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Eaglecrest Ski Area is preparing to open for its 2021-2022 season with infrastructure upgrades and eased COVID mitigation strategies. (Courtesy photo / Nate Morris)

Freshly up-gunned Eaglecrest readying for opening day

New snow guns and hardened nordic trails will great winter sport enthusiasts on opening day.

Eaglecrest Ski Area is preparing to open for its 2021-2022 season with infrastructure upgrades and eased COVID mitigation strategies. (Courtesy photo / Nate Morris)
Public Health nurse April Rezendes gives a Juneau resident their flu vaccine at the Juneau Public Health Center on Nov. 23, 2021. The vaccine is available as are COVID-19 vaccinations. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Juneau now offering walk-in vaccines and boosters

Boosters are free, easy, and convenient to get.

Public Health nurse April Rezendes gives a Juneau resident their flu vaccine at the Juneau Public Health Center on Nov. 23, 2021. The vaccine is available as are COVID-19 vaccinations. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
The Wrangell Institute was one of many residential schools in Alaska dedicated to involuntarily teaching the Indigenous people of the state European ways of living, forcibly breaking them from their own Alaska Native cultures. (Courtesy photo / National Park Service)

Churches respond to revelations about residential schools

That acknowledgement is taking a number of forms, varying by institution.

The Wrangell Institute was one of many residential schools in Alaska dedicated to involuntarily teaching the Indigenous people of the state European ways of living, forcibly breaking them from their own Alaska Native cultures. (Courtesy photo / National Park Service)
Derek St Clair aims at a target during the Juneau Gun Club’s annual Turkey Shoot on Nov. 20, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Shooters shoot: Juneau Gun Club brings back Turkey Shoot

Juneau residents came out firing for the annual event.

Derek St Clair aims at a target during the Juneau Gun Club’s annual Turkey Shoot on Nov. 20, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
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Volunteers from the Thunder Mountain High School Interact Club prepare Thanksgiving food baskets for the Juneau Society of St. Vincent de Paul on Nov. 18.

Juneau reaches out helping hand for Thanksgiving

Volunteers and donations bring out their best.

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Volunteers from the Thunder Mountain High School Interact Club prepare Thanksgiving food baskets for the Juneau Society of St. Vincent de Paul on Nov. 18.
Triangle Club bartender Sam Sims pulls a pint on Nov. 17, 2021 as Juneau recently announced that bars would be able to operate for their full hours under modified mitigation measures. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Bar owners welcome eased mitigation measures

Rapidly shifting tides around mitigation measures have made many of them leery, however.

Triangle Club bartender Sam Sims pulls a pint on Nov. 17, 2021 as Juneau recently announced that bars would be able to operate for their full hours under modified mitigation measures. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Juneau’s Team Forget-Me-Not competes in the Synchro Fall Classic in California in November as they return to competitions after nearly two years without skating against another team. (Courtesy photo / Cynthia Slawter Photography)
Juneau’s Team Forget-Me-Not competes in the Synchro Fall Classic in California in November as they return to competitions after nearly two years without skating against another team. (Courtesy photo / Cynthia Slawter Photography)
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This August photo shows the cutter Midgett moored in Juneau. The U.S. Coast Guard, including the Midgett, is as of early November edging toward total vaccination.

Coast Guard edges toward full active-duty vaccination nationwide

Along with the other armed services, more than 90% of active duty members are fully vaccinated.

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This August photo shows the cutter Midgett moored in Juneau. The U.S. Coast Guard, including the Midgett, is as of early November edging toward total vaccination.
Police and family are search for 29-year-old Clifford K. White, missing for several weeks, and last seen near Switzer Village. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Police Department)

Family seeks information on missing man as search continues

He’s been missing for several weeks, and was last seen in Switzer Village.

Police and family are search for 29-year-old Clifford K. White, missing for several weeks, and last seen near Switzer Village. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Police Department)
The former Walmart was used as an example for a vacant building that could potentially be assessed for redevelopment via a federal grant that Juneau is applying for. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

City to apply for grant to potentially redevelop underused buildings

This grant will help assess what contaminants or chemicals may be present on potential sites.

The former Walmart was used as an example for a vacant building that could potentially be assessed for redevelopment via a federal grant that Juneau is applying for. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
A Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat-Medium patrols Auke Bay during an exercise in 2018. (Lt. Brian Dykens / U.S. Coast Guard)
A Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat-Medium patrols Auke Bay during an exercise in 2018. (Lt. Brian Dykens / U.S. Coast Guard)
Douglas Island Pink and Chum had a better year than 2020, and things appear to be improving for next year, said hatchery employees. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

DIPAC clocks good 2021 season

Returns aren’t as good as several years ago but they’re an improvement over 2020’s dismal numbers.

Douglas Island Pink and Chum had a better year than 2020, and things appear to be improving for next year, said hatchery employees. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Ivan Nance, a Coast Guard veteran, is one of the people enrolled in Southeast Alaska Independent Living’s Veterans’ Options for Independence, Choice and Empowerment, a program designed to give more control to veterans over how their caregiving is delivered. (Courtesy photo / Ivan Nance)

SAIL seeking to expand high-level veteran care program

The program gives veterans with a high need of care more control over their own affairs.

Ivan Nance, a Coast Guard veteran, is one of the people enrolled in Southeast Alaska Independent Living’s Veterans’ Options for Independence, Choice and Empowerment, a program designed to give more control to veterans over how their caregiving is delivered. (Courtesy photo / Ivan Nance)
Lt. Scott Erickson teaches a class on use of force policy to a group of Juneau residents during the Juneau Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy on Nov. 4, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Juneau residents get look at policing with Citizen’s Academy

A handful of Juneau residents are getting up close and learning some of the fine details of the job.

Lt. Scott Erickson teaches a class on use of force policy to a group of Juneau residents during the Juneau Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy on Nov. 4, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
The remains of a 32-year-old Juneau resident missing since late September were discovered near the Flume Trail on Sunday. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Police Department)

Remains of missing man located off Flume Trail

The police are continuing to investigate as the body is flown to Anchorage for autopsy.

The remains of a 32-year-old Juneau resident missing since late September were discovered near the Flume Trail on Sunday. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Police Department)
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Juneau Police Department Chief Ed Mercer said that crime numbers were looking good as Juneau steers its way out of the pandemic.

Police: Crime numbers trend down as Juneau navigates out of pandemic

Property crimes were Juneau’s biggest category for the last several years.

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Juneau Police Department Chief Ed Mercer said that crime numbers were looking good as Juneau steers its way out of the pandemic.
The Healing Hand Foundation is holding a black tie dinner honoring Ethel Lund, a pioneer in tribal healthcare, on her 90th birthday as it fundraises for a new scholarship. (Courtesy photo / HHF)

Nonprofit holding 90th birthday gala for tribal health care trailblazer

The gala is funraising for a scholarship for other prospective Alaska Native healthcare workers.

The Healing Hand Foundation is holding a black tie dinner honoring Ethel Lund, a pioneer in tribal healthcare, on her 90th birthday as it fundraises for a new scholarship. (Courtesy photo / HHF)
Police are seeking information about a 29-year-old man after his family reported him missing on Saturday. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Police Department)

Police seeking information on missing man

The 29-year-old hasn’t been seen for several weeks.

Police are seeking information about a 29-year-old man after his family reported him missing on Saturday. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Police Department)
Icy conditions caused a wreck on Egan Drive near the hospital on Nov. 4, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Two taken to hospital following crash

Two were injured, but no one was killed.

Icy conditions caused a wreck on Egan Drive near the hospital on Nov. 4, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
A 50-year-old man was arrested in Fred Meyer on Tuesday afternoon for threatening behavior, said a police spokesperson. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Man arrested for threatening behavior in Fred Meyer

The man was yelling and swinging a baseball bat in the air.

A 50-year-old man was arrested in Fred Meyer on Tuesday afternoon for threatening behavior, said a police spokesperson. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)