Dana Zigmund

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)
Workers make progress on the Sealaska Heritage Institute's Northwest Coast arts campus on Sept. 24. Supply chain issues and material shortages have been a factor for local construction projects this year. (Michael S. Lockett/Juneau Empire)
Workers make progress on the Sealaska Heritage Institute's Northwest Coast arts campus on Sept. 24. Supply chain issues and material shortages have been a factor for local construction projects this year. (Michael S. Lockett/Juneau Empire)
Thunder Mountain High School on April 18. Earlier this fall, vandalism including stolen soap dispensers and toilets clogged with foreign objects such as paper towel rolls were a problem at schools nationwide and in Juneau. But, principals say the local situation is improving. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

After brief surge, vandalism subsiding at local high schools

Principals say internet trends, stress likely behind incidents.

Thunder Mountain High School on April 18. Earlier this fall, vandalism including stolen soap dispensers and toilets clogged with foreign objects such as paper towel rolls were a problem at schools nationwide and in Juneau. But, principals say the local situation is improving. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Bartlett Regional Hospital on Oct. 4. Jerel Humphrey will step into the top job at the hospital on Oct. 18. He’s the fourth Chief Executive Officer—and the third person to hold the position on an interim basis at the hospital this year. (Michael S. Lockett/Juneau Empire)

Bartlett names interim CEO

Jerel Humphrey starts Oct. 18

Bartlett Regional Hospital on Oct. 4. Jerel Humphrey will step into the top job at the hospital on Oct. 18. He’s the fourth Chief Executive Officer—and the third person to hold the position on an interim basis at the hospital this year. (Michael S. Lockett/Juneau Empire)
Judy Carmichael, of the Judy Carmichael Trio, greeted well-wishers and autographed merchandise at the Heritage Coffee shop’s downtown location on Oct. 1. She visited Juneau to perform as part of the Juneau Jazz & Classics Fall Festival. (Instagram)
Judy Carmichael, of the Judy Carmichael Trio, greeted well-wishers and autographed merchandise at the Heritage Coffee shop’s downtown location on Oct. 1. She visited Juneau to perform as part of the Juneau Jazz & Classics Fall Festival. (Instagram)
Tuesday, Oct. 5, is the last day to vote in the City and Borough of Juneau’s 2021 municipal election. This photo shows a ballot for the races that will be decided this week. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Tuesday, Oct. 5, is the last day to vote in the City and Borough of Juneau’s 2021 municipal election. This photo shows a ballot for the races that will be decided this week. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
This photo shows Bartlett Regional Hospital on Oct. 4, 2021. As hospitals across the state move to crisis standards of care due to surging COVID-19 cases, local hospital officials say that Bartlett Regional Hospital is not at a crisis point. (Michael S. Lockett/Juneau Empire)

Bartlett Hospital services are stable

Hospital officials say no need to delay care

This photo shows Bartlett Regional Hospital on Oct. 4, 2021. As hospitals across the state move to crisis standards of care due to surging COVID-19 cases, local hospital officials say that Bartlett Regional Hospital is not at a crisis point. (Michael S. Lockett/Juneau Empire)
A man stands in the doorway of a downtown shop on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, the day after the City and Borough of Juneau passed an ordinance requiring masks in public places. When passed, the rules included a $25 fine for non-compliance. This week, assembly members reinstated the fine, after they had voted to drop it earlier this summer. (Peter Segall/Juneau Empire File)
A man stands in the doorway of a downtown shop on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, the day after the City and Borough of Juneau passed an ordinance requiring masks in public places. When passed, the rules included a $25 fine for non-compliance. This week, assembly members reinstated the fine, after they had voted to drop it earlier this summer. (Peter Segall/Juneau Empire File)
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Several people participated in a protest in front of City Hall on Sept. 29, before the CBJ Assembly considered extending the current COVID-19 mitigation measures. At the meeting, assembly members voted to extend the measures through March 1, 2022.
Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire 
Several people participated in a protest in front of City Hall on Sept. 29, before the CBJ Assembly considered extending the current COVID-19 mitigation measures. At the meeting, assembly members voted to extend the measures through March 1, 2022.
Water rushes down Gold Creek on Aug. 13, 2021. Juneau residents can expect heavy rain and strong winds beginning Friday. Forecasters expect the strongest winds late Friday night. (Peter Segall/Juneau Empire)

A hard rain’s a-gonna fall: National Weather Service predicts heavy rain and wind

Forecasters suggest securing lawn furniture, loose items

Water rushes down Gold Creek on Aug. 13, 2021. Juneau residents can expect heavy rain and strong winds beginning Friday. Forecasters expect the strongest winds late Friday night. (Peter Segall/Juneau Empire)
The Norwegian Encore sails past Douglas Island on Sept. 8, 2021. The Encore was visiting Juneau as part of an abbreviated cruise season this summer after COVID-19 canceled the 2020 season. The City and Borough of Juneau is currently offering an online survey for residents to share their views on the tourism industry. One of the survey questions addresses the proposal from Norwegian Cruise Lines to build a cruise ship dock on its waterfront property on Egan Drive. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)

CBJ surveys residents about tourism

Residents can weigh in until Oct. 15

The Norwegian Encore sails past Douglas Island on Sept. 8, 2021. The Encore was visiting Juneau as part of an abbreviated cruise season this summer after COVID-19 canceled the 2020 season. The City and Borough of Juneau is currently offering an online survey for residents to share their views on the tourism industry. One of the survey questions addresses the proposal from Norwegian Cruise Lines to build a cruise ship dock on its waterfront property on Egan Drive. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire 
On Sept. 27, Bridget Weiss, superintendent of Juneau Public Schools, stood outside the classroom of former math teacher and basketball coach Bill Szepanski, who inspired her to pursue a degree in education and a teaching and coaching career. Later this week, Weiss will accept the 2022 Alaska Superintendent of the year award in Anchorage.
Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire 
On Sept. 27, Bridget Weiss, superintendent of Juneau Public Schools, stood outside the classroom of former math teacher and basketball coach Bill Szepanski, who inspired her to pursue a degree in education and a teaching and coaching career. Later this week, Weiss will accept the 2022 Alaska Superintendent of the year award in Anchorage.
Joy Lyon, executive director of the Southeast Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children since 1996, left the post on Sept. 1, — precisely 25 years after she first stepped into the role. At her retirement party last week, friends celebrated her love of Dolly Parton and her work to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to children in Juneau and other parts of Southeast Alaska. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)

An ode to Joy

Longtime early childhood advocate retires

Joy Lyon, executive director of the Southeast Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children since 1996, left the post on Sept. 1, — precisely 25 years after she first stepped into the role. At her retirement party last week, friends celebrated her love of Dolly Parton and her work to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to children in Juneau and other parts of Southeast Alaska. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
Within the City and Borough of Juneau, four museums collect objects to tell the tale of the area and its people. The Juneau Empire visited each museum to learn about some of the oldest human-made objects each has on hand. Objects include a Chilkat robe (upper left), a 5,450 year old spruce root basket (upper right), a fish trap (lower left), and a piece of moon rock (lower right). (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)

Turning the clock way, way back

A tour of the oldest objects on display in Juneau’s museums

Within the City and Borough of Juneau, four museums collect objects to tell the tale of the area and its people. The Juneau Empire visited each museum to learn about some of the oldest human-made objects each has on hand. Objects include a Chilkat robe (upper left), a 5,450 year old spruce root basket (upper right), a fish trap (lower left), and a piece of moon rock (lower right). (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)
Bartlett Regional Hospital is looking for an interim CEO after Rose Lawhorne resigned from the top job on Saturday, after six months in the position. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Bartlett to search for interim CEO

Board targets mid-October for new hire

Bartlett Regional Hospital is looking for an interim CEO after Rose Lawhorne resigned from the top job on Saturday, after six months in the position. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
A voter casts his ballot in Juneau’s municipal election at the Douglas Library on Sept. 23. All ballots must be returned to the city by 8 p.m. on election day, Oct. 5. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
A voter casts his ballot in Juneau’s municipal election at the Douglas Library on Sept. 23. All ballots must be returned to the city by 8 p.m. on election day, Oct. 5. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
A ballot for the 2021 municipal election. On Wednesday, Will Muldoon entered the race for a seat on the Juneau Board of Public Education. He’s joining the field of candidates as a write-in option, eight days after city officials mailed ballots to voters and 13 days before ballots are due back. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)

Second write-in candidate joins school board race

Muldoon cites concern over candidate stances on COVID mitigations and board scope drive candidacy

A ballot for the 2021 municipal election. On Wednesday, Will Muldoon entered the race for a seat on the Juneau Board of Public Education. He’s joining the field of candidates as a write-in option, eight days after city officials mailed ballots to voters and 13 days before ballots are due back. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)
Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire 
Grammy-award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey performed all six Bach suites as people filed in April 3 for a second COVID-19 vaccine dose at Centennial Hall.
Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire 
Grammy-award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey performed all six Bach suites as people filed in April 3 for a second COVID-19 vaccine dose at Centennial Hall.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, contracting with Coastal Helicopters, works to reduce avalanche risk on Thane Road by setting off avalanches in a controlled fashion on Feb. 5, 2021. City officials are currently considering adopting new maps that designate additional avalanche and landslide areas downtown. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

City mulls new landslide and avalanche maps

More public process on horizon

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, contracting with Coastal Helicopters, works to reduce avalanche risk on Thane Road by setting off avalanches in a controlled fashion on Feb. 5, 2021. City officials are currently considering adopting new maps that designate additional avalanche and landslide areas downtown. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
This photo shows Juneau School District Board of Education candidates listed on a City and Borough of Juneau municipal election ballot. A review of court records by the Juneau Empire found candidates Ibn Bailey and Thomas Buzard have had protective orders sought against them. The order against Buzard was not granted. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
This photo shows Juneau School District Board of Education candidates listed on a City and Borough of Juneau municipal election ballot. A review of court records by the Juneau Empire found candidates Ibn Bailey and Thomas Buzard have had protective orders sought against them. The order against Buzard was not granted. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)