Michael S. Lockett

Rear Adm. Nathan Moore, commander of Coast Guard District 17, speaks during a ceremony at University of Alaska Southeast for the renewal of the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative on July 25, 2022. (Courtesy photo / USCG)

Coast Guard and UAS renew commissioning program partnership

The Coast Guard is always seeking new talent for its officer corps.

 

A Coast Guard aircrew fro Coast Guard Air Station Sitka rescued a boat’s captain after his vessel ran aground southeast of Yakutat on Thursday morning. (Courtesy photo / USCG)

Coast Guard rescue man after vessel runs aground

Aircrews also medevaced a crewman from a cargo ship near Dutch Harbor.

 

A Ward Air seaplane takes off on July 23, 2022. Low cloud ceilings and limited visibility have scrubbed a number of flights from small airplane operators who are in the Southeast recently. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Low ceilings, low visibility: Weather interferes with flights

Persistent weather conditions can interfere with the flights that connect the Southeast.

 

Marine life sculpted by Gary Staab and Ray Troll adorn the wall outside the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ College of Fisheries and Ocean Science building at Lena Point. UAF is offering a new Master of Marine Policy Program in partnership with University of Alaska Southeast. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

University of Alaska launches new marine policy graduate program

The master’s degree is purpose built for this most-maritime of states.

Marine life sculpted by Gary Staab and Ray Troll adorn the wall outside the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ College of Fisheries and Ocean Science building at Lena Point. UAF is offering a new Master of Marine Policy Program in partnership with University of Alaska Southeast. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Calhoun Avenue from Cope Park to the governor’s mansion is being replaced, along with associated infrastructure. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

City forging ahead through busy roadwork season

The city has more than a dozen active road project from simple repaving to more involved work.

Calhoun Avenue from Cope Park to the governor’s mansion is being replaced, along with associated infrastructure. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
The pool at the Dimond Park Aquatics Centers lies glassily smooth on July 23, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Public wades into candidate pool for city aquatics director

Candidates spoke to members of the public about their priorities and qualifications.

The pool at the Dimond Park Aquatics Centers lies glassily smooth on July 23, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Students show off their new backpacks at Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s annual backpack distribution at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on July 23, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Back to school: Tlingit and Haida holds annual backpack distribution

Hundreds of backpacks were distributed, with hundreds still to go out.

Students show off their new backpacks at Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s annual backpack distribution at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on July 23, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel triage a casualty during an exercise simulating a plane crash at Juneau International Airport on July 23, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

(Simulated) great balls of fire: Airport carries out emergency plan exercise

Dozens of volunteers took part, simulating the variously wounded survivors of a plane crash.

Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel triage a casualty during an exercise simulating a plane crash at Juneau International Airport on July 23, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Chris Cotton, in black, and Matthew Wetherholt measure off distance in a house they and other members of Team Rubicon, a disaster-recovery nonprofit, are helping to restore following the Haines landslide of 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Haines recovery continues with help from within and without

Dozens of landslides struck the town, destroying homes and requiring extensive rebuilding.

Chris Cotton, in black, and Matthew Wetherholt measure off distance in a house they and other members of Team Rubicon, a disaster-recovery nonprofit, are helping to restore following the Haines landslide of 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discontinued a program of monitoring the COVID levels aboard cruise ships operating in the United States on Tuesday. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

CDC coronavirus-status program for cruise ships discontinued

Politicians and industry officials lauded the move.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discontinued a program of monitoring the COVID levels aboard cruise ships operating in the United States on Tuesday. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot watches as the aircrew assists overdue boaters, July 18, 2022. (Lt. Scott Kellerman / U.S. Coast Guard)

USCG conducts multiple rescues around state

Coast Guard aircrews stayed busy on Monday from the Southeast to western Alaska.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot watches as the aircrew assists overdue boaters, July 18, 2022. (Lt. Scott Kellerman / U.S. Coast Guard)
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Local, state and federal agencies will participate in a major exercise at Juneau International Airport on Saturday.

Airport to stage major drill Saturday

It’s an exercise held every three years.

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Local, state and federal agencies will participate in a major exercise at Juneau International Airport on Saturday.
Juneau local Joseph Monsef will be among the first volunteers to head out as the Peace Corps sends its volunteers forth once more. (Courtesy photo / Peace Corps)

Juneau student among first of new wave of Peace Corps members

He’s wheels-up for Uganda within weeks.

Juneau local Joseph Monsef will be among the first volunteers to head out as the Peace Corps sends its volunteers forth once more. (Courtesy photo / Peace Corps)
Construction on Glacier Highway in the Lemon Creek area is scheduled to finish on schedule, said a Department of Transportation and Public Facilities spokesperson. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Lemon Creek, Valley road projects on track for scheduled finish

Some small projects are also slated for finishes this summer, and others for next year.

Construction on Glacier Highway in the Lemon Creek area is scheduled to finish on schedule, said a Department of Transportation and Public Facilities spokesperson. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Tourists walk the piers downtown on July 14, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Mid-season passenger numbers at roughly two-thirds capacity

There’s about the same number of hulls, but less passengers aboard than pre-pandemic.

Tourists walk the piers downtown on July 14, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Beginning Saturday, dialing 9-8-8 will connect callers to a mental heal crisis call center nationwide, based on the caller’s area code. It’s an expansion of extant Careline programs. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Nation stands up mental health crisis hotline

Three-digit number will connect callers not with police or fire, but with a mental crisis lifeline.

Beginning Saturday, dialing 9-8-8 will connect callers to a mental heal crisis call center nationwide, based on the caller’s area code. It’s an expansion of extant Careline programs. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
The Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition has a variety of surveys and programs surging forward to increase Juneau’s resilience. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

‘Mental health is not just in a clinic. It’s everywhere’: Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition works with communitywide scope

Much of the work JPSC is doing is to reach out to groups to help teach and strengthen them.

The Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition has a variety of surveys and programs surging forward to increase Juneau’s resilience. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
A man sought by the police after his family reported him missing turned himself in and was detained on Wednesday morning. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Missing man found, arrested

He contacted police early Wednesday morning.

A man sought by the police after his family reported him missing turned himself in and was detained on Wednesday morning. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
Rusted oil barrels are visible on the riverbank of the Eagle River as erosion exposes more debris from roadbuilding infrastructure buried decades. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Erosion reveals old oil drums near Eagle Beach

The situation is noncritical, said state and federal agencies working on a removal solution.

Rusted oil barrels are visible on the riverbank of the Eagle River as erosion exposes more debris from roadbuilding infrastructure buried decades. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf returns home to California following a nearly three-month patrol monitoring for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing on Nov. 1, 2021. (Chief Petty Officer Matt Masaschi / U.S. Coast Guard)

Coast Guard announces penalties against fishing vessels

The annual patrol to monitor illegal fishing is set to begin soon.

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf returns home to California following a nearly three-month patrol monitoring for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing on Nov. 1, 2021. (Chief Petty Officer Matt Masaschi / U.S. Coast Guard)