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Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Knight waits for their fifteen minute swim to be up during cold water survival training at Coast Guard Station Juneau, Jan. 13, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Fun way to start a Monday? Coast Guardsmen go for a swim

The Coast Guard’s idea of a polar plunge is a little more involved.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Knight waits for their fifteen minute swim to be up during cold water survival training at Coast Guard Station Juneau, Jan. 13, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire                                Stephen Lewis, a researcher with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gives a presentation on golden eagles in Alaska at University of Alaska Southeast on Thursday.

Scientists seek to learn more about Alaska’s golden eagles

Golden eagles are the most widespread eagle on Earth.

Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire                                Stephen Lewis, a researcher with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gives a presentation on golden eagles in Alaska at University of Alaska Southeast on Thursday.
The Juneau Police Department will hold an online vehicle auction beginning Jan. 27 at 8 a.m. (Courtesy photo)
The Juneau Police Department will hold an online vehicle auction beginning Jan. 27 at 8 a.m. (Courtesy photo)
Members of Coast Guard Station Juneau aboard a 45-foot response boat—Medium conduct drills near Juneau, Jan. 24, 2018. (Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios | U.S. Coast Guard)
Members of Coast Guard Station Juneau aboard a 45-foot response boat—Medium conduct drills near Juneau, Jan. 24, 2018. (Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios | U.S. Coast Guard)
High winds blow snow out of the Sheep Creek valley south of downtown Juneau in March 2013. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

A cold wind blows: Taku Winds coming Friday

The beginning of the weekend will be a blustery one.

High winds blow snow out of the Sheep Creek valley south of downtown Juneau in March 2013. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire                                The Seawalk in front the the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Department of Labor on Monday.

Foot washes up on downtown Seawalk

No ID was able to be made.

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire                                The Seawalk in front the the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Department of Labor on Monday.
File photo of Juneau Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighters at work. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

State pursues plan to modernize rural 911 system

Alaska lags behind the Lower 48, but is striving to catch up.

File photo of Juneau Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighters at work. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A fire hydrant in the snow along Glacier Highway on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

CCFR: Clear your hydrants and help your neighbors

Lend a hand to your neighbors and your emergency personnel.

A fire hydrant in the snow along Glacier Highway on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A First Student school bus stalls out at D and 4th Streets in Douglas after snowfall on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. No students were on the bus at the time and the bus was safely backed down the street. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Late snow means safer roads this year compared to last

Juneau saw 58 total car crashes in December, way less than past two years.

A First Student school bus stalls out at D and 4th Streets in Douglas after snowfall on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. No students were on the bus at the time and the bus was safely backed down the street. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Clam Chowder Bread Bowl at the Hangar on the Wharf, Jan. 1, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

A most perfect container: An ode to the bread bowl

Why can’t all our dishes be made out of bread: a lament.

The Clam Chowder Bread Bowl at the Hangar on the Wharf, Jan. 1, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
John Morris Sr., of the Douglas Indian Association, speaks during the T’aaku Kwaan Yanyeidi Healing Kooteeyaa gifting Ceremony at Savikko Park on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
John Morris Sr., of the Douglas Indian Association, speaks during the T’aaku Kwaan Yanyeidi Healing Kooteeyaa gifting Ceremony at Savikko Park on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | 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)
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)
Volunteers from Humane Borders, a charitable organization, fill a water drum in the Arizona desert for immigrants traveling the waste. (Ken Huse | Courtesy Photo)

A long way from home: Juneau man lends a hand on Mexico border

Mexico is a long way from Juneau, but humanity is universal.

Volunteers from Humane Borders, a charitable organization, fill a water drum in the Arizona desert for immigrants traveling the waste. (Ken Huse | Courtesy Photo)
Marcella Poloa poses with her newborn daughter, Ronarielle Poloa-Maae, the first baby born in Juneau in 2020 on Jan. 1, 2020.                                Courtesy Photo | <strong>Bartlett Regional Hospital</strong>

Juneau welcomes its first baby of the decade

It’s certainly one way to ring in a new year.

Marcella Poloa poses with her newborn daughter, Ronarielle Poloa-Maae, the first baby born in Juneau in 2020 on Jan. 1, 2020.                                Courtesy Photo | <strong>Bartlett Regional Hospital</strong>
Tommy Reber cleans a fresh coat of snow off his vehicle at Gruening Park on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Tommy Reber cleans a fresh coat of snow off his vehicle at Gruening Park on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (Michael Penn | 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)

Kayaker reported missing near Sitka

The missing man’s kayak was found empty and overturned.

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)
Officer from the Juneau Police Department investigate an officer involved shooting that occured early Sunday morning off of Cinema Drive, Dec. 29, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Officer from the Juneau Police Department investigate an officer involved shooting that occured early Sunday morning off of Cinema Drive, Dec. 29, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Two cars were involved in a wreck near the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal, totaling both vehicles, on Dec. 31, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Two vehicles totaled in wreck by ferry terminal

One driver was taken to BRH for minor injuries.

Two cars were involved in a wreck near the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal, totaling both vehicles, on Dec. 31, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
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)