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Tracy K. Smith, the 52nd Poet Laureate of the United States, is greeted by Juneauites before Smith’s reading at the Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith brings poetry to the people

The end of Tracy K. Smith’s reading in the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff building sounded more like the wrap up of a comedy set than… Continue reading

Tracy K. Smith, the 52nd Poet Laureate of the United States, is greeted by Juneauites before Smith’s reading at the Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Gimme a Smile: Justice wears a water-resistant cape
Gimme a Smile: Justice wears a water-resistant cape
Senior Menu & Activities for Aug. 27-31

Senior Menu & Activities for Aug. 27-31

Senior Menu Monday, Aug. 27 Mike’s chili Cornbread Texas cole slaw Tuesday, Aug. 28 BBQ chicken Baked beans Mixed veggies Potato salad Wednesday, Aug. 29… Continue reading

Senior Menu & Activities for Aug. 27-31
The Glory Hole homeless shelter is pictured in July 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Glory Hole shelter changes name

JUNEAU EMPIRE After years of awkward calls and explanations, Juneau’s homeless shelter is changing its name. The Glory Hole homeless shelter will soon be called… Continue reading

The Glory Hole homeless shelter is pictured in July 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A rotten rung in the old roof ladder on Aug. 21.

Alaska For Real: The ladders of bush living

I’ve been watching my dad build ladders for most of my life. With a handsaw, that almost seems like an extension of his arm at… Continue reading

A rotten rung in the old roof ladder on Aug. 21.
In this Aug. 31, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump holds up a list of his administration’s accomplishments while speaking at a Republican fundraiser at the Carmel Country Club in in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo | Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Opinion: We have ourselves to blame for Trump’s rise

I was making breakfast and packing my kid’s lunch the other day, listening to the news on public radio, and I was surprised to hear… Continue reading

In this Aug. 31, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump holds up a list of his administration’s accomplishments while speaking at a Republican fundraiser at the Carmel Country Club in in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo | Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Police calls for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

Police calls for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement and public safety agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction… Continue reading

Police calls for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018
Chum salmon swim beneath the surface of Salmon Creek on Aug. 3, 2015. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: We need to establish basic protections for salmon

Wild salmon stocks are under attack from all sides: ocean warming, habitat loss, over exploitation and pollution. While Alaska has enjoyed the benefit of good… Continue reading

Chum salmon swim beneath the surface of Salmon Creek on Aug. 3, 2015. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
This March 31, 2018 photo shows an offshore drilling platform in Cook Inlet from a beach in Nikiski, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl | Peninsula Clarion)

Opinion: Oil companies keep us in the dark and pick our pockets

According to Economist Ed King, the oil companies and the state are collecting about the same amount of net revenues for oil production in Alaska.… Continue reading

This March 31, 2018 photo shows an offshore drilling platform in Cook Inlet from a beach in Nikiski, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl | Peninsula Clarion)
Police calls for Monday, Sept. 3, 2018

Police calls for Monday, Sept. 3, 2018

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement and public safety agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction… Continue reading

Police calls for Monday, Sept. 3, 2018
The Willoughby District, including the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, is seen here on Jan. 4, 2016. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

The New JACC — A worthy project, but not now

I’m not in favor of using CBJ property tax monies to fund building the new Juneau Arts and Culture Center. In fact, I do not… Continue reading

The Willoughby District, including the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, is seen here on Jan. 4, 2016. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Alaska State Capitol is seen on May 10, 2018. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: PFD must be constitutionally protected

I moved to Alaska in 1979. As a place, Alaska was awesome. Big mountains, vast distances, awesome wildlife, deep fjords, huge glaciers and enormous rivers… Continue reading

The Alaska State Capitol is seen on May 10, 2018. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire File)
Late summer flowers

Late summer flowers

One sunny day, I sat in a small meadow in the Kowee Creek drainage, just taking in the peacefulness and a snack. Some small, red-eyed… Continue reading

Late summer flowers
Shoppers flood Kindred Post. (Courtesy Photo | Kindred Post)

Kindred Post anniversary party comes with music, photos, deals

After four years of being in business, Kindred Post is throwing a party. As part of First Friday, Kindred Post’s celebration will run from 4:30-7:30… Continue reading

Shoppers flood Kindred Post. (Courtesy Photo | Kindred Post)
Chum salmon (Photo by Bjorn Dihle)

Reflection from a salmon stream

Dozens of decomposing pink and chum salmon, their eyes plucked by birds, lay strewn in the shallows of a stream in southern Southeast Alaska. A… Continue reading

Chum salmon (Photo by Bjorn Dihle)
Opinion: Let’s get our priorities straight, NOAA
Opinion: Let’s get our priorities straight, NOAA

Opinion: Oil companies aren’t stealing your PFD

I hear it all the time: “The oil tax giveaway created our budget problems;” “We wouldn’t have a budget problem if the oil companies weren’t… Continue reading

Opinion: Alaska’s potential pension problem
Opinion: Alaska’s potential pension problem
The author can’t tell a cheap suit from an expensive one, but knows a good rod and reel combo when he sees one. (Jeff Lund | For the Juneau Empire)

The mark of a man?

On Monday, I had just scrambled up what may have been the most ridiculously steep and brushy slope I’d ever hunted, to pick my way… Continue reading

The author can’t tell a cheap suit from an expensive one, but knows a good rod and reel combo when he sees one. (Jeff Lund | For the Juneau Empire)
Jennifer Thompson with her students at Harborview Elementary School. (Courtesy Photo)

Appreciating Juneau’s Educators

This summer, the Juneau School District said goodbye to Jennifer Thompson, a 25-year veteran primary teacher and founding member of the Juneau STEM Coalition. As… Continue reading

Jennifer Thompson with her students at Harborview Elementary School. (Courtesy Photo)