Michael S. Lockett

Juneau City Hall on Monday, March 30, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Finance committee votes to hold line on property tax

“Projects will still go on. Services will still go on.”

Juneau City Hall on Monday, March 30, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
Marie Claire Harris and Roman walk down the newly repaved Kaxdigoowu Héen Dei (Brotherhood Bridge Trail) on, May 27, 2020. The trail has been moved, repaved, and reopened after riverbank erosion threatened the original trail. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Kaxdigoowu Héen Dei (Brotherhood Bridge) project starts off big summer for Juneau trails

Treadwell Ditch Trail is one among many trails recieving some TLC.

Marie Claire Harris and Roman walk down the newly repaved Kaxdigoowu Héen Dei (Brotherhood Bridge Trail) on, May 27, 2020. The trail has been moved, repaved, and reopened after riverbank erosion threatened the original trail. (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)

Good Samaritans, Coast Guard rescue capsized boaters

Good Samaritans and good life jacket use likely saved their lives.

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)
A bald eagle perches on top of the whale statue at Mayor Bill Overstreet Park on May 26, 2020. The pump rooms for the whale have been repaired after being damaged by flooding last October, but theywill remain turned off for now to save costs and discourage gatherings. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Thar she doesn’t blow: Whale statue all fixed up, but will remain off for now

Cost-saving and crowd-prevention will keep the statue quiet for now.

A bald eagle perches on top of the whale statue at Mayor Bill Overstreet Park on May 26, 2020. The pump rooms for the whale have been repaired after being damaged by flooding last October, but theywill remain turned off for now to save costs and discourage gatherings. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

JPD: Man subdued after trying to grab officer’s sidearm during arrest

The suspect was charged with 17 separate offenses, including drug and firearm charges.

Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire 
                                Henry Williams runs from Douglas to the Mendenhall Valley on Memorial Day to honor dead service members, including his relative, Air Force Tech Sgt. Leslie Dominic Williams, who died in Afghanistan in 2011.

Memorial Day passes quietly amid coronavirus concerns, damp weather

People found their own ways to honor the hallowed dead.

Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire 
                                Henry Williams runs from Douglas to the Mendenhall Valley on Memorial Day to honor dead service members, including his relative, Air Force Tech Sgt. Leslie Dominic Williams, who died in Afghanistan in 2011.
Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire 
                                The senior class of 2020 graduates with much less pomp and circumstance as the coronavirus keeps gatherings truncated and social interaction at arms length, May 22, 2020.
Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire 
                                The senior class of 2020 graduates with much less pomp and circumstance as the coronavirus keeps gatherings truncated and social interaction at arms length, May 22, 2020.
A black bear feeds on dandelions near Peterson Creek in this August 2018 photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Be mindful of inquisitive ursine neighbors as weather warms

Bears are trash scavengers, particularly in lean years

A black bear feeds on dandelions near Peterson Creek in this August 2018 photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Person taken to hospital after paraglider stranded on Mount Roberts

The glider will remain visible on the side of the mountain for a few days.

People get drinks and sun at the Flight Deck, Thursday, May 21. Restaurants are among the businesses able to open to 100% capacity as of Friday although many business owners and managers said they intend to proceed slowly. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Juneau businesses leerily eye new phase of reopening

Some are opening the throttle, but many are holding at Phase 2 levels.

People get drinks and sun at the Flight Deck, Thursday, May 21. Restaurants are among the businesses able to open to 100% capacity as of Friday although many business owners and managers said they intend to proceed slowly. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Lemon Creek Correctional Center had its first confirmed case of the coronavirus on April 10, 2020. There are now 11 staff members and 5 of their family members with confirmed cases. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Union president voices correctional officers’ concerns amid rising cumulative case count

Testing procedures, flow of information and testing, and lack of hazard pay are all worries.

Lemon Creek Correctional Center had its first confirmed case of the coronavirus on April 10, 2020. There are now 11 staff members and 5 of their family members with confirmed cases. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

2 taken to hospital after motorcycle-car collision

The collision occured near the Mendenhall Glacier.

First Student employees and Juneau School District food services supervisor Adrianne Schwartz, left, carry student meals off the bus they’re being distributed from near Juneau-Douglas High School:Yadaa.at Kalé, March 16, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

School year meal program switching to summer mode

They served more than 60,000 meals in two months.

First Student employees and Juneau School District food services supervisor Adrianne Schwartz, left, carry student meals off the bus they’re being distributed from near Juneau-Douglas High School:Yadaa.at Kalé, March 16, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Lemon Creek Correctional Center has its first confirmed case of the coronavirus, April 10, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Lemon Creek Correctional Center has its first confirmed case of the coronavirus, April 10, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Two cars were immolated in a fire under investigation by the Capital City Fire/Rescue fire marshals early on May 3, 2020. The fire is being treated as suspicious. (Courtesy photo | CCFR)

Reward announced for info on double vehicle arson

The fire marshal is seeking information on the crime.

Two cars were immolated in a fire under investigation by the Capital City Fire/Rescue fire marshals early on May 3, 2020. The fire is being treated as suspicious. (Courtesy photo | CCFR)
C-17 Globemaster III cargo planes from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson performed a flyby over Juneau on May 15, 2020, to support the efforts of medical and emergency personnel in the face of the coronavirus. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Coming in hot: Juneau gathers to watch Air Force flyover

The aircraft flew low down the Gastineau Channel.

C-17 Globemaster III cargo planes from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson performed a flyby over Juneau on May 15, 2020, to support the efforts of medical and emergency personnel in the face of the coronavirus. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire
                                Many restaurants and eateries in Juneau have had to refit to deal with the new realities of the coronavirus. Deckhand Dave’s is one of those, reopening on May 15, 2020.
Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire
                                Many restaurants and eateries in Juneau have had to refit to deal with the new realities of the coronavirus. Deckhand Dave’s is one of those, reopening on May 15, 2020.
Juneau City Hall on Monday, March 30, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

City asks governor for collaboration on travel restrictions

Juneau is a lynchpin for the region, the Assembly says.

Juneau City Hall on Monday, March 30, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
A C-17 Globemaster III aircraft of the 517th Airlift Squadron takes off from Bryant Army Airfield on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Monday, March 7, 2016. C-17s from JBER will conduct a flyover of Juneau on May 15, 2020, to celebrate first responders. (U.S. Air Force | Justin Connaher)

Air Force and Air National Guard aircraft to conduct flyover

The demonstration comes on the heels of similar demos in the Lower 48.

A C-17 Globemaster III aircraft of the 517th Airlift Squadron takes off from Bryant Army Airfield on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Monday, March 7, 2016. C-17s from JBER will conduct a flyover of Juneau on May 15, 2020, to celebrate first responders. (U.S. Air Force | Justin Connaher)

Brushes with greatness: Juneau students earn recognition in national art competition

Students brought home gold medals and an American Vision Award.