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Trevor Kellar, a community navigator for St. Vincent de Paul, offers Sheila Robinson a cup of coffee on Friday, July 20, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

‘A picture of hope’: Social service program offers helping hand to homeless

Michael Good has spent most of his adult life homeless. Just one week ago that all changed and he said he has his faith in… Continue reading

 

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly and Finance Committee will meet this week. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire File)

City will receive CCFR staff update

Juneau’s city fire department could be receiving a boost in staffing. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will hear an update on how many… Continue reading

 

Heidi Brocious speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce about the Housing First project during its weekly luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, July 19, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Housing First facility may more than double in size

The Housing First facility may be more than doubling its residents. Bruce Denton, Vice Chair on the Housing First board, said Housing First — a… Continue reading

 

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly decided to open applications beyond City Hall for a new municipal attorney. Amy Mead, the current city attorney, was named the state’s newest Juneau Superior Court judge on July 2 and will be ending her term with the city in August. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

City opens municipal attorney search to outside candidates

The city’s new municipal attorney search is officially open. The City and Borough Assembly met Thursday afternoon and decided that the search for a new… Continue reading

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly decided to open applications beyond City Hall for a new municipal attorney. Amy Mead, the current city attorney, was named the state’s newest Juneau Superior Court judge on July 2 and will be ending her term with the city in August. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
Gold Town Nickelodeon will be premiering the film “Andy Irons: Kissed By God” which focuses on the pro surfer’s struggle with mental illness and addiction. (Courtesy Photo | Alaska Mental Health Board)

Film shows pro surfer’s struggle with mental illness, addiction

Mark Landvik grew up in Juneau and is now a professional snowboarder. Just three years ago he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. That diagnosis is… Continue reading

Gold Town Nickelodeon will be premiering the film “Andy Irons: Kissed By God” which focuses on the pro surfer’s struggle with mental illness and addiction. (Courtesy Photo | Alaska Mental Health Board)

Search for municipal attorney continues

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly is holding a special meeting to discuss the hiring process for a replacement city municipal attorney at Assembly… Continue reading

Construction crews continue the rebuilding of Project Playground at Twin Lakes on Monday, July 16, 2018. The Community portion of the build will be August 8 – 12, 2018. Built in 2007, the playground burned down in 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Rebuilding of Twin Lakes playground on schedule

Project Playground committee still in need of volunteers.

Construction crews continue the rebuilding of Project Playground at Twin Lakes on Monday, July 16, 2018. The Community portion of the build will be August 8 – 12, 2018. Built in 2007, the playground burned down in 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Kenny Solomon-Gross, Vice President and Manager of Gross Alaska Theatres, demonstrates the use of their new closed captioning and assistive listening systems at the 20th Century Theatre in downtown Juneau on Monday, July 16, 2018. The systems are available both downtown and their Glacier Cinemas in the Mendenhall Valley. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Local movie theaters now offering devices for hearing, visually impaired

20th Century Theatre, Glacier Cinemas now Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.

Kenny Solomon-Gross, Vice President and Manager of Gross Alaska Theatres, demonstrates the use of their new closed captioning and assistive listening systems at the 20th Century Theatre in downtown Juneau on Monday, July 16, 2018. The systems are available both downtown and their Glacier Cinemas in the Mendenhall Valley. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Matt Barnaby of Barnaby Brewing, talks about brewing a beer at his North Franklin location on Monday, April 9, 2018 before a fire closed the brewery. Barnaby recently won an award for its “I’ll Have Another 2018” smoked beer. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Two local breweries win medals at US Open of Beer

Two local breweries were recently awarded for the craftsmanship of their ales. Alaskan Brewing Company and Barnaby Brewing Company each earned a medal during the… Continue reading

Matt Barnaby of Barnaby Brewing, talks about brewing a beer at his North Franklin location on Monday, April 9, 2018 before a fire closed the brewery. Barnaby recently won an award for its “I’ll Have Another 2018” smoked beer. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Clyde Didrickson and his wife, Charlotte, smile and hug each other in their new home Friday morning. The couple were able to get their new home through a Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority grant funding program aimed to help veterans. (Gregory Philson | Juneau Empire)

‘It is a blessing’: Grant offering housing for Alaska Native veterans

Program has helped 19 individuals or familes in the last year.

Clyde Didrickson and his wife, Charlotte, smile and hug each other in their new home Friday morning. The couple were able to get their new home through a Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority grant funding program aimed to help veterans. (Gregory Philson | Juneau Empire)
Fitch and Associates members Steve Knight and BJ Jungman make a presentation along with Capital City and Fire Rescue Fire Chief Steve Etheridge during the City and Borough of Juneau Committee of the Whole meeting Wednesday. (Gregory Philson| Juneau Empire)

Fire department may receive additional staff members

The city’s fire department is short on staff and may get the help it needs. The City and Borough of Juneau Committee of the Whole… Continue reading

Fitch and Associates members Steve Knight and BJ Jungman make a presentation along with Capital City and Fire Rescue Fire Chief Steve Etheridge during the City and Borough of Juneau Committee of the Whole meeting Wednesday. (Gregory Philson| Juneau Empire)
Bartlett Regional Hospital CEO Chuck Bill talks during the weekly Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Moose Lodge Thursday. (Gregory Philson | Juneau Empire)

Bartlett Regional CEO discusses state of hospital

Bartlett Regional Hospital is progressing with more ways to care for its patients. Bartlett Regional Hospital CEO Chuck Bill explained what the hospital is doing… Continue reading

Bartlett Regional Hospital CEO Chuck Bill talks during the weekly Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Moose Lodge Thursday. (Gregory Philson | Juneau Empire)
Mayo Schmidt, former CEO of Hydro One Limited, left retired from the company. The entire board of directors at Hydro One also resigned. The announcement was made by Canadian Premier Doug Ford Wednesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Hydro One CEO, entire board no longer with company

The Chief Executive Officer of Canadian-owned Hydro One Limited and the entire Hydro One board of directors are officially no longer with the company. Canadian… Continue reading

Mayo Schmidt, former CEO of Hydro One Limited, left retired from the company. The entire board of directors at Hydro One also resigned. The announcement was made by Canadian Premier Doug Ford Wednesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
This is an aerial view at the intersection of Front Street and Seward Street downtown. (Courtesy Photo | Josh McGraw)

Local artists showcase talent as part of downtown revitalization

Rico Worl, Christy Eriksen discuss medallions, Front and Seward streets intersection.

This is an aerial view at the intersection of Front Street and Seward Street downtown. (Courtesy Photo | Josh McGraw)

Local artists showcase talent as part of downtown revitalization

Sitting at the intersection of Seward Street and Fronts Street, Rico Worl’s mind began spinning about a new design concept. Worl, a local artist who… Continue reading

In this June 2017 photo, a pedestrian walks by City Hall on June 7, 2017. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire File)

City taking deeper look into pre-K program ballot measure

Correction: A previous version of this article erroneously stated that the discussion about the Best Starts program will take place this week. It will be… Continue reading

In this June 2017 photo, a pedestrian walks by City Hall on June 7, 2017. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire File)

Yakutat undergraduate, mental-health advocate chosen for Judson Brown Scholarship

An undergraduate student at the Alaska Pacific University who is pursuing a degree in counseling psychology won Sealaska Heritage Institute’s 2018 Judson L. Brown Leadership… Continue reading

Loud fireworks should be banned

I have lived in the Mendenhall Valley for 34 years. Consumer fireworks were not an issue for most of those years. When the city fireworks… Continue reading

Personal use of fireworks should be open to a public vote

Another Fourth of July suffering through eight-10 hours of unending firework displays all around us. Do I have rights about having peace and quiet in… Continue reading

Debbie Reinwand (Courtesy Photo | Debbie Reinwand)

Former Empire reporter’s production company wins Emmy

A former Empire reporter recently won an Emmy Award for her production company’s work on an Alaska historical documentary. Debbie Reinwand, a 1977 graduate of… Continue reading

Debbie Reinwand (Courtesy Photo | Debbie Reinwand)