Dana Zigmund

Cheryl Fellman enters the chilly waters of Auke Bay. Freeman is on the verge of becoming one of only 43 Americans — and 422 people worldwide — to swim an official Ice Mile. (Courtesy photo/Cheryl Fellman)
Cheryl Fellman enters the chilly waters of Auke Bay. Freeman is on the verge of becoming one of only 43 Americans — and 422 people worldwide — to swim an official Ice Mile. (Courtesy photo/Cheryl Fellman)
Self-described costume enthusiast and owner of Balloons by Night Moods, Kathy Buell, displays a dragon costume on Oct. 27. She said that the shop offers costumes for men, women and children and that plenty remain available for this weekend's festivities. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
Self-described costume enthusiast and owner of Balloons by Night Moods, Kathy Buell, displays a dragon costume on Oct. 27. She said that the shop offers costumes for men, women and children and that plenty remain available for this weekend's festivities. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
The downtown branch of the Juneau Public Library on April 7, 2020. Residents who wonder what portion of their tax dollars go to support the library can now find out through Taxpayer Receipt. This new, online tool estimates how the City and Borough of Juneau spends property and sales taxes with a personalized and detailed program-by-program breakdown itemizing the number of tax dollars a resident spends on each program (Michael S. Lockett/Juneau Empire File)

Anatomy of a taxing body: City offers tool that breaks down spending

Earlier this week, the city’s Finance Department introduced Taxpayer Receipt.

The downtown branch of the Juneau Public Library on April 7, 2020. Residents who wonder what portion of their tax dollars go to support the library can now find out through Taxpayer Receipt. This new, online tool estimates how the City and Borough of Juneau spends property and sales taxes with a personalized and detailed program-by-program breakdown itemizing the number of tax dollars a resident spends on each program (Michael S. Lockett/Juneau Empire File)
Long-serving City and Borough of Juneau Assembly member Loren Jones, addresses the crowd at his last assembly meeting on Oct. 25. His wife of almost 52 years, La Rae Jones, stands beside him. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)

Changing of the guard

Jones departs, Blake joins, Weldon and Hale return

Long-serving City and Borough of Juneau Assembly member Loren Jones, addresses the crowd at his last assembly meeting on Oct. 25. His wife of almost 52 years, La Rae Jones, stands beside him. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
Juneau’s unified football cheerleaders supported the football team Friday night in Anchorage and picked up a slew of awards, including “Grand Master Champs” at Saturday's "Rally in the Valley" cheer competition at Colony High School in Palmer. (Courtesy photo/Carlene Nore)

Juneau’s cheerleaders bring home a W

Team earns top honors at the Rally in the Valley

Juneau’s unified football cheerleaders supported the football team Friday night in Anchorage and picked up a slew of awards, including “Grand Master Champs” at Saturday's "Rally in the Valley" cheer competition at Colony High School in Palmer. (Courtesy photo/Carlene Nore)
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The Norwegian Encore slips past Douglas Island on Sept. 8, as part of 2021’s abbreviated cruise season. In 2020, COVID-19 halted all cruise traffic. Earlier this year, Norwegian Cruise Lines announced $10 million in donations to communities hard hit by 2020’s pandemic-induced suspension on cruising, including $2 million to organizations in Juneau. Recently, local organizations have started to receive the money.
Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire 
The Norwegian Encore slips past Douglas Island on Sept. 8, as part of 2021’s abbreviated cruise season. In 2020, COVID-19 halted all cruise traffic. Earlier this year, Norwegian Cruise Lines announced $10 million in donations to communities hard hit by 2020’s pandemic-induced suspension on cruising, including $2 million to organizations in Juneau. Recently, local organizations have started to receive the money.
Carl Schrader and his dog, Luna, on Sandy Beach on Oct. 18. Schrader, who is a longtime hospice volunteer, credits a strong personal meditation practice and walks with his dog with helping him restore his emotional energy after working with people who are dying and their families. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)

Serving neighbors, supporting families, standing witness

Hospice volunteer reflects on his work

Carl Schrader and his dog, Luna, on Sandy Beach on Oct. 18. Schrader, who is a longtime hospice volunteer, credits a strong personal meditation practice and walks with his dog with helping him restore his emotional energy after working with people who are dying and their families. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
A brisk wind blows leaves into the water near Eagle Beach State Recreation area on Friday, Oct. 22. The falling leaves are one sign that winter is coming to Southeast Alaska. On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center released its winter outlook and predicted a second winter with a La Nina climate. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)

A La Nina winter is coming

La Nina could mean colder-than-normal temps

A brisk wind blows leaves into the water near Eagle Beach State Recreation area on Friday, Oct. 22. The falling leaves are one sign that winter is coming to Southeast Alaska. On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center released its winter outlook and predicted a second winter with a La Nina climate. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
Anthony Mallott, president and CEO of Sealaska Corp. reflected on the 50th Anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act during the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce weekly lunch on Thursday.
Anthony Mallott, president and CEO of Sealaska Corp. reflected on the 50th Anniversary of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act during the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce weekly lunch on Thursday.
This March 2020 photo shows Juneau’s City Hall. On Tuesday, the canvass review board certified the 2021 municipal election results. The final results did not reflect any significant changes over the preliminary results that were released last Friday. (Peter Segall /Juneau Empire File)

City officials certify election

Final count closely mirrors preliminary numbers

This March 2020 photo shows Juneau’s City Hall. On Tuesday, the canvass review board certified the 2021 municipal election results. The final results did not reflect any significant changes over the preliminary results that were released last Friday. (Peter Segall /Juneau Empire File)
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Michelle Ward and Anthony Davidson walk their children, Kyesin, 6, left, CJ, 5, center, and Callen, 2, down Seward Street as they visit downtown merchants for Halloween 2018. This year, downtown businesses are taking a pass on trick-or-treating. However, options for spooky fun and treat gathering abound.
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File 
Michelle Ward and Anthony Davidson walk their children, Kyesin, 6, left, CJ, 5, center, and Callen, 2, down Seward Street as they visit downtown merchants for Halloween 2018. This year, downtown businesses are taking a pass on trick-or-treating. However, options for spooky fun and treat gathering abound.
School board member Emil Mackey places a ballot in the drop box at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library vote center on Oct. 5. Three open seats on the Juneau School District Board of Education attracted eight candidates, including two write-in candidates. Based on the most recent election returns, write-in candidate Will Muldoon earned enough votes to win a seat on the board. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
School board member Emil Mackey places a ballot in the drop box at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library vote center on Oct. 5. Three open seats on the Juneau School District Board of Education attracted eight candidates, including two write-in candidates. Based on the most recent election returns, write-in candidate Will Muldoon earned enough votes to win a seat on the board. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
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This photo shows a ballot for the 2021 municipal election. Friday night, unofficial results including all ballots approved for counting were released. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Inching closer to final results

City clerk releases new batch of election returns Friday evening

This photo shows a ballot for the 2021 municipal election. Friday night, unofficial results including all ballots approved for counting were released. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
A voter casts his ballot in Juneau’s municipal election at the Douglas Library on Sept. 23. On Monday evening, City and Borough of Juneau election officials issued updated election results. The count continued today and city officials expect to have additional returns on Oct. 15. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)

Vote count continues

Write-in candidate pulls ahead for likely spot on school board

A voter casts his ballot in Juneau’s municipal election at the Douglas Library on Sept. 23. On Monday evening, City and Borough of Juneau election officials issued updated election results. The count continued today and city officials expect to have additional returns on Oct. 15. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
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David Kimbrough, 7, right, Clayton Haywood, 6, center, and Kyla Belcourt, 8, play in sprinklers set up during the RALLY program at Harborview Elementary School on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. RALLY provides before- and after-school care to families with school-age children and offers care during school breaks. Recently, some parents have complained that the price of the program is too high. Meanwhile, school officials say RALLY routinely loses money and that changes are needed to make it more sustainable.

RALLY attendance stresses family and program budgets

School administrators look for a sustainable operating model

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File 
David Kimbrough, 7, right, Clayton Haywood, 6, center, and Kyla Belcourt, 8, play in sprinklers set up during the RALLY program at Harborview Elementary School on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. RALLY provides before- and after-school care to families with school-age children and offers care during school breaks. Recently, some parents have complained that the price of the program is too high. Meanwhile, school officials say RALLY routinely loses money and that changes are needed to make it more sustainable.
A Juneau resident receives a flu shot while getting a booster shot for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at Centennial Hall on Oct. 2, 2021. More than 1,300 Juneau residents received booster shots at the clinic and about half of those people also received a flu shot. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Experts urge flu shots ASAP

Jabs keep infections down and free up health care resources

A Juneau resident receives a flu shot while getting a booster shot for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at Centennial Hall on Oct. 2, 2021. More than 1,300 Juneau residents received booster shots at the clinic and about half of those people also received a flu shot. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Alan Young leads the Juneau Symphony through a Tuesday night rehearsal inside St. Paul's Catholic Church. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Alan Young leads the Juneau Symphony through a Tuesday night rehearsal inside St. Paul's Catholic Church. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Election workers Nora Laughlin and Bob Laurie man the City Hall election station on the last day of voting for Juneau's municipal election, Oct. 5, 2021. On Friday, results started to roll in with more expected Monday. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Update: Continuing count shuffles early results

With almost 70% of the vote counted, results remain unofficial

Election workers Nora Laughlin and Bob Laurie man the City Hall election station on the last day of voting for Juneau's municipal election, Oct. 5, 2021. On Friday, results started to roll in with more expected Monday. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Sarah Traiger drops off a ballot at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library vote center on Tuesday, the last day to cast a ballot in the City and Borough of Juneau’s 2021 municipal election. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Sarah Traiger drops off a ballot at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library vote center on Tuesday, the last day to cast a ballot in the City and Borough of Juneau’s 2021 municipal election. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)