Michael S. Lockett

Juneau Police Department Chief Ed Mercer helps a child pick out Christmas presents for their families during the annual Shop with a Cop event, sponsored by the Alaska Peace Officer Association, at Fred Meyer on Dec. 21, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Glenn Ojard)
Juneau Police Department Chief Ed Mercer helps a child pick out Christmas presents for their families during the annual Shop with a Cop event, sponsored by the Alaska Peace Officer Association, at Fred Meyer on Dec. 21, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Glenn Ojard)
Dredging continues in the basin at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. The area will be used to construct floats for the charter vessel fleet. The floats will be in use by the whale watching charters in May of 2021. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Auke Bay work prepares for underwater demolitions next year

Harbors deepened, rocks demolished: Statter Harbor is getting a makeover.

Dredging continues in the basin at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. The area will be used to construct floats for the charter vessel fleet. The floats will be in use by the whale watching charters in May of 2021. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Man arrested, indicted for 2017 Kake murder

He was arrested in Washington on Saturday.

Rebekah Garcia waits in line for the 10 p.m. showing of the latest movie, “Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker” outside the 20th Century Theatre dressed as Boushh, a character from the “Empire Strikes Back” on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Star Wars hardcore: Fans line up hours ahead of premiere

Fans brave the elements for their love of a galaxy far, far away.

Rebekah Garcia waits in line for the 10 p.m. showing of the latest movie, “Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker” outside the 20th Century Theatre dressed as Boushh, a character from the “Empire Strikes Back” on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Western bacon cheeseburger from Sandbar & Grill. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Beyond the Ale: Sandbar and Grill

The fish and chips really is all that.

Western bacon cheeseburger from Sandbar & Grill. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Kenny Solomon-Gross retrieves packages at the Federal Building Post Office on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Post offices hustle to handle holiday haul

Deadlines for shipping to the Lower 48 are coming up fast.

Kenny Solomon-Gross retrieves packages at the Federal Building Post Office on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Auke Bay Elementary School principal Nancy Peel introduces Angie Wright, center, who received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, alongside Superintendent Dr. Bridget Weiss, during a Juneau School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

School board recognizes outstanding teachers, old and new

The school board and members of the Legislature came together to thank some outstanding educators.

Auke Bay Elementary School principal Nancy Peel introduces Angie Wright, center, who received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, alongside Superintendent Dr. Bridget Weiss, during a Juneau School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Members of the Juneau Audubon Society pose for a picture with members of the Idea Homeschool Program team at the FIRST Lego League competition to commend their novel approach to reducing bird strikes. The competition was at Centennial Hall on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Alexia Kiefer | Courtesy Photo)

Students recognized for idea to stop birds from flying into windows

Bird strikes claim more than 1 billion birds a year.

Members of the Juneau Audubon Society pose for a picture with members of the Idea Homeschool Program team at the FIRST Lego League competition to commend their novel approach to reducing bird strikes. The competition was at Centennial Hall on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (Alexia Kiefer | Courtesy Photo)
Raylynn Lawless, who keeps bees with her husband, Cody Barril, gestures toward the hive in her Mendenhall Valley backyard. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Beekeeping in Southeast Alaska ain’t easy

Specially adapted bees and overwintering procedures help mitigate the cold.

Raylynn Lawless, who keeps bees with her husband, Cody Barril, gestures toward the hive in her Mendenhall Valley backyard. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Gina Chi-Mott, general manager of the Breakwater Inn, shows a burned mattress on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, from a room fire on Sunday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sunday marred by fires in Mendenhall Valley, near Aurora Harbor

Winter leads to an increase in residential fires, assistant chief for CCFR says.

Gina Chi-Mott, general manager of the Breakwater Inn, shows a burned mattress on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, from a room fire on Sunday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Pedestrian struck by vehicle, medevaced to Seattle

JPD did not release the names of either person.

Man sentenced to 99 years for 2016 Klawock murder

Prosecutors sought the maximum punishment.

A tree swallow flies from a nesting box after feeding chicks at the Juneau Community Gardens in 2016. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Tree swallow box project seeks to understand the vanishing population

The tree swallows migrate to Alaska to hatch their young.

A tree swallow flies from a nesting box after feeding chicks at the Juneau Community Gardens in 2016. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Loaded Tots and Afterschool Special from Imperial Grill at Imperial Billiard and Bar downtown. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Beyond the Ale: Imperial Grill

There’s no need to keep looking for your god, because it’s called the Crunchy Wrap, and it loves you.

Loaded Tots and Afterschool Special from Imperial Grill at Imperial Billiard and Bar downtown. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Members of the veterans group Fight Oar Die will row across the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, kicking off Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Fight Oar Die)

Auke Bay man among team of veterans to row across Atlantic

The research may help to save more veterans in the future.

Members of the veterans group Fight Oar Die will row across the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, kicking off Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Fight Oar Die)

Driver rams through Salvation Army gate downtown

The driver was arrested for drunken driving.

Juneau Police Officer Jim Quinto, center, and CJ Warnaca put Nick Morgan into the back of a police cruiser at the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Buildig on Channel Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Morgan was a suspect involved with a stolen vehicle parked in the department’s lot. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Civilian car chase ends in collision, arrests

The driver and passenger were arrested.

Juneau Police Officer Jim Quinto, center, and CJ Warnaca put Nick Morgan into the back of a police cruiser at the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Buildig on Channel Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Morgan was a suspect involved with a stolen vehicle parked in the department’s lot. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Chris Miller is followed by Izzy as he snowboards at Eaglecrest on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Eaglecrest ‘family’ helps recover stolen snowboards

A watchful patron helped police find snowboards stolen from Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Chris Miller is followed by Izzy as he snowboards at Eaglecrest on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Holiday lights decorate the Governor’s House on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. The annual Governor’s Open House is Tuesday, Dec. 10. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Dunleavy, music, cookies to appear at holiday open house

There will be more than 15,000 cookies and 100 pounds of fudge.

Holiday lights decorate the Governor’s House on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. The annual Governor’s Open House is Tuesday, Dec. 10. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)