Michael S. Lockett

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                                Two cars were immolated early May 3 in a fire that is under investigation by the Capital City Fire/Rescue fire marshals. The fire is being treated as suspicious.

Where there’s smoke, there’s a fire investigator

From education to investigation, fire marshals wear many hats

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                                Two cars were immolated early May 3 in a fire that is under investigation by the Capital City Fire/Rescue fire marshals. The fire is being treated as suspicious.
A wildfire burnt nearly 16 acres of grass and woodlands near Crow Point before being extinguished by firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service on May 9, 2020.. (Courtesy photo | Brent Tingey)

Forest Service extinguish multi-acre Crow Point blaze

The investigation into the cause is ongoing.

A wildfire burnt nearly 16 acres of grass and woodlands near Crow Point before being extinguished by firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service on May 9, 2020.. (Courtesy photo | Brent Tingey)

Police arrest two men following Saturday morning stabbing

The victim is in stable conditions after being beaten and stabbed.

Courtesy photo | Kaia Rongstad 
                                Personnel at Northland Audiology and Hearing Services demonstrates a new style of mask that allows the hearing-impared to see the user’s mouth, facilitating communication.
Courtesy photo | Kaia Rongstad 
                                Personnel at Northland Audiology and Hearing Services demonstrates a new style of mask that allows the hearing-impared to see the user’s mouth, facilitating communication.
As the state government allows bars to reopen beginning Friday at 25% capacity, safety concerns, unclear guidelines and widespread maintenance will prevent many of Juneau’s bars, like Imperial Billiards and Bar, pictured here, from opening up, May 7, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Bars and barbells: What reopening means for local businesses

Renovations, regulations, and readiness are all keeping most bars quiet this weekend.

As the state government allows bars to reopen beginning Friday at 25% capacity, safety concerns, unclear guidelines and widespread maintenance will prevent many of Juneau’s bars, like Imperial Billiards and Bar, pictured here, from opening up, May 7, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Increased demand may put capacity to the test

Opening many services may over-stress testing capability.

Courtesy art | Alaska Department of Transportation 
                                Construction on the intersection of Tenth Street and Egan Drive beginning the morning of Friday, May 8.

Egan Drive-Douglas Bridge intersection going into “deep surgery”

The work begins Friday morning and should be done by Sunday.

Courtesy art | Alaska Department of Transportation 
                                Construction on the intersection of Tenth Street and Egan Drive beginning the morning of Friday, May 8.
Juneau residents gather at the Gold Town Nickelodeons pop-up drive-in theatre to watch Star Wars: A New Hope on Star Wars Day, May 4, 2020. Screenings at the temporary outdoor theater will continue this week. (Christopher Miller | csmphotos.com)

Juneau celebrates Star Wars, stays far, far away

Crowds cheered the sci-fi classic from their cars.

Juneau residents gather at the Gold Town Nickelodeons pop-up drive-in theatre to watch Star Wars: A New Hope on Star Wars Day, May 4, 2020. Screenings at the temporary outdoor theater will continue this week. (Christopher Miller | csmphotos.com)
A Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot medium response boat patrols Auke Bay during an exercise in 2018. Coast Guardsmen from Station Juneau aboard a similar boat rescued two stranded kayakers on Couverden Island on May 1, 2020. (Lt. Brian Dykens | U.S. Coast Guard)
A Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot medium response boat patrols Auke Bay during an exercise in 2018. Coast Guardsmen from Station Juneau aboard a similar boat rescued two stranded kayakers on Couverden Island on May 1, 2020. (Lt. Brian Dykens | U.S. Coast Guard)

Calm waters for now but storms on the horizon for Juneau’s businesses

It’s not the explosion but the aftermath that might be the problem.

Mary Lou King shows children an example of Juneau’s ecosystem as part of Sea Week, now celebrating its 50th anniversary in the Juneau School District. (Courtesy Photo | Peggy Cowan)

Sea Week celebrates 50th anniversary in unorthodox fashion

Family-oriented learned will lead this spring.

Mary Lou King shows children an example of Juneau’s ecosystem as part of Sea Week, now celebrating its 50th anniversary in the Juneau School District. (Courtesy Photo | Peggy Cowan)
The Gas ‘N Go in Lemon Creek was robbed on April 16, 2020. Burglars stole roughly $10,000 in vaping and e-cigarette supplies, a Juneau Police Department spokeperson said. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Gas station burgled for 3rd time in a year

Roughly $10,000 in merchandise was stolen.

The Gas ‘N Go in Lemon Creek was robbed on April 16, 2020. Burglars stole roughly $10,000 in vaping and e-cigarette supplies, a Juneau Police Department spokeperson said. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire file 
                                Jan Reece, outreach/training specialist for Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition, holds up a card with contact information for suicide prevention resources after a screening of “The S-Word” at Gold Town Theater in March 2019.

Making your house safe can save a life, Suicide Coalition says

Alcohol and firearms are present in most suicides in Alaska.

Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire file 
                                Jan Reece, outreach/training specialist for Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition, holds up a card with contact information for suicide prevention resources after a screening of “The S-Word” at Gold Town Theater in March 2019.
The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center, April 28, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Special delivery? Juneau home birth center poised to take up slack from hospital

Could be an option for those who want to avoid taking resources or exposure to the coronavirus.

The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center, April 28, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
The Downtown Juneau Library, April 7, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Juneau board has no plans to follow Mat-Su’s lead on banned books

Stricken authors include Maya Angelou and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Downtown Juneau Library, April 7, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Mindy Roggenkamp, co-owner of Franklin Street Barbers, cuts hair while wearing her personal protective equipment on Friday, April 24, 2020. She already has reservations booked two weeks ahead, but under the new regulations only one barber can be working in their shop at a time. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

City plotting its own course forward as state eases off restrictions

Some businesses are easing open as the state throttles back regulations.

Mindy Roggenkamp, co-owner of Franklin Street Barbers, cuts hair while wearing her personal protective equipment on Friday, April 24, 2020. She already has reservations booked two weeks ahead, but under the new regulations only one barber can be working in their shop at a time. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
Eva Goering signs her committement to play college soccer for North Idaho College. (Courtesy photo | Heidi Johnson)

Double trouble: Two JDHS soccer players headed to Idaho together

They’ve been playing together for a decade.

Eva Goering signs her committement to play college soccer for North Idaho College. (Courtesy photo | Heidi Johnson)

Busy roadwork season for city coming up

Traffic delays may be closer than they appear.

Courtesy Photo | Erin Pratt 
                                Erin Pratt (top left), an ICU nurse in a hospital outside of New York City, is one of the many people Juneau at the forefront of the coronavirus crisis.
Courtesy Photo | Erin Pratt 
                                Erin Pratt (top left), an ICU nurse in a hospital outside of New York City, is one of the many people Juneau at the forefront of the coronavirus crisis.