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Tourists take shelter at Marine Park during a heavy rain shower on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sunshine gives way to a soggy (and potentially record-breaking) week

Après soleil, le déluge. According to the National Weather Service, July’s sunshine is giving way to a potentially record-breaking deluge and a flood watch for… Continue reading

Tourists take shelter at Marine Park during a heavy rain shower on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Juneau School District Director of Student Services Bridget Weiss, right, and Superintendent Dr. Mark Miller talk on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Weiss selected as interim superintendent

For at least this school year, the Juneau School District has its new superintendent.

Juneau School District Director of Student Services Bridget Weiss, right, and Superintendent Dr. Mark Miller talk on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Carole Shay, right, and Gwen Helms participate in a protest outside U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office Monday, July 9, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Protesters rallied to urge Murkowski to vote against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. (AP Photo/Rachel D’Oro)

Health care campaign wants Alaskans to reach out to Sen. Murkowski about Supreme Court vote

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is in the spotlight in the ongoing national health care debate.

Carole Shay, right, and Gwen Helms participate in a protest outside U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office Monday, July 9, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Protesters rallied to urge Murkowski to vote against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. (AP Photo/Rachel D’Oro)
Members of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4303 attend Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, Assembly meeting to speak to Assembly members about their concern in the number of career firefighters working in Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Firefighters’ union urges Assembly to take more serious staffing action

As city officials consider ways to help Capital City Fire/Rescue responders with rising call volumes, members of the local firefighters’ union say one solution on… Continue reading

Members of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 4303 attend Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, Assembly meeting to speak to Assembly members about their concern in the number of career firefighters working in Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Sydney Johnson helps her brother Tristan with an art project at an Alaska Native culture camp on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. (Courtesy Photo | Rose Willard)

This young Juneau artist is doing her part to keep Native artwork alive

On her first day of preschool, Sydney Johnson had a decision to make. During drawing time, she and other students had a wide array of… Continue reading

Sydney Johnson helps her brother Tristan with an art project at an Alaska Native culture camp on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. (Courtesy Photo | Rose Willard)
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Driver in 2016 crash faces homicide charge

A Juneau man faces charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence dating back to a 2016 car crash that killed another… Continue reading

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Landry Dillingham, 10, outraces Alder Caouette, 10, at the finish line for third place in the Douglas Dirt Derby on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 at Savikko Park in Douglas. The event raised around $6,000 for the American Diabetes Association. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Children race through Savikko Park for good cause

Reed Maier led for the whole time in the final race of Saturday’s Douglas Dirt Derby. Even as he crossed the finish line, though, he… Continue reading

Landry Dillingham, 10, outraces Alder Caouette, 10, at the finish line for third place in the Douglas Dirt Derby on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 at Savikko Park in Douglas. The event raised around $6,000 for the American Diabetes Association. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
Dr. Mark Miller, superintendent for the Juneau School District, gives an overview of the district’s budget at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce’s weekly luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Appearing with Miller are Brian Holst, school board president, left, Ted Wilson, Director of Teaching and Learning, center, and Bridget Weiss, Director of Student Services, right. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

School Board poised to pick interim superintendent Monday

Less than two weeks after Juneau School District Superintendent Mark Miller’s resignation, the Board of Education is going to name his replacement. The board will… Continue reading

Dr. Mark Miller, superintendent for the Juneau School District, gives an overview of the district’s budget at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce’s weekly luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Appearing with Miller are Brian Holst, school board president, left, Ted Wilson, Director of Teaching and Learning, center, and Bridget Weiss, Director of Student Services, right. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
School Board member and District 2 Assembly candidate Emil Mackey speaks about his upcoming campaign at the State Office Building on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

School Board member begins run for Assembly

Emil Mackey had his paperwork ready to run for re-election to his spot on Juneau’s Board of Education. On the day he planned on announcing… Continue reading

School Board member and District 2 Assembly candidate Emil Mackey speaks about his upcoming campaign at the State Office Building on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of The Art of Living Foundation leads a group meditation at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, as part of his West Coast Tour that also includes San Francisco and Seattle. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Spreading ‘mental hygiene:’ Spiritual leader visits Juneau

Correction: An earlier version of this article erroneously stated that the Sealaska Heritage Institute gifted Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with a Chilkat robe. The gift… Continue reading

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of The Art of Living Foundation leads a group meditation at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, as part of his West Coast Tour that also includes San Francisco and Seattle. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Juneau Assembly member Rob Edwardson talks on Thursday, August 2, 2018, about his run for the District 34 House seat in the Mendenhall Valley. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Election 2018: Edwardson blazes independent’s path in upcoming primary

In the Mendenhall Valley, Rob Edwardson is looking to pick up where Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, is leaving off.

Juneau Assembly member Rob Edwardson talks on Thursday, August 2, 2018, about his run for the District 34 House seat in the Mendenhall Valley. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Endless, roadless: Forest Service tries again to settle Tongass development issues

Endless, roadless: Forest Service tries again to settle Tongass development issues

The U.S. Forest Service on Thursday announced an agreement with the State of Alaska that may lead to more development in the Tongass National Forest.… Continue reading

Endless, roadless: Forest Service tries again to settle Tongass development issues
The Gastineau Apartments, before it was torn down. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

CBJ settles lawsuit with Gastineau Apartment owners

The City and Borough of Juneau is getting some of its money back. On Thursday, the city announced by email that it has reached a… Continue reading

The Gastineau Apartments, before it was torn down. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, laughs while responding to a question at the Native Issues Forum at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

At Juneau forum, Rep. Don Young hears about issues with federal services

Rep. Don Young was greeted by frequent applause as he spoke in an hourlong lunchtime forum at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday. At the talk,… Continue reading

U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, laughs while responding to a question at the Native Issues Forum at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Beth Weldon resigned from the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly on Tuesday as she prepares to run for mayor. Assembly member Norton Gregory intends to follow suit, as he has also declared his candidacy for mayor in the upcoming municipal election. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Weldon resigns from Assembly for mayoral run, Gregory expected to do same

Beth Weldon resigned from the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly on Tuesday, according to a release from the city, as her upcoming campaign for… Continue reading

Beth Weldon resigned from the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly on Tuesday as she prepares to run for mayor. Assembly member Norton Gregory intends to follow suit, as he has also declared his candidacy for mayor in the upcoming municipal election. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Eunavae Smallwood, 9, follows her father, Wayne, and brothers, Landon, 11, and Lakai, 13, into Auke Lake on Monday, July 23, 2018. Wayne said, “We come every day, even if its raining. It just feels great.” (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

July 2018 is warmest month ever in Juneau

It’s never been hotter. According to measurements taken by the National Weather Service here, July 2018 was the warmest month ever recorded in Juneau. Instruments… Continue reading

Eunavae Smallwood, 9, follows her father, Wayne, and brothers, Landon, 11, and Lakai, 13, into Auke Lake on Monday, July 23, 2018. Wayne said, “We come every day, even if its raining. It just feels great.” (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Reddish-brown patches in the water of Gastineau Channel as seen from the Douglas Bridge on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Possible algae increase dyeing Gastineau Channel waters red

Algae blooms can be harmful, but not all of them are.

Reddish-brown patches in the water of Gastineau Channel as seen from the Douglas Bridge on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Dr. Christopher Blodgett speaks at a 2017 cultural education conference sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Blodgett will be back again this year. (Brian Wallace via Sealaska Heritage Institute | Courtesy photo)

Conference aims to increase cultural, trauma awareness

This week, educators from all around Alaska and the world will be in Juneau for a conference to learn more about culturally aware approaches in… Continue reading

Dr. Christopher Blodgett speaks at a 2017 cultural education conference sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Blodgett will be back again this year. (Brian Wallace via Sealaska Heritage Institute | Courtesy photo)
A Sitka black-tailed deer munches on dandelions along the Glacier Highway Bypass on Thursday, May 31, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Experts expect plentiful deer season

Deer hunting season starts today, and biologists are projecting it to be another busy one. Ryan Scott, the regional supervisor for the Alaska Department of… Continue reading

A Sitka black-tailed deer munches on dandelions along the Glacier Highway Bypass on Thursday, May 31, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Angela Rodell, Executive Director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, speaks about the positive results of the fund this year at the APFC office on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alaska Permanent Fund continues to beat market, but returns drop slightly from last year

The investment managers at the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation have once again beaten the market.

Angela Rodell, Executive Director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, speaks about the positive results of the fund this year at the APFC office on Thursday, July 26, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)