District building and Harborview Elementary School, seen here on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, will begin to offer expanded in-person instruction over the next few weeks. School officials cite the community’s stable infection rate and new science-based guidance for opening schools are driving factors behind the expanded offerings. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
The Juneau School District building and Harborview Elementary School, seen here on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, will begin to offer expanded in-person instruction over the next few weeks. School officials cite the community’s stable infection rate and new science-based guidance for opening schools are driving factors behind the expanded offerings. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
A conceptual drawing shows a possible use for Norwegian Cruise Line’s property on Egan Drive. This drawing shows the property with NCL’s largest ship, the Bliss, shown for scale. (Courtesy Image / MRV Architects)

New cruise ship dock project moves ahead

Memorandum of understanding signed with proposed Alaska Ocean Center.

A conceptual drawing shows a possible use for Norwegian Cruise Line’s property on Egan Drive. This drawing shows the property with NCL’s largest ship, the Bliss, shown for scale. (Courtesy Image / MRV Architects)
Youths play sandlot baseball at Miller Field in the summer of 2020. After COVID-19 sidelined a competitive season last summer, local players gathered to play sandlot ball. Thanks to a city-approved COVID-19 mitigation plan, the Gastineau Channel Baseball and Softball Leagues are planning a full, competitive season this summer. Registration is now open for players between the ages of 5 and 16. (Courtesy Photo / Geoff Kirsch)

Take me out to the ball game

The Gastineau Channel Baseball and Softball Leagues expect a full, competitive season.

Youths play sandlot baseball at Miller Field in the summer of 2020. After COVID-19 sidelined a competitive season last summer, local players gathered to play sandlot ball. Thanks to a city-approved COVID-19 mitigation plan, the Gastineau Channel Baseball and Softball Leagues are planning a full, competitive season this summer. Registration is now open for players between the ages of 5 and 16. (Courtesy Photo / Geoff Kirsch)
Sebastian Taylor-Manning pauses to sketch at a replica of an Alaskan illustrator’s desk. His brother McClain Taylor-Manning and his father, Chris Taylor, look on during a recent visit to the State Museum to see the new exhibit, "Illustrating Alaska: Artists Making Children’s Books", on display through April 3. (Courtesy Photo/Jackie Manning)
Sebastian Taylor-Manning pauses to sketch at a replica of an Alaskan illustrator’s desk. His brother McClain Taylor-Manning and his father, Chris Taylor, look on during a recent visit to the State Museum to see the new exhibit, "Illustrating Alaska: Artists Making Children’s Books", on display through April 3. (Courtesy Photo/Jackie Manning)
Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File 
Despite the expiration of a statewide emergency declaration, COVID-19 testing remains available at the Juneau airport. Travelers into the capital city must show proof of a negative test or test at the airport after travel, based on local ordinance. Also, travelers must practice strict social distancing for five days after arriving in town.

CBJ mitigation measures continue

Despite state’s expired emergency declaration, city rules still in effect

Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File 
Despite the expiration of a statewide emergency declaration, COVID-19 testing remains available at the Juneau airport. Travelers into the capital city must show proof of a negative test or test at the airport after travel, based on local ordinance. Also, travelers must practice strict social distancing for five days after arriving in town.
An avid gardener and long-time Juneau resident, Judy Hauck, holds a yogurt container with lettuce. Using a basic shop light and empty yogurt containers, she's been growing greens inside her home this winter. ((Courtesy Photo/ Judy Hauck)

Grow her own way: Inside gardening provides homegrown produce despite cold and snow

Microgreens and summer vegetables thrive on North Douglas this winter.

An avid gardener and long-time Juneau resident, Judy Hauck, holds a yogurt container with lettuce. Using a basic shop light and empty yogurt containers, she's been growing greens inside her home this winter. ((Courtesy Photo/ Judy Hauck)
Juneau City Hall. On Thursday night, assembly members voted to add money to the Household and Individual Assistance programs and make the eligibility requirements more restrictive. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

CBJ allocates more money for individual assistance programs

The funding boost comes with tighter eligibility requirements.

Juneau City Hall. On Thursday night, assembly members voted to add money to the Household and Individual Assistance programs and make the eligibility requirements more restrictive. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
A worker walks on the pier near Douglas Island Pink and Chum Inc's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery Thursday afternoon. Ice has formed on the Gastineau Channel amid frigid temperatures brought on by a high-pressure ridge over mainland Alaska and Western Canada. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)

Bitter cold temperatures flirt with record lows

A strong high-pressure ridge over mainland Alaska brings frigid air to Southeast

A worker walks on the pier near Douglas Island Pink and Chum Inc's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery Thursday afternoon. Ice has formed on the Gastineau Channel amid frigid temperatures brought on by a high-pressure ridge over mainland Alaska and Western Canada. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)
This composite photo shows Kristy Germain and Stacy Diouf, two long-serving Juneau educators, who have been acting as interim principals at Sayéik: Gastineau Community School and Floyd Dryden Middle School, respectively. Recently, they were both named to their positions permanently. (Juneau Empire File and Courtesy Photo)

Long-serving Juneau educators named to permanent administrative posts

New principals named for Sayéik: Gastineau Community School and Floyd Dryden Middle School.

This composite photo shows Kristy Germain and Stacy Diouf, two long-serving Juneau educators, who have been acting as interim principals at Sayéik: Gastineau Community School and Floyd Dryden Middle School, respectively. Recently, they were both named to their positions permanently. (Juneau Empire File and Courtesy Photo)
Nathan Jackson, a Ketchikan-based Traditional Woodcarver and Sculptor was named a 2021 USA Fellow on Wednesday. The honor came from United States Artists, an organization dedicated to promoting artists. Winners receive $50,000 in prize money to use based on their needs. (Courtesy Photo / Hall Anderson, United States Artists)

A Q&A with renowned Northwest Coast artist Nathan Jackson

The Ketchikan-based artist was named a 2021 USA Fellow last week.

Nathan Jackson, a Ketchikan-based Traditional Woodcarver and Sculptor was named a 2021 USA Fellow on Wednesday. The honor came from United States Artists, an organization dedicated to promoting artists. Winners receive $50,000 in prize money to use based on their needs. (Courtesy Photo / Hall Anderson, United States Artists)
Capital City Fire/Rescue recently distributed challenge coins as a thank you to the emergency workers and staff who assisted with COVID-19 testing at the Juneau International Airport from March 2020 until Jan. 31. On Feb. 1, state contractor Capstone took over airport testing. (Courtesy Photo/City and Borough of Juneau)

COVID-19 testing continues at the airport under new management

Capstone takes over efforts from CBJ and CCFR

Capital City Fire/Rescue recently distributed challenge coins as a thank you to the emergency workers and staff who assisted with COVID-19 testing at the Juneau International Airport from March 2020 until Jan. 31. On Feb. 1, state contractor Capstone took over airport testing. (Courtesy Photo/City and Borough of Juneau)
A sign stands near the Auke Village Recreation Area, which is part of the Tongass National Forest. During the first few weeks of Joe Biden's presidency, he's issued several executive orders related to conservation. SEACC is hosting a webinar series to help people in Southeast Alaska learn more about how executive orders during the first 100 days of  Biden's presidency might affect The Tongass National Forest and other issues related to climate change. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
A sign stands near the Auke Village Recreation Area, which is part of the Tongass National Forest. During the first few weeks of Joe Biden's presidency, he's issued several executive orders related to conservation. SEACC is hosting a webinar series to help people in Southeast Alaska learn more about how executive orders during the first 100 days of  Biden's presidency might affect The Tongass National Forest and other issues related to climate change. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
State Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, has his temperature taken inside the Alaska State Capitol on Jan. 19, 2021. The high tech check-ins have become routine over the past few weeks. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
State Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, has his temperature taken inside the Alaska State Capitol on Jan. 19, 2021. The high tech check-ins have become routine over the past few weeks. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
A fishing vessel is drawfed by the Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Pearl in Juneau's downtown harbor in September 2014. On Thursday, Canada announced a ban on cruise vessels in Canadian waters through February 2022. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

‘Devestating decision’: Locals react to Canada’s cruise ban

The announcement was made Thursday.

A fishing vessel is drawfed by the Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Pearl in Juneau's downtown harbor in September 2014. On Thursday, Canada announced a ban on cruise vessels in Canadian waters through February 2022. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Courtesy Photo/Hall Anderson, United States Artists
Nathan Jackson, a Ketchikan-based Traditional Woodcarver and Sculptor was named a 2021 USA Fellow on Wednesday.

Renowned Northwest Coast artist named USA Fellow

United States Artists awards $50,000 to the Ketchikan-based artist.

Courtesy Photo/Hall Anderson, United States Artists
Nathan Jackson, a Ketchikan-based Traditional Woodcarver and Sculptor was named a 2021 USA Fellow on Wednesday.
On Wednesday night, the Finance Committee will meet to discuss the future of the Household Assistance and Individual Assistance programs. The programs, which are were funded with federal CARES Act money, aim to help people who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

CBJ Finance Committee to consider expanding relief programs

With nearly $5 million already distributed, more need remains.

On Wednesday night, the Finance Committee will meet to discuss the future of the Household Assistance and Individual Assistance programs. The programs, which are were funded with federal CARES Act money, aim to help people who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Fireworks illuminate the night sky over the Mendenhall Valley on New Year's Eve. Based on resident complaints, CBJ is considering new regulations that will restrict the types of fireworks that can be used in different parts of the borough, limit the sale of fireworks and impose fines of $500 for violations. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

CBJ considers new restrictions on fireworks

Fuse is lit, but final decision is still a ways off.

Fireworks illuminate the night sky over the Mendenhall Valley on New Year's Eve. Based on resident complaints, CBJ is considering new regulations that will restrict the types of fireworks that can be used in different parts of the borough, limit the sale of fireworks and impose fines of $500 for violations. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Wildflower Court staff and residents are quarantining after the City and Borough announced a cluster of COVID-19 cases at the site. So far, all affected residents and staff are asymptomatic. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)

Residents and staff at care facility still symptom-free

The majority of staff and residents are vaccinated.

Wildflower Court staff and residents are quarantining after the City and Borough announced a cluster of COVID-19 cases at the site. So far, all affected residents and staff are asymptomatic. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)
This image shows treponema pallidum, the bacteria that cause syphilis. (Courtesy Photo / NIAID)

Syphilis infections are surging in Alaska

A variety of forces are leading to the increased numbers.

This image shows treponema pallidum, the bacteria that cause syphilis. (Courtesy Photo / NIAID)