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Vehicles drive past a sign advertising free flu shots near Fred Meyer on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Health officials advise that Alaskans should get the widely available vaccinations to prevent over-burdening hospitals as the COVID-19 pandemic and annual flu epidemic are poised to collide. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Alaska readies for flu season as COVID pandemic continues

Get your flu vaccines and save lives, Alaska’s chief medical officer says.

 

The Tongass National Forest sign seen en route to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to exempt the country’s largest national forest from a ban on timber harvests and road building in roadless areas, a move conservation groups denounced Thursday. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Groups decry Roadless Rule rollback for the Tongass

Feds propose exempting the Tongass from a ban on timber harvests and road building.

  • Sep 24, 2020

 

A sign posted by Travel Juneau notes the pamphlet-filled visitor’s center kiosk is closed because of the pandemic. The center, located near the downtown library, opened in May 2019 during Infrastructure Week. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Industry pros say don’t expect a normal tourism season next year —or 2022

Visitor industry is ready to reopen, but recovery could take years.

A sign posted by Travel Juneau notes the pamphlet-filled visitor’s center kiosk is closed because of the pandemic. The center, located near the downtown library, opened in May 2019 during Infrastructure Week. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Coalition helps VA start suicide prevention program

The program will be VA backed and veteran-led and informed.

Prince of Wales Island was named as a potential site for mining during an industry panel held as part of the annual Southeast Conference meeting. Industry leaders said they believe increased mining would be good for Southeast Alaska’s economy and for the U.S. as a whole. (Courtesy Photo / Kieran MacAuliffe, Pixabay )

Is mining a solution for Southeast?

‘Alasakan-centric solution.’

Prince of Wales Island was named as a potential site for mining during an industry panel held as part of the annual Southeast Conference meeting. Industry leaders said they believe increased mining would be good for Southeast Alaska’s economy and for the U.S. as a whole. (Courtesy Photo / Kieran MacAuliffe, Pixabay )
Coast Guardsmen aboard the cutter USCGC John McCormick rescued two people off the fishing vessel Reluctant near Hoonah after it grounded Tuesday morning, Sept. 22, 2020. (Courtesy photo / U.S. Coast Guard)
Coast Guardsmen aboard the cutter USCGC John McCormick rescued two people off the fishing vessel Reluctant near Hoonah after it grounded Tuesday morning, Sept. 22, 2020. (Courtesy photo / U.S. Coast Guard)
Tom Collier, seen in this screen shot of a video released by Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Environmental Investigation Agency resigned as CEO of Pebble Pebble Limited Partnership. (Screenshot)

Executive leaves Pebble amid recorded comment fallout

The videos came out Monday.

  • Sep 23, 2020
Tom Collier, seen in this screen shot of a video released by Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Environmental Investigation Agency resigned as CEO of Pebble Pebble Limited Partnership. (Screenshot)

Opinion: Alaska and America’s very survival are at stake this election year

There’s only one choice for this Marine and others who treasure our democracy.

  • Sep 23, 2020
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                                Jared Curé makes a Garden Medley, a nonalcoholic mocktail, the Narrows Bar has on its menu for Sobriety Awareness Month in 2019. The drink was developed for a partnership with Recover Alaska.

Alaskan organizations celebrate National Recovery Month

As rates of alcohol use grow in pandemic, they’re celebrating those who have stepped back.

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                                Jared Curé makes a Garden Medley, a nonalcoholic mocktail, the Narrows Bar has on its menu for Sobriety Awareness Month in 2019. The drink was developed for a partnership with Recover Alaska.

Sullivan: I look forward to seeing who the President nominates

Senator says president has authority to nominate, Senate will take on confirmation responsibilities.

A proposed design for a Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska-run transitional living facility on the corner of Alaway Avenue and Glacier Highway. The project’s permit has been appealed by community members concerned about the facility’s proximity to nearby schools and bus stops. (Courtesy Art / Tlingit and Haida)

City accepts transitional housing permit appeal

Development can continue during appeal process

A proposed design for a Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska-run transitional living facility on the corner of Alaway Avenue and Glacier Highway. The project’s permit has been appealed by community members concerned about the facility’s proximity to nearby schools and bus stops. (Courtesy Art / Tlingit and Haida)

Gross talks importance of public option after campaign event

Doctor-turned-candidate talks health care on the campaign trail.

City drops witness requirement for mail-in ballots

Can I get a witness? CBJ says you don’t need one.

Opinion: Ballot Measure 1 — The Very Fair Share Act

I am betting the oil industry can afford to pay a greater share.

  • Sep 21, 2020
The Juneau Police Department, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Man found dead in channel identified

No next of kin have been located.

The Juneau Police Department, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
Ana Corcoran, left, receives a plaque from Juneau Police Department Chief Ed Mercer naming her his choice for JPD’s Civilian of the Year, Sept. 18, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Juneau Police Department)

JPD announces annual officer and civilian awards

The regular, formal ceremony was put paid to by pandemic.

Ana Corcoran, left, receives a plaque from Juneau Police Department Chief Ed Mercer naming her his choice for JPD’s Civilian of the Year, Sept. 18, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / Juneau Police Department)
A black bear saunters across a busy street downtown in 2018. A larger than normal number of young bears and dwindling natural food supply for them are forcing the animals to head for Juneau’s garbage with unusual frequency, a wildlife official said. KTOO Public Media reports that a poor berry crop and lackluster salmon runs mean more bears are looking for food among the city’s trash. (AP Photo / Becky Bohrer)

More young bears, less food send them to Juneau’s garbage

A poor berry crop and lackluster salmon runs contribute.

A black bear saunters across a busy street downtown in 2018. A larger than normal number of young bears and dwindling natural food supply for them are forcing the animals to head for Juneau’s garbage with unusual frequency, a wildlife official said. KTOO Public Media reports that a poor berry crop and lackluster salmon runs mean more bears are looking for food among the city’s trash. (AP Photo / Becky Bohrer)