Michael S. Lockett

Ginger Hudson, seen here on July 23, 2021, stepped up as the manager of the Jensen-Olson Arboretum in January of 2021, taking over one of the northernmost arboretums in the world, as well as one renowned internationally for its collection of primrose plants. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

New arboretum manager takes root

It’s a rare gardner that has experience growing plants this far north.

Ginger Hudson, seen here on July 23, 2021, stepped up as the manager of the Jensen-Olson Arboretum in January of 2021, taking over one of the northernmost arboretums in the world, as well as one renowned internationally for its collection of primrose plants. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
The Teal Street Center, shown here in concept, is a combined social services hub located next to the new Glory Hall and expected to break ground this autumn. (Courtesy art / United Human Services)

Combined social services center receives major funding grant

The center, located next to the new Glory Hall, breaks ground this autumn.

The Teal Street Center, shown here in concept, is a combined social services hub located next to the new Glory Hall and expected to break ground this autumn. (Courtesy art / United Human Services)
A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka aircrew rescued three mariners on the Chilkat River near Haines, Sunday night.

Coast Guard rescues 3 near Haines

A seperate mission rescued a person injured by a bear near Nome.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka aircrew rescued three mariners on the Chilkat River near Haines, Sunday night.
A sign on a city bus urges the use of face coverings. Masks are again required in city facilities because of an uptick in cases locally and throughout the state. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
A sign on a city bus urges the use of face coverings. Masks are again required in city facilities because of an uptick in cases locally and throughout the state. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Eaglecrest Ski Area is working to improve its lower Nordic trails, hardening them to provide a better base for grooming equipment during the winter season, among other improvements this summer. (Courtesy photo / Charlie Herrington)

Eaglecrest uses summer to make widespread improvements

The ski area is making improvements for both summer and winter activities.

Eaglecrest Ski Area is working to improve its lower Nordic trails, hardening them to provide a better base for grooming equipment during the winter season, among other improvements this summer. (Courtesy photo / Charlie Herrington)
A bear spray manufacturer issued a recall on a bear repellant product, shown here with identifying characteristics, that may not spray as intended. (Screenshot / SABRE)

Company issues recall on bear spray canisters

A mechanical malfunction may cause the spray not to work.

A bear spray manufacturer issued a recall on a bear repellant product, shown here with identifying characteristics, that may not spray as intended. (Screenshot / SABRE)
Kenneth Manzanares, 42, appears in U.S. District Court in Juneau for a change of plea hearing in this February 2020 photo. A barrier put in place in the public courtroom hallway blocked Manzanares from public view, per the judge’s orders. Photography is not allowed in the courtroom. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Man sentenced in wife’s beating death on Alaska cruise dies

He was found unresponsive in his cell Wednesday morning.

Kenneth Manzanares, 42, appears in U.S. District Court in Juneau for a change of plea hearing in this February 2020 photo. A barrier put in place in the public courtroom hallway blocked Manzanares from public view, per the judge’s orders. Photography is not allowed in the courtroom. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire 
Glory Hall executive director Mariya Lovishchuk points out some of the new features of the new Glory Hall, located near the airport and set to open on Thursday, July 22, 2021.

New Glory Hall readies for opening next week

The new structure, with twice the space of the old one, has far better accomodations.

Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire 
Glory Hall executive director Mariya Lovishchuk points out some of the new features of the new Glory Hall, located near the airport and set to open on Thursday, July 22, 2021.
A 60-year-old Juneau man was sentenced for multiple sexual assaults, some occurring as far back as 1999, on Tuesday at Dimond Courthouse, seen here Oct. 20, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Juneau man sentenced for multiple sexual assaults

The offenses occurred between 1999 and 2015.

A 60-year-old Juneau man was sentenced for multiple sexual assaults, some occurring as far back as 1999, on Tuesday at Dimond Courthouse, seen here Oct. 20, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
A bystander intervened in an attack near Nugget Mall Wednesday afternoon, resulting in the arrest of a 32-year-old man for multiple charges. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Man arrested for assault after bystander intervenes

The victim was seriously injured and taken to the hospital.

A bystander intervened in an attack near Nugget Mall Wednesday afternoon, resulting in the arrest of a 32-year-old man for multiple charges. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
A person aboard the American Constellation wears a mask as the ship arrives late Monday afternoon at the downtown cruise docks. A cluster of COVID-19 cases associated with the ship has reached 10. All known cases in the cluster are isolating. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Cruise ship COVID cluster reaches 10

Public Health: Risk of exposure to the public is low

A person aboard the American Constellation wears a mask as the ship arrives late Monday afternoon at the downtown cruise docks. A cluster of COVID-19 cases associated with the ship has reached 10. All known cases in the cluster are isolating. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
The commercial fishing vessel Della G, seen here the next morning, caught fire and was completely destroyed in the Gastineau Channel on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. (U.S. Coast Guard / Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Knight)

Adrift and ablaze: emergency services respond to late-night boat fire

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that torched the 32-foot vessel.

The commercial fishing vessel Della G, seen here the next morning, caught fire and was completely destroyed in the Gastineau Channel on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. (U.S. Coast Guard / Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Knight)
William Tamaree of the Kayáashkéedítaan clan stands next to the Kéet Koowaal in this undated photo. The Kéet Koowaal is being returned to the clan from a museum in Alabama. (Courtesy photo / CCTHITA)

Alaska Native works coming home after decades down South

The objects will be returned to home, to be displayed in a future cultural ceremony.

William Tamaree of the Kayáashkéedítaan clan stands next to the Kéet Koowaal in this undated photo. The Kéet Koowaal is being returned to the clan from a museum in Alabama. (Courtesy photo / CCTHITA)
Courtesy photo / CCTHITA
Tribal leaders from across the Southeast, including President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson of Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, left; President Gloria Burns of the Ketchikan Indian Community, center; and Marina Anderson, Tribal Adminitrator of the Organized Village of Kaasan, right; and many others attended a consultation with officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service last week to meet and set the ground for replacing protections for the Tongass National Forest.

Federal officials meet with Southeast tribal governments

The current administration says they’re trying to have a better relationship than the previous one.

Courtesy photo / CCTHITA
Tribal leaders from across the Southeast, including President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson of Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, left; President Gloria Burns of the Ketchikan Indian Community, center; and Marina Anderson, Tribal Adminitrator of the Organized Village of Kaasan, right; and many others attended a consultation with officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service last week to meet and set the ground for replacing protections for the Tongass National Forest.
A former SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium chiropractor accused of more than 15 counts of sexual assault while he was employed at SEARHC will not have his conditions of release altered, a Juneau judge decided on Monday. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Conditions unchanged for ex-chiropractor charged with sexual assaults

The defendant isn’t to leave the country or to do chiropractictic work, but remains unincarcerated.

A former SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium chiropractor accused of more than 15 counts of sexual assault while he was employed at SEARHC will not have his conditions of release altered, a Juneau judge decided on Monday. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
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The Coast Guard’s 2020 Boating Safety Statistics Report highlighted an expected spike in boater accidents, deaths, and injuries with more people on the water during the pandemic.

Boating accidents, casualties expectedly high in 2020

More people on the water with the pandemic means more potential for accidents to happen.

Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File 
The Coast Guard’s 2020 Boating Safety Statistics Report highlighted an expected spike in boater accidents, deaths, and injuries with more people on the water during the pandemic.
Two hikers, third and fourth from the right, were rescued after being stranded on Mount Roberts Wednesday evening by rapidly changing weather. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Mountain Rescue)

2 hikers stranded by weather rescued off Mount Roberts

Juneau’s mercurial weather left them high, but not dry.

Two hikers, third and fourth from the right, were rescued after being stranded on Mount Roberts Wednesday evening by rapidly changing weather. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Mountain Rescue)
The Coast Guard is investigating a series of three vessels sinking across Southeast Alaska within an approximately twelve-hour period in late June. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Coast Guard investigating multiple sinkings from last week

No casualties were reported, and owners are working to refloat one of the vessels.

The Coast Guard is investigating a series of three vessels sinking across Southeast Alaska within an approximately twelve-hour period in late June. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
A series of earthquakes occurred roughly 100 miles northwest of Juneau on Thursday afternoon. (Screenshot / United States Geological Survey)

Multiple earthquakes occur near Klukwan

The mild shock caused no immediate emergencies in Juneau

A series of earthquakes occurred roughly 100 miles northwest of Juneau on Thursday afternoon. (Screenshot / United States Geological Survey)
Capt. Darwin R. Jensen, left, takes command of Coast Guard Sector Juneau from Capt. Stephen J. White, right, in a change of command ceremony at the station on July 7, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Sector Juneau holds change of command ceremony

The new commander is no stranger to Juneau, however.

Capt. Darwin R. Jensen, left, takes command of Coast Guard Sector Juneau from Capt. Stephen J. White, right, in a change of command ceremony at the station on July 7, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)