Michael S. Lockett

Natalie Zimmerman, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé and member of the cheer team, tosses out a dead Christmas tree as part of a fundraiser for the team during 2019. (Natalie Zimmerman | Courtesy photo)

Win-win: JDHS cheerleading team to recycle trees to fundraise

Don’t want to get pine needles all over your car? Let someone else do it.

Natalie Zimmerman, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé and member of the cheer team, tosses out a dead Christmas tree as part of a fundraiser for the team during 2019. (Natalie Zimmerman | Courtesy photo)
Courtney Pegus with a stuffed Kermit on his shoulders and other Polar Dip participants start off 2020 with a charge into the water at Auke Bay Recreation Area. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Juneau Polar Bear Dip goes down swimmingly

Even a warm winter means a cold swim.

Courtney Pegus with a stuffed Kermit on his shoulders and other Polar Dip participants start off 2020 with a charge into the water at Auke Bay Recreation Area. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Officers from the Juneau Police Department investigate an officer-involved shooting that occured early Sunday morning off of Cinema Drive Sunday. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Man killed by police screamed at and threatened officer with chain

Police release more details about Sunday’s officer-involved shooting.

Officers from the Juneau Police Department investigate an officer-involved shooting that occured early Sunday morning off of Cinema Drive Sunday. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Burglars used rocks to break into the Gas N’ Go early Tuesday and steal an unknown quantity of vaping supplies, Dec. 31, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Gas station burglarized for second time this year

Burglars broke window, took vaping-related items.

Burglars used rocks to break into the Gas N’ Go early Tuesday and steal an unknown quantity of vaping supplies, Dec. 31, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Loridee Wilson, John Franklin Godfrey, and Tracy Lynn Day are among the missing persons on the registry from the Juneau area. (Composite photo | Juneau Empire)

New registry shows 131 unresolved missing persons cases in Juneau since 1960

It’s uncommon for people to go missing in Juneau, but it does happen.

Loridee Wilson, John Franklin Godfrey, and Tracy Lynn Day are among the missing persons on the registry from the Juneau area. (Composite photo | Juneau Empire)
Cody Eyre, 20, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers in Fairbanks during a mental health crisis on Dec. 24, 2017. (Samantha Eyre-Harrison | Courtesy Photo)

Wrongful death? Family of man gunned down by police files lawsuit

Christmas Eve marks the second anniversary of his death.

Cody Eyre, 20, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers in Fairbanks during a mental health crisis on Dec. 24, 2017. (Samantha Eyre-Harrison | Courtesy Photo)
Don’t drink and drive on New Year’s Eve, ride safe for free
Don’t drink and drive on New Year’s Eve, ride safe for free
Landfill accepting Christmas trees for free this month

Landfill accepting Christmas trees for free this month

Finally, a place to divest yourself of that rotting tree-corpse!

Landfill accepting Christmas trees for free this month
A loaded tots from Nano’s Kitchen at Louie’s Douglas Inn, Dec. 23, 2019. (Robert Monteith | Juneau Empire)
A loaded tots from Nano’s Kitchen at Louie’s Douglas Inn, Dec. 23, 2019. (Robert Monteith | Juneau Empire)
The National Weather Service issued a gale warning for the waters around Juneau and most of the Inside Passage, Dec. 26, 2019. (Screenshot | National Weather Service)
The National Weather Service issued a gale warning for the waters around Juneau and most of the Inside Passage, Dec. 26, 2019. (Screenshot | National Weather Service)
JPD seeking information on Sportsman’s shoplifter

JPD seeking information on Sportsman’s shoplifter

The incidents occurred in October.

JPD seeking information on Sportsman’s shoplifter
Russ Hazlett (left), a commercial fishing vessel inspector for Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, performs a CFV safety exam in Kotzebue, Alaska, July 10, 2019. (Courtesy photo | U.S. Coast Guard)

Coast Guard pulls out stops in yearlong facilities inspection mission

The state has more than 380 bulk oil facilities to certify, almost all of them remote.

Russ Hazlett (left), a commercial fishing vessel inspector for Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, performs a CFV safety exam in Kotzebue, Alaska, July 10, 2019. (Courtesy photo | U.S. Coast Guard)
File photo of Juneau Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighters at work. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
File photo of Juneau Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighters at work. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
An MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to the “Eightballers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as the carrier transits the Gulf of Alaska on May 25, 2019. (MC2 Anthony J. Rivera | United States Navy)
An MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to the “Eightballers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, approaches the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as the carrier transits the Gulf of Alaska on May 25, 2019. (MC2 Anthony J. Rivera | United States Navy)
Juneau Police Department Chief Ed Mercer helps a child pick out Christmas presents for their families during the annual Shop with a Cop event, sponsored by the Alaska Peace Officer Association, at Fred Meyer on Dec. 21, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Glenn Ojard)
Juneau Police Department Chief Ed Mercer helps a child pick out Christmas presents for their families during the annual Shop with a Cop event, sponsored by the Alaska Peace Officer Association, at Fred Meyer on Dec. 21, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Glenn Ojard)
Dredging continues in the basin at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. The area will be used to construct floats for the charter vessel fleet. The floats will be in use by the whale watching charters in May of 2021. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Auke Bay work prepares for underwater demolitions next year

Harbors deepened, rocks demolished: Statter Harbor is getting a makeover.

Dredging continues in the basin at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. The area will be used to construct floats for the charter vessel fleet. The floats will be in use by the whale watching charters in May of 2021. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Man arrested, indicted for 2017 Kake murder

Man arrested, indicted for 2017 Kake murder

He was arrested in Washington on Saturday.

Man arrested, indicted for 2017 Kake murder
Rebekah Garcia waits in line for the 10 p.m. showing of the latest movie, “Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker” outside the 20th Century Theatre dressed as Boushh, a character from the “Empire Strikes Back” on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Star Wars hardcore: Fans line up hours ahead of premiere

Fans brave the elements for their love of a galaxy far, far away.

Rebekah Garcia waits in line for the 10 p.m. showing of the latest movie, “Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker” outside the 20th Century Theatre dressed as Boushh, a character from the “Empire Strikes Back” on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Western bacon cheeseburger from Sandbar & Grill. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Beyond the Ale: Sandbar and Grill

The fish and chips really is all that.

Western bacon cheeseburger from Sandbar & Grill. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
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)