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“Historically bad” conditions have postponed the season opening of Eaglecrest Ski Area, said a spokesperson for the facility. (Courtesy photo / Charlie Herrington)

Eaglecrest opening on hold till weather chills out

Historically bad weather has postponed the opening until the temperature drops.

“Historically bad” conditions have postponed the season opening of Eaglecrest Ski Area, said a spokesperson for the facility. (Courtesy photo / Charlie Herrington)
This photo from the U.S. Coast Guard shows where a rainstorm caused landslides in Haines, Alaska, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Authorities have identified the two people missing after a landslide the width of two football fields slammed into the southeast Alaska community. The Coast Guard remains engaged with the Alaska State Troopers and the city of Haines while responding to this event. (Lt. Erick Oredson / U.S. Coast Guard)

Search continues for 2 missing after Haines landslide

By MARK THIESSEN Associated Press ANCHORAGE — The search continued Friday for two people missing after a massive landslide crashed into a town in southeast… Continue reading

  • Dec 4, 2020
This photo from the U.S. Coast Guard shows where a rainstorm caused landslides in Haines, Alaska, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Authorities have identified the two people missing after a landslide the width of two football fields slammed into the southeast Alaska community. The Coast Guard remains engaged with the Alaska State Troopers and the city of Haines while responding to this event. (Lt. Erick Oredson / U.S. Coast Guard)
In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington where the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the first case of LGBT rights since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.  As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists.   (AP Photo / Susan Walsh, File)

Opinion: Now is the time to pass the Equality Act

Equality is not a Democratic or Republican value, it’s an American value.

  • Dec 4, 2020
In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington where the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the first case of LGBT rights since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.  As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists.   (AP Photo / Susan Walsh, File)
A conceptual drawing shows a possible use for Norwegian Cruise Line's property on Egan Drive. This drawing shows the property with NCL's largest ship, the Bliss, shown for scale. (Courtesy image / MRV Architects)
A conceptual drawing shows a possible use for Norwegian Cruise Line's property on Egan Drive. This drawing shows the property with NCL's largest ship, the Bliss, shown for scale. (Courtesy image / MRV Architects)
Bartlett Regional Hospital, shown here on Nov. 30, 2020 was on lockdown Thursday, Dec. 3, after staff received a shooting threat, said a BRH spokesperson in a news release. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

BRH: hospital lockdown ended

There were no arrests made in the incident.

Bartlett Regional Hospital, shown here on Nov. 30, 2020 was on lockdown Thursday, Dec. 3, after staff received a shooting threat, said a BRH spokesperson in a news release. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Personnel from the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska load a front-end loader aboard the vessel Frontrunner for transit to Haines to provide relief and assistance in recovery efforts in Haines following catastrophic rainfall-fueled landslides, Dec. 3, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

State, local organizations respond to Haines disaster

Everyone from SAR specialists to tribal organizations to uniformed services are helping out.

Personnel from the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska load a front-end loader aboard the vessel Frontrunner for transit to Haines to provide relief and assistance in recovery efforts in Haines following catastrophic rainfall-fueled landslides, Dec. 3, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
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A truck stops outside Douglas Island Pink and Chum to pump in water on Thursday following damage to a pipeline caused by a landslide on Dec. 3, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Landslide damages DIPAC’s freshwater supply

Many fish slated for release next spring were destroyed to preserve resources.

A truck stops outside Douglas Island Pink and Chum to pump in water on Thursday following damage to a pipeline caused by a landslide on Dec. 3, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd migrate onto the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. The Trump Administration has paved the way for an oil and lease sale in Alaska's pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge scheduling a lease sale for Jan. 6, 2021, before the president leaves office later next month. (Courtesy Photo / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

US plans oil, gas lease sale in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to hold an oil and gas lease sale for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife… Continue reading

Caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd migrate onto the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. The Trump Administration has paved the way for an oil and lease sale in Alaska's pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge scheduling a lease sale for Jan. 6, 2021, before the president leaves office later next month. (Courtesy Photo / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
This photo hows damage from heavy rains and a mudslide 600 feet wide in Haines, Alaska, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Authorities say six people are unaccounted for, and four homes were destroyed in the slide, with the search resuming Thursday morning for survivors. (Matt Boron/Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities)

6 missing after landslide hits Haines neighborhood

It was one of several reported landslides after a period of intense rain.

This photo hows damage from heavy rains and a mudslide 600 feet wide in Haines, Alaska, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. Authorities say six people are unaccounted for, and four homes were destroyed in the slide, with the search resuming Thursday morning for survivors. (Matt Boron/Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities)
Capital City Fire/Rescue responded after a personal aircraft was destroyed by high winds while taxiing at Juneau International Airport Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2020. (Courtesy photo / CCFR)

Aircraft wrecked by strong wind while taxiing at airport

The plane was not in flight, and no injuries occured.

Capital City Fire/Rescue responded after a personal aircraft was destroyed by high winds while taxiing at Juneau International Airport Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2020. (Courtesy photo / CCFR)
Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, speaks during the House Finance Committee meeting as they work on SB 128, the Permanent Fund spending bill, in the Bill Ray Center in 2016. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, speaks during the House Finance Committee meeting as they work on SB 128, the Permanent Fund spending bill, in the Bill Ray Center in 2016. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
The author never saw the buck he captured on his game camera. In fact, he didn’t see many bucks at all after the first weekend of November. (Jeff Lund / For the Juneau Empire)

I Went To The Woods: Is ‘my way’ overrated

It seems that plans unravel more than they unfold.

The author never saw the buck he captured on his game camera. In fact, he didn’t see many bucks at all after the first weekend of November. (Jeff Lund / For the Juneau Empire)
This photo of a by-mail ballot sent to an Alaska voter in October shows Ballot Measure 2. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
This photo of a by-mail ballot sent to an Alaska voter in October shows Ballot Measure 2. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
A mudslide at the top of Wire Street near Twin Lakes Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, sent rocks and other debris down the road. City and Borough of Juneau staff were on-site to assess the damage. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Heavy rain and mudslides strike buildings, wash out roads

Tuesday set a record for rainfall for the Dec. 1 of any year.

A mudslide at the top of Wire Street near Twin Lakes Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, sent rocks and other debris down the road. City and Borough of Juneau staff were on-site to assess the damage. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Alaska State Troopers investigate a fatal shooting scene at a home on North Valley Way in Palmer, Alaska, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. An 18-year-old Alaska man just out of jail for assaulting a family member has been charged with killing four members of his family, including two cousins under the age of 10, charging documents released Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 said. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)

18-year-old man charged in 4 shooting deaths

Charging documents did not indicate a motive for the shootings.

Alaska State Troopers investigate a fatal shooting scene at a home on North Valley Way in Palmer, Alaska, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. An 18-year-old Alaska man just out of jail for assaulting a family member has been charged with killing four members of his family, including two cousins under the age of 10, charging documents released Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 said. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)
The Juneau School District building and Harborview Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. The district's funding is stable for this year according to the Board of Education, but next year's budget depends on the Legislature. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
The Juneau School District building and Harborview Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. The district's funding is stable for this year according to the Board of Education, but next year's budget depends on the Legislature. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Juneauites head into the Douglas Community Building to vote in the 2020 General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. The Alaska Division of Elections certified the results of the election on Dec. 1. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Juneauites head into the Douglas Community Building to vote in the 2020 General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. The Alaska Division of Elections certified the results of the election on Dec. 1. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Tucker Reece, a laborer with the City and Borough Department of Parks and Recreation heads to clear a blockage near Cope Park caused by heavy rains on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Tucker Reece, a laborer with the City and Borough Department of Parks and Recreation heads to clear a blockage near Cope Park caused by heavy rains on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Gordon Chew uses a GoPro on a pole to assess the humpback entanglement while Steve Lewis carefully negotiates the full circumference of the whale. (Courtesy photo / Rachel Myron)

‘Small town’ residents rescue big animal

Nearly 20 people braved choppy seas and foul weather to free the snared whale

Gordon Chew uses a GoPro on a pole to assess the humpback entanglement while Steve Lewis carefully negotiates the full circumference of the whale. (Courtesy photo / Rachel Myron)