Kevin Gullufsen

The wall of the Red Chris tailings pond is a little less than 350 feet, or about the height of a 35-story building. It follows the same design as the Mount Polley tailings dam, which broke in 2014, sending 24 million cubic meters of toxic mine tailings into the Fraser River watershed. It is designed, however, to hold 305 million cubic meters of mine waste — seven times more than Mount Polley. Both mines are owned by Imperial Metals. (Courtesy Photo | Garth Lenz via Salmon State)

Transboundary mine faces $200-million cash crunch

With a strike, falling copper prices and more than $554-million ($723 million Canadian) soon due to lenders, Canadian mine owner Imperial Metals, which operates the… Continue reading

The wall of the Red Chris tailings pond is a little less than 350 feet, or about the height of a 35-story building. It follows the same design as the Mount Polley tailings dam, which broke in 2014, sending 24 million cubic meters of toxic mine tailings into the Fraser River watershed. It is designed, however, to hold 305 million cubic meters of mine waste — seven times more than Mount Polley. Both mines are owned by Imperial Metals. (Courtesy Photo | Garth Lenz via Salmon State)

Youth take mantle during ocean cleanup day

The generation to face the biggest issues with marine debris will take the issue on locally.

National Forest System Acting Deputy Chief Chris French speaks at a public informational meeting on Thursday on development of an Alaska-specific version of the national Roadless Rule. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)

Skepticism at first Alaska Roadless Rule meeting

As rulemaking process begins, Juneau meeting draws out public’s skepticism.

National Forest System Acting Deputy Chief Chris French speaks at a public informational meeting on Thursday on development of an Alaska-specific version of the national Roadless Rule. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)
The Holland America Line ship Amsterdam sits at port in Juneau on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. The Amsterdam is one of eight ships that have received Notice of Violations for air opacity issued by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Holland America Line ship Amsterdam sits at port in Juneau on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. The Amsterdam is one of eight ships that have received Notice of Violations for air opacity issued by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
DeHarts Auke Bay Store is pictured on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)

Amid construction, owner puts DeHarts up for sale

Auke Bay is changing, and with it, so will DeHarts Auke Bay Store.

DeHarts Auke Bay Store is pictured on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)
A U.S. Forest Service crew works to replace the nearly 30-year-old roof on the historic building of Skaters Cabin on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Skater’s Cabin gets new look

A new roof being installed at the historic cabin should lessen leaks and vandalism.

A U.S. Forest Service crew works to replace the nearly 30-year-old roof on the historic building of Skaters Cabin on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Alaska USA Federal Credit Union will be closing its office in the Sealaska Building. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alaska USA to close only downtown branch

A long-time bank branch in downtown Juneau will soon close. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced to customers this week that it will close its… Continue reading

The Alaska USA Federal Credit Union will be closing its office in the Sealaska Building. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Norwegian Pearl cruise ship, seen docking in Juneau on Tuesday in a screenshot from an Empire video. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Ship exhaust generates flurry of complaints

As exhaust emissions poured from the Norwegian Pearl’s exhaust stack, so too did complaints to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Norwegian Pearl cruise ship, seen docking in Juneau on Tuesday in a screenshot from an Empire video. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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About 200 protesters attended a rally for climate change action at the Alaska Capitol on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)

Conserve, convert, cooperate: Lead Obama climate scientist rallies Juneau

Dr. Don Wuebbles, a former climate scientist for the Obama administration, led a chant outside the Alaska Capitol building on Saturday morning. Before him on… Continue reading

About 200 protesters attended a rally for climate change action at the Alaska Capitol on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)
Roger Castillo watches as a coho salmon he caught leaps he fishes at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has increased the limit to 12 coho salmon in the designated saltwater hatchery sport harvest area due to the large number of returning hatchery coho salmon in excess of broodstock needs. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Roger Castillo watches as a coho salmon he caught leaps he fishes at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has increased the limit to 12 coho salmon in the designated saltwater hatchery sport harvest area due to the large number of returning hatchery coho salmon in excess of broodstock needs. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A male pink salmon makes its way upstream to spawn in August of 2010. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Pink harvest lowest in 40 years

This year’s pink salmon harvest has been dismal.

A male pink salmon makes its way upstream to spawn in August of 2010. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

More permits filed to develop Field of Fireweed

Plans are progressing to develop the Honsinger Pond area, home to a scenic patch of wildflowers called the Field of Fireweed and an 83-acre patch… Continue reading

Juneau charter fisherman appointed to ‘Supreme Court’ of halibut

A Juneau lodge owner and charter fisherman has been named to the International Pacific Halibut Commission, becoming the first charter fisherman to be seated on… Continue reading

A panel of experts on Arctic issues convened in Juneau on Thursday at a meeting of the Hyrdographic Services Review Panel. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)

Ocean minds tackle Arctic marine traffic bump

Sea ice in the Arctic is melting earlier in the spring and forming later in the fall, allowing ships more time to navigate ice-free waterways.… Continue reading

A panel of experts on Arctic issues convened in Juneau on Thursday at a meeting of the Hyrdographic Services Review Panel. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)

Alaska roadless rule opens for public comment

More timber may soon be harvested on the Tongass National Forest and the U.S. Forest Service wants to know what the public thinks about that.… Continue reading

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s planned new electronic charts will be larger scale, allowing mariners to zoom in to get more detail in narrow waterways. (Courtesy Photo | NOAA)

Paper is past: Digital charts on the horizon for NOAA

The tan and blue paper nautical charts that line wheelhouses and galleys on Alaska ships will soon be a relic of the past. In an… Continue reading

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s planned new electronic charts will be larger scale, allowing mariners to zoom in to get more detail in narrow waterways. (Courtesy Photo | NOAA)
NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel meets this week at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

As sea levels rise, more data needed, experts say

Alaska’s ability to measure coastal sea levels suffers from a lack of resources, experts say, at a time when many coastal communities face imminent threats… Continue reading

NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel meets this week at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Southeast to get new Wildlife Supervisor

From Yakutat to Ketchikan, a new wildlife supervisor will direct hunting and wildlife conservation in Southeast. Ryan Scott, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Regional… Continue reading

This July 10, 2008 photo made with a fisheye lens shows ice floes in Baffin Bay above the Arctic Circle, seen from the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker. (Associated Press | Louis S. St-Laurent)

NOAA to work on Arctic at Juneau panel

Meetings this week in Juneau will help shape the future of marine navigation in the Arctic and around Alaska. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s… Continue reading

This July 10, 2008 photo made with a fisheye lens shows ice floes in Baffin Bay above the Arctic Circle, seen from the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker. (Associated Press | Louis S. St-Laurent)