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Kenny Solomon-Gross retrieves packages at the Federal Building Post Office on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Post offices hustle to handle holiday haul

Deadlines for shipping to the Lower 48 are coming up fast.

Kenny Solomon-Gross retrieves packages at the Federal Building Post Office on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Auke Bay Elementary School principal Nancy Peel introduces Angie Wright, center, who received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, alongside Superintendent Dr. Bridget Weiss, during a Juneau School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

School board recognizes outstanding teachers, old and new

The school board and members of the Legislature came together to thank some outstanding educators.

Auke Bay Elementary School principal Nancy Peel introduces Angie Wright, center, who received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, alongside Superintendent Dr. Bridget Weiss, during a Juneau School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Members of the Juneau Audubon Society pose for a picture with members of the Idea Homeschool Program team at the FIRST Lego League competition to commend their novel approach to reducing bird strikes. The competition was at Centennial Hall on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Alexia Kiefer | Courtesy Photo)

Students recognized for idea to stop birds from flying into windows

Bird strikes claim more than 1 billion birds a year.

Members of the Juneau Audubon Society pose for a picture with members of the Idea Homeschool Program team at the FIRST Lego League competition to commend their novel approach to reducing bird strikes. The competition was at Centennial Hall on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Alexia Kiefer | Courtesy Photo)
Raylynn Lawless, who keeps bees with her husband, Cody Barril, gestures toward the hive in her Mendenhall Valley backyard. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Beekeeping in Southeast Alaska ain’t easy

Specially adapted bees and overwintering procedures help mitigate the cold.

Raylynn Lawless, who keeps bees with her husband, Cody Barril, gestures toward the hive in her Mendenhall Valley backyard. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Gina Chi-Mott, general manager of the Breakwater Inn, shows a burned mattress on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, from a room fire on Sunday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sunday marred by fires in Mendenhall Valley, near Aurora Harbor

Winter leads to an increase in residential fires, assistant chief for CCFR says.

Gina Chi-Mott, general manager of the Breakwater Inn, shows a burned mattress on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, from a room fire on Sunday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Pedestrian struck by vehicle, medevaced to Seattle

JPD did not release the names of either person.

Man sentenced to 99 years for 2016 Klawock murder

Prosecutors sought the maximum punishment.

A tree swallow flies from a nesting box after feeding chicks at the Juneau Community Gardens in 2016. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A tree swallow flies from a nesting box after feeding chicks at the Juneau Community Gardens in 2016. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Loaded Tots and Afterschool Special from Imperial Grill at Imperial Billiard and Bar downtown. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Beyond the Ale: Imperial Grill

There’s no need to keep looking for your god, because it’s called the Crunchy Wrap, and it loves you.

Loaded Tots and Afterschool Special from Imperial Grill at Imperial Billiard and Bar downtown. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Members of the veterans group Fight Oar Die will row across the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, kicking off Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Fight Oar Die)

Auke Bay man among team of veterans to row across Atlantic

The research may help to save more veterans in the future.

Members of the veterans group Fight Oar Die will row across the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, kicking off Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Fight Oar Die)

Driver rams through Salvation Army gate downtown

The driver was arrested for drunken driving.

Juneau Police Officer Jim Quinto, center, and CJ Warnaca put Nick Morgan into the back of a police cruiser at the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Buildig on Channel Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Morgan was a suspect involved with a stolen vehicle parked in the department’s lot. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Civilian car chase ends in collision, arrests

The driver and passenger were arrested.

Juneau Police Officer Jim Quinto, center, and CJ Warnaca put Nick Morgan into the back of a police cruiser at the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Buildig on Channel Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Morgan was a suspect involved with a stolen vehicle parked in the department’s lot. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Chris Miller is followed by Izzy as he snowboards at Eaglecrest on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Eaglecrest ‘family’ helps recover stolen snowboards

A watchful patron helped police find snowboards stolen from Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Chris Miller is followed by Izzy as he snowboards at Eaglecrest on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Holiday lights decorate the Governor’s House on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. The annual Governor’s Open House is Tuesday, Dec. 10. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Dunleavy, music, cookies to appear at holiday open house

There will be more than 15,000 cookies and 100 pounds of fudge.

Holiday lights decorate the Governor’s House on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. The annual Governor’s Open House is Tuesday, Dec. 10. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Juneau police officers respond to Douglas Breeze In on Monday evening. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Update: Two arrested at Douglas Breeze In for vehicle theft

The vehicle was stolen from Aurora Harbor Sunday night, police say.

Juneau police officers respond to Douglas Breeze In on Monday evening. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka carries out training in Juneau, Alaska, June 26, 2018. (Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios | U.S. Coast Guard)

Coast Guard medevacs teen from wilderness therapy camp

The teenager suffered from chest pains during a hike.

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka carries out training in Juneau, Alaska, June 26, 2018. (Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios | U.S. Coast Guard)

Beyond the Ale: The search for Juneau’s best bar food

For our first bar food review, we decided to first try Devil’s Hideaway.

Resource Coordinator Anne Edwards, left, and Cleaning House Coordinator Karen Parker go through donated houseware items at Love, Inc. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Love, Inc., works as a clearinghouse to receive requests for assistance and eliminate duplicated services between churches and community agencies. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

A hand where it’s needed: Donation season ramps up

What organizations need the most as the holidays approach.

Resource Coordinator Anne Edwards, left, and Cleaning House Coordinator Karen Parker go through donated houseware items at Love, Inc. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Love, Inc., works as a clearinghouse to receive requests for assistance and eliminate duplicated services between churches and community agencies. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Chuck Smythe, Ph.D., History and Culture Director for Sealaska Heritage Institute, standing next to reproduction of Tlingit battle armor by Sitka artist Tommy Joseph, gives a tour of new temporary exhibit, “War & Peace” in the institute’s gallery on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. The exhibit opens Friday, Dec. 6, for Gallery Walk and will be up until February. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

A wound still bleeding: New exhibit lays bare war and peace in the Southeast

The U.S. military’s treatment of the Tlingit has been an unkind one.

Chuck Smythe, Ph.D., History and Culture Director for Sealaska Heritage Institute, standing next to reproduction of Tlingit battle armor by Sitka artist Tommy Joseph, gives a tour of new temporary exhibit, “War & Peace” in the institute’s gallery on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. The exhibit opens Friday, Dec. 6, for Gallery Walk and will be up until February. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)