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Fen high roaming Blackerby Ridge late winter of 2018. (Photo by Bjorn Dihle)

Walking my dog in wolf country

On a recent hike up a mountain on Douglas Island, I noticed a large rock rising from the alpine tundra. My dog Fen ran towards… Continue reading

Fen high roaming Blackerby Ridge late winter of 2018. (Photo by Bjorn Dihle)
Photo by RhondaK Native Florida Folk Artist on Unsplash.

What’s Happening the week of July 4-July 10

Pre-parade pancakes, Wednesday, July 4, 8:45-11 a.m., Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Juneau Fourth of July Parade, Wednesday, July 4, 11 a.m., Egan Dr. Douglas… Continue reading

Photo by RhondaK Native Florida Folk Artist on Unsplash.
Chris Gabriele, Rebekah Wierda, Annie Mackovjak and Becky King hold some of the quilts on a string in Gustavus. Photo courtesy of Ellie Sharman.

More than 40 ‘quiltlets’ made for future Gustavus Community Center

Thirty people in Gustavus made 43 different mini-quilts, or as the group likes to call them “quiltlets,” for the new Gustavus Community Center. Since 1976,… Continue reading

Chris Gabriele, Rebekah Wierda, Annie Mackovjak and Becky King hold some of the quilts on a string in Gustavus. Photo courtesy of Ellie Sharman.
First Friday, July 6: New jewelry, yoga and more

First Friday, July 6: New jewelry, yoga and more

First Friday is not only a great way to kick off the weekend, but the month too. For July, there’s everything from jewelry makers to… Continue reading

First Friday, July 6: New jewelry, yoga and more
Lee Stoops works on a brown bear and cub sand sculpture Wednesday during a sand sculpting contest at Sandy Beach. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)

Fourth festivities draw thousands

Sunny weather and unblemished skies drew thousands to downtown Juneau and Douglas on Wednesday for Fourth of July festivities. Between the parades, firemen’s races, soapbox… Continue reading

Lee Stoops works on a brown bear and cub sand sculpture Wednesday during a sand sculpting contest at Sandy Beach. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)
Police calls for Thursday, July 5, 2018

Police calls for Thursday, July 5, 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 Thursday, July 5, 2018

No Golden Goose

When is a “golden goose” really a black vulture? Answer: When it preys on our children, families and workforce. A recent opinion piece in the… Continue reading

Firefighter Emily Lockie sprays down the crowd at the annual Make & Break hose race in Douglas on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Annual hose race douses spectators, honors tradition

About 100 feet from where Firefighter Emily Lockie stood prior to the start of Wednesday’s annual Make & Break hose race, a memento of the… Continue reading

Firefighter Emily Lockie sprays down the crowd at the annual Make & Break hose race in Douglas on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
Aaron Hull, 9, races in the Soapbox Challenge down St. Ann’s Avenue on Wednesday. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Soapbox Challenge thrill for youth

For 9-year-old Aaron Hull, racing in the Soapbox Challenge is by-and-large a good time. “It’s a little bit scary,” Hull said of starting down a… Continue reading

Aaron Hull, 9, races in the Soapbox Challenge down St. Ann’s Avenue on Wednesday. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
Mod Carousel from left to right: Moscato Extatique, Trojan Original, Paris Original and Luminous Pariah. (Courtesy photo | Mod Carousel)

More than a strip tease: Boylesque troupe returns to Juneau with fresh material

Returning to Juneau for the ninth time, boylesque troupe Mod Carousel is bringing two new shows to Juneau this Saturday titled “Pop!” Mod Carousel has… Continue reading

Mod Carousel from left to right: Moscato Extatique, Trojan Original, Paris Original and Luminous Pariah. (Courtesy photo | Mod Carousel)
A car window is pictured July 4, 2018. This is not the car in which a dog died of heat stroke Tuesday. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Dog dies after suffering heat stroke in hot car

A young Great Dane died of heat stroke after being left in a car Tuesday afternoon, Gastineau Humane Society Animal Control Officer and Director of… Continue reading

A car window is pictured July 4, 2018. This is not the car in which a dog died of heat stroke Tuesday. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
Zach Bursell sprints to the finish line of the Glenn Frick Memorial Mile, which took place just before the start of the Juneau Fourth of July Parade on Wednesday morning. Bursell placed first overall and set a new course record in the mile. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Records fall at the Frick Mile

Zach Bursell and Beth Gollin finished their Fourth of July $100 richer. The duo set new race records in the Glenn Frick Memorial Mile, which… Continue reading

Zach Bursell sprints to the finish line of the Glenn Frick Memorial Mile, which took place just before the start of the Juneau Fourth of July Parade on Wednesday morning. Bursell placed first overall and set a new course record in the mile. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
A 13-year-old girl and her aunt and uncle are taken back to a cabin on Kruzof Island, Alaska, July 3, 2018, in an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The girl was reported missing in a kayak in Shelikof Bay, last seen wearing a purple, blue and black life jacket, and was later found by the Jayhawk crew in good condition. (U.S. Coast Guard | Courtesy Photo)

With help from aunt, Coast Guard finds missing girl near Sitka

A 13-year-old girl briefly went missing on Kruzof Island near Sitka on Tuesday afternoon, according to a Coast Guard release, as she paddled in the… Continue reading

A 13-year-old girl and her aunt and uncle are taken back to a cabin on Kruzof Island, Alaska, July 3, 2018, in an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The girl was reported missing in a kayak in Shelikof Bay, last seen wearing a purple, blue and black life jacket, and was later found by the Jayhawk crew in good condition. (U.S. Coast Guard | Courtesy Photo)
Ellie Knapp and Adelie McMillan dance together at the annual pre-fireworks “Barn Dance” at St. Ann’s Parish Hall Tueday, July 3. (Gregory Philson | Juneau Empire)

‘Dance the night away’: Annual pre-fireworks dance a hit for everyone

Odette Edgar has a good reason to always enjoy the annual July 3 “Barn Dance.” She met her husband, Doug, there 15 years ago. “He… Continue reading

Ellie Knapp and Adelie McMillan dance together at the annual pre-fireworks “Barn Dance” at St. Ann’s Parish Hall Tueday, July 3. (Gregory Philson | Juneau Empire)
‘My job is to make people smile’: Comic strip creator discusses his career

‘My job is to make people smile’: Comic strip creator discusses his career

A paper route and a flashlight. That was how Jerry Scott, co-creator of “Zits” and Baby Blues” comic strips, found his passion for newspapers at… Continue reading

‘My job is to make people smile’: Comic strip creator discusses his career
Gastineau Channel Little League shortstop Kaia Smith tags out Ketchikan Little League’s Charlie King on Tuesday during Game 2 of a best-of-five series in the Alaska Little League District 2 Junior Softball Tournament at Dudley Field in Ketchikan. (Dustin Safranek | Ketchikan Daily News)

Walk-offs plague junior all-stars

After two walk-off losses, the Gastineau Channel Little League all-stars find themselves on the brink of elimination in the Alaska District 2 Junior Softball Tournament.… Continue reading

Gastineau Channel Little League shortstop Kaia Smith tags out Ketchikan Little League’s Charlie King on Tuesday during Game 2 of a best-of-five series in the Alaska Little League District 2 Junior Softball Tournament at Dudley Field in Ketchikan. (Dustin Safranek | Ketchikan Daily News)
Police calls for Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Police calls for Wednesday, July 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 Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Red Cross Mental Health Service Associate Annie Caulfield, a Juneau resident, holds a baby while deployed in Hawaii in May 2018. Caulfield and other volunteers were there in response to the Kilauea Volcano eruption that has displaced thousands of people. (American Red Cross | Courtesy Photo)

Juneau’s Red Cross volunteers help victims of Hawaii volcano

Annie Caulfield saw tears in the old man’s eyes. The man had lost his home to the flowing lava that came from the Kilauea volcano… Continue reading

Red Cross Mental Health Service Associate Annie Caulfield, a Juneau resident, holds a baby while deployed in Hawaii in May 2018. Caulfield and other volunteers were there in response to the Kilauea Volcano eruption that has displaced thousands of people. (American Red Cross | Courtesy Photo)
Kayakers begin the Chilkat Challenge Triathlon on Sunday in Mosquito Lake. (Courtesy Photo | Derek Poinsette)

Juneau duo, solo competitor victorious in Chilkat Challenge

Juneau was well-represented in the Chilkat Challenge Triathlon on Sunday in Haines. Juneau fielded five teams (two and three-person) and four solo competitors for the… Continue reading

Kayakers begin the Chilkat Challenge Triathlon on Sunday in Mosquito Lake. (Courtesy Photo | Derek Poinsette)
Alaska Electric Light & Power announced the Regulatory Commission of Alaska approved rate cuts for customers effective Aug. 1. (Empire File Photo)

Regulatory Commission approves AELP’s request to lower rates

Alaska Electric Light and Power customers will see their electric rates drop. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska approved AEL&P’s request to pass income tax savings… Continue reading

Alaska Electric Light & Power announced the Regulatory Commission of Alaska approved rate cuts for customers effective Aug. 1. (Empire File Photo)