Michael S. Lockett

The Pacific Spaceport Complex- Alaska is Alaska’s only spaceport, located near Kodiak, Alaska. (Courtesy photo / Alaska Aerospace Corporation)

Eyes on the stars: Launches continue as Alaska’s spaceport thinks expansion

Next week will see one of the six launches that was initially scheduled for 2020.

The Pacific Spaceport Complex- Alaska is Alaska’s only spaceport, located near Kodiak, Alaska. (Courtesy photo / Alaska Aerospace Corporation)
Juneau City Hall on Monday, March 30, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
Juneau City Hall on Monday, March 30, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
The Alaska Bar Association and Alaska Legal Services Corporation will offer a free hotline for noncriminal legal advice for coronavirus related issues on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6-8 p.m. (Courtesy photo | Nordwood Themes)

Law group launches free coronavirus legal advice hotline

The noncriminal advice hotline will be available three days a week.

The Alaska Bar Association and Alaska Legal Services Corporation will offer a free hotline for noncriminal legal advice for coronavirus related issues on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6-8 p.m. (Courtesy photo | Nordwood Themes)
A suspect was arrested Wednesday following the burglary of Bullwinkle’s Pizza Parlor in the Mendenhall Valley on Monday morning. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alleged Bullwinkle’s burglar behind bars

The suspect was arrested peacefully and goods recovered.

A suspect was arrested Wednesday following the burglary of Bullwinkle’s Pizza Parlor in the Mendenhall Valley on Monday morning. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
This electron microscope image made available and color-enhanced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Md., shows Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, orange, isolated from a patient. (Courtesy Image | NIAID, National Institutes of Health)

94 new cases confirmed in Alaska

Seven cases were confirmed in Juneau

This electron microscope image made available and color-enhanced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Md., shows Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, orange, isolated from a patient. (Courtesy Image | NIAID, National Institutes of Health)

Alaska continues streak of high new case numbers

The cases connected to Alaska Glacier Seafoods rises to 40.

Cmdr. Brian McLaughlin speaks to Coast Guard Air Station Sitka personnel during a change of command ceremony held at Air Station Sitka, Alaska, July 17, 2020. (Courtesy photo | U.S. Coast Guard)

Air Station Sitka welcomes new commanding officer

This isn’t his first tour in Alaska.

Cmdr. Brian McLaughlin speaks to Coast Guard Air Station Sitka personnel during a change of command ceremony held at Air Station Sitka, Alaska, July 17, 2020. (Courtesy photo | U.S. Coast Guard)
Eaglecrest Ski Area will be closed to all users on Thursday, July 23, 2020, as they conduct blasting operations. (Courtesy photo | Eaglecrest Ski Area)

Eaglecrest to hold demolition work

They’re blasting into a rock face to create more material for trails.

Eaglecrest Ski Area will be closed to all users on Thursday, July 23, 2020, as they conduct blasting operations. (Courtesy photo | Eaglecrest Ski Area)
The Juneau Police Department organized participation in the National Night Out for all Juneau public services, including Capital City Fire/Rescue, the Alaska State Troopers, and other uniformed and nonuniformed public services, Aug. 6, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
The Juneau Police Department organized participation in the National Night Out for all Juneau public services, including Capital City Fire/Rescue, the Alaska State Troopers, and other uniformed and nonuniformed public services, Aug. 6, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Peter Segall | Juneau Empire 
                                Alaska Glacier Seafoods has had an outbreak of the coronavirus that’s spread to 38 workers as of July 20, 2020.

Alaska and Juneau hit new highs for COVID-19 cases

Juneau had 26 new cases connected to Alaska Glacier Seafoods.

Peter Segall | Juneau Empire 
                                Alaska Glacier Seafoods has had an outbreak of the coronavirus that’s spread to 38 workers as of July 20, 2020.
Bullwinkle’s Pizza Parlor in the Mendenhall Valley was robbed early Monday morning, July 20, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Valley Bullwinkle’s robbed early Monday morning

Police are seeking assistance locating the suspect.

Bullwinkle’s Pizza Parlor in the Mendenhall Valley was robbed early Monday morning, July 20, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Power was cut to many in Juneau late Sunday evening on July 19, 2020. Alaska Electric Light and Power is working to find the fault while transmitting power on another line. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Unknown fault causes brief Juneau-wide power outage

Power was restored within half an hour

Power was cut to many in Juneau late Sunday evening on July 19, 2020. Alaska Electric Light and Power is working to find the fault while transmitting power on another line. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
Faint damage can be seen where Joe and Kendall Carson’s boat struck a whale in a June 29 collision that left three people injured. (Courtesy photo | Kendall Carson)

Passenger tells story of whale collision that injured 3

The unlikely crash does not appear to have seriously hurt any whales

Faint damage can be seen where Joe and Kendall Carson’s boat struck a whale in a June 29 collision that left three people injured. (Courtesy photo | Kendall Carson)
The governor and Department of Public Safety condemned Google in a news release after the company would not allow Alaska State Troopers to pay for further distribution of an ad, July 17, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Governor, Department of Public Safety blast Google after company cancels ad

Google says advertising company needs to be verified for the U.S.

The governor and Department of Public Safety condemned Google in a news release after the company would not allow Alaska State Troopers to pay for further distribution of an ad, July 17, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
Courtesy photo | Kaitlyn Tolin 
                                Kaitlyn Tolin paddled with partner Amanda Painter from Juneau to Haines over three days in early July. They said they were inspired by friends who had made similar paddleboard trips.
Courtesy photo | Kaitlyn Tolin 
                                Kaitlyn Tolin paddled with partner Amanda Painter from Juneau to Haines over three days in early July. They said they were inspired by friends who had made similar paddleboard trips.
The Juneau Board of Education met July 14, 2020 to discuss plans for the upcoming school year. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

School board approves mask policy, later start date

The school board also confirmed Dr. Bridget Weiss for another three years.

The Juneau Board of Education met July 14, 2020 to discuss plans for the upcoming school year. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
This composite of courtesy images shows Juneau artists and art by Juneauites who recently earned Rasmuson Foundation awards. (Top left) a still from “This Place/This Sound”, (top middle) Crystal Worl, (top right) Corinna Cook, (bottom left) Annie Bartholomew, (bottom middle) Christy NaMee Eriksen, (bottom right) painting by Lily Hope. (Courtesy Photos)
This composite of courtesy images shows Juneau artists and art by Juneauites who recently earned Rasmuson Foundation awards. (Top left) a still from “This Place/This Sound”, (top middle) Crystal Worl, (top right) Corinna Cook, (bottom left) Annie Bartholomew, (bottom middle) Christy NaMee Eriksen, (bottom right) painting by Lily Hope. (Courtesy Photos)

Man arrested after being found in air duct

He made it in, but his escape wasn’t such a breeze.

Nolin Ainsworth sights down an Ishapore 2A1 rifle at the Hank Harmon Rifle Range, Dec. 1, 2019. The range will be closed Monday and Tuesday as the brush around the perimeter is cleared by the COVID-19 Conservation Corps. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Rifle range closing Monday and Tuesday for maintenance

It’s been some time since the hedges were trimmed.

Nolin Ainsworth sights down an Ishapore 2A1 rifle at the Hank Harmon Rifle Range, Dec. 1, 2019. The range will be closed Monday and Tuesday as the brush around the perimeter is cleared by the COVID-19 Conservation Corps. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
A Capital City Fire/Rescue ambulance splashes through a flooding area of Riverside Drive on their way to a call in this January 2015 photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Without a million tourists, emergency services still staying busy

The need for medical services has shifted, but it’s still there

A Capital City Fire/Rescue ambulance splashes through a flooding area of Riverside Drive on their way to a call in this January 2015 photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)