Michael S. Lockett

Four whales struck by vessels this year in Southeast

NOAA investigates vessels for possible negligence.

Dimond Courthouse is home to Juneau’s court systems, Oct. 25, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

As Alaska public defenders offices are foundering, Juneau holds steady

Southeast is OK, but the state’s public defenders are in rough seas.

Dimond Courthouse is home to Juneau’s court systems, Oct. 25, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Loretto Lee Jones, 65, appears in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, during her trial on Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend felony theft and fraud. The two charges stem from allegations that Jones filed for her PFD payout in 2016 while having resided outside the state for more than 180 days. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Attorneys dive right into heart of PFD fraud case

The past isn’t always easy to reconstruct.

Loretto Lee Jones, 65, appears in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, during her trial on Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend felony theft and fraud. The two charges stem from allegations that Jones filed for her PFD payout in 2016 while having resided outside the state for more than 180 days. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Loretto Lee Jones, a former Assembly candidate, is on trial for PFD fraud. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Loretto Lee Jones, a former Assembly candidate, is on trial for PFD fraud. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Selina Finley, center, reluctantly listens to a judgment by the Judge, played by Teri Tibbett, right, during a Reentry Simulation event at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. The event was sponsored by Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska in partnership with the Juneau Reentry Coalition and Alaska Mental Health Trust. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Selina Finley, center, reluctantly listens to a judgment by the Judge, played by Teri Tibbett, right, during a Reentry Simulation event at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. The event was sponsored by Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska in partnership with the Juneau Reentry Coalition and Alaska Mental Health Trust. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Micah Nelson, 28, arrives in Juneau Superior Court for his arraignment on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Micah Nelson, 28, arrives in Juneau Superior Court for his arraignment on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The USCGC Healy, the Coast Guard’s only medium icebreaker, lies moored to the pier in Juneau as it returns to Seattle at the end of deployment, Oct. 27, 2019. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

One-of-a-kind Coast Guard icebreaker visits Juneau on way home

The Coast Guard’s only medium icebreaker swings through Juneau.

The USCGC Healy, the Coast Guard’s only medium icebreaker, lies moored to the pier in Juneau as it returns to Seattle at the end of deployment, Oct. 27, 2019. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
Two men were involved in a crash on Glacier Highway that killed one early Thursday morning. (Courtesy photo | Juneau Police Department)
Two men were involved in a crash on Glacier Highway that killed one early Thursday morning. (Courtesy photo | Juneau Police Department)
The moon rises over the State Office Building on Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Be spooky and safe this year, says JPD

The only scary thing this year should be the costumes.

The moon rises over the State Office Building on Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A black bear is seen at the Alaska State Capitol on Oct. 4, 2018. (Megan Wallace | Courtesy photo)

Bear-ly any nuisance bears in Juneau this year

A ‘paws’ in unwelcome ursine visitors.

A black bear is seen at the Alaska State Capitol on Oct. 4, 2018. (Megan Wallace | Courtesy photo)
Micah Nelson, 28.

Update: Wanted man arrested peacefully after standoff

Police took him into custody without violence.

Micah Nelson, 28.
City and Borough of Juneau Parks and Recreation Director George Schaaf speaks during the opening of the new pavilion at Auke Lake. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Auke Lake rec area one step closer to completion

The project is one of many successes.

City and Borough of Juneau Parks and Recreation Director George Schaaf speaks during the opening of the new pavilion at Auke Lake. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Micah Nelson is wanted by the Juneau Police Department in connection with an assault Tuesday.

Man wanted for assaulting woman during attempted robbery

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Micah Nelson is wanted by the Juneau Police Department in connection with an assault Tuesday.
The wastewater pumps were overwhelmed during an early October storm and caused a backup of sewage into the Mayor Bill Overstreet Park utilities building. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Whale statue pump repairs on track, but no clear end date set

Questions about who will do the repairs remain.

The wastewater pumps were overwhelmed during an early October storm and caused a backup of sewage into the Mayor Bill Overstreet Park utilities building. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Repairs to Egan Drive will wind down until the spring thaw. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

See something orange missing from Egan Drive?

No more Mario-Kart downtown for drivers.

Repairs to Egan Drive will wind down until the spring thaw. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Gale warning issued for Southeast

Make sure your boats are secured for heavy seas.

Photos: Spooky visitors swing by Pioneer House

The residents got some seasonal cheer early this year.

Wayne Smallwood lines up with the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans honor guard to lead dance groups parade through downtown Juneau on Saturday, June 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

As the ice melts, military ambitions in Alaska heat up

Russian encroachment in Alaska airspace is also a growing issue.

Wayne Smallwood lines up with the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans honor guard to lead dance groups parade through downtown Juneau on Saturday, June 9, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Outcry over dog being shot turned out to be fishy

Concerns about his odor are very real, though.

79-year-old man beaten brutally

The victim needed three days rest before he could make it to the hospital.