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Will and Mindy Jones pose with some of their many Halloween decorations at their home at the corner of 10th Street and Glacier Avenue on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. The Jones have been decorating their home for the last 14 years and expect to nearly 400 visitors this year. Mindy said, “If you don’t like spiders, this isn’t the place for you.” (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Will and Mindy Jones pose with some of their many Halloween decorations at their home at the corner of 10th Street and Glacier Avenue on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. The Jones have been decorating their home for the last 14 years and expect to nearly 400 visitors this year. Mindy said, “If you don’t like spiders, this isn’t the place for you.” (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Two girls participate in a Women of Science and Technology Day in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo | Girl Scouts of Alaska)

Getting more girls interested in math and science

Girls are natural-born scientists.

Two girls participate in a Women of Science and Technology Day in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo | Girl Scouts of Alaska)
Planet Alaska: Muskeg Love

Planet Alaska: Muskeg Love

Muskeg life is wet, mushy, juicy, fleshy, tangy, glabrous, globose and glandular.

Planet Alaska: Muskeg Love
State departments have an eye toward budget hikes

State departments have an eye toward budget hikes

Legislative and governor candidates have vowed across the state to further cut Alaska’s budget, but many state departments drafting their budget requests for the coming… Continue reading

State departments have an eye toward budget hikes
Juneau Empire file. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Analysis: Minor permits under Ballot Measure 1

Ballot Measure 1, up for a vote during the statewide election Nov. 6, provides three tracks for development projects on salmon habitat in Alaska. Some… Continue reading

Juneau Empire file. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Seine boats wait in line to set their nets at Amalga Harbor in July. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)

West Coast fishermen back ballot measure

The largest commercial fishing trade organization on the West Coast announced Monday its support for Ballot Measure 1, which would change how the State of… Continue reading

Seine boats wait in line to set their nets at Amalga Harbor in July. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)
Dentists buying candy for good cause

Dentists buying candy for good cause

Two offices in town are donating Halloween candy.

Dentists buying candy for good cause
The New Office Building at the Treadwell Mine Historic Area, shown on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, has received a new metal roof and a fresh coat of paint inside and out. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The New Office Building at the Treadwell Mine Historic Area, shown on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, has received a new metal roof and a fresh coat of paint inside and out. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
News briefs: SOFA silent auction and SHI language summit are upcoming, potato harvest was rescheduled and Color Wheel Arts closes

News briefs: SOFA silent auction and SHI language summit are upcoming, potato harvest was rescheduled and Color Wheel Arts closes

SOFA to hold silent auction Southeast Alaska Organization for Animals will hold its fifth annual Silent Auction 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Dzantik’i Heeni… Continue reading

News briefs: SOFA silent auction and SHI language summit are upcoming, potato harvest was rescheduled and Color Wheel Arts closes
Dale Pihlman authored a book, “Alaska’s Inside Passage,” that’s part almanac and part memoir. (Courtesy Photo | Pihlman family)

Ketchikan man’s book details flaura, fauna and history of Alaska’s Inside Passage

Dale Pihlman’s first attempt at writing “Alaska’s Inside Passage” didn’t go well. The Ketchikan retiree just spent the better part of two years putting together… Continue reading

Dale Pihlman authored a book, “Alaska’s Inside Passage,” that’s part almanac and part memoir. (Courtesy Photo | Pihlman family)
Parents, grandparents and friends have fun photographing their young ones on Seward Street for Halloween on Monday, October 31, 2016. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Events planned across town before trick-or-treating

Halloween parties are happening from the Valley to downtown.

Parents, grandparents and friends have fun photographing their young ones on Seward Street for Halloween on Monday, October 31, 2016. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Photos: Hallo-weekend in downtown Juneau

Photos: Hallo-weekend in downtown Juneau

Costume contests, live music, burlesque and more meant costume-clad celebration Saturday night in downtown Juneau. The night featured inflatible, fighting dinosaurs, unicorns, videogame characters and… Continue reading

Photos: Hallo-weekend in downtown Juneau
Juneau’s new, sketchy open mic
Juneau’s new, sketchy open mic
In this Sept. 6 file photo, Democratic nominee for governor of Alaska Mark Begich, right, speaks as Gov. Bill Walker listens during a chamber of commerce gubernatorial candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska, On Friday, Oct. 19, Walker announced he was dropping his bid for re-election, though his name remains on the ballot. He threw his support behind Begich, who will face Republican Mike Dunleavy in November. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Walker’s support for Begich is ‘narrow’

When he gave a speech announcing his withdrawal from the election, Gov. Bill Walker told his audience that they should support Democratic candidate Mark Begich.… Continue reading

In this Sept. 6 file photo, Democratic nominee for governor of Alaska Mark Begich, right, speaks as Gov. Bill Walker listens during a chamber of commerce gubernatorial candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska, On Friday, Oct. 19, Walker announced he was dropping his bid for re-election, though his name remains on the ballot. He threw his support behind Begich, who will face Republican Mike Dunleavy in November. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)
Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, speaks to his amendment to the state’s operating budget to inflation-proof the Alaska Permanent Fund in the Senate at the Capitol on Thursday, April 12, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)

Democratic Anchorage senator declaims pro-Dunleavy ads

A Democratic senator from Anchorage is asking a campaign backing Republican governor candidate Mike Dunleavy to stop using his voice and picture in pro-Dunleavy ads.… Continue reading

Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, speaks to his amendment to the state’s operating budget to inflation-proof the Alaska Permanent Fund in the Senate at the Capitol on Thursday, April 12, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)
Lisa Daugherty, owner of Juneau Composts!, uses a front-end loader to move wood chips to used in her year-old business on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Currently located out the road near mile 25, Daugherty is working to lease city land in the Lemon Creek area to expand her business. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Composting business aims to help in fight to make landfill last

Some city officials are looking forward to making composting easier in town.

Lisa Daugherty, owner of Juneau Composts!, uses a front-end loader to move wood chips to used in her year-old business on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Currently located out the road near mile 25, Daugherty is working to lease city land in the Lemon Creek area to expand her business. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Juneau residents react to scares and chills as they make their way through the Haunted Station at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Station Juneau on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. Station personnel pay for all the decoration themselves and take three weeks to ready the station. Entry is non perishable food items for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Photos: U.S. Coast Guard’s Haunted Station

Slideshow of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Juneau Haunted Station in Juneau on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. Contact staff photographer Michael Penn at 523-2262 and… Continue reading

Juneau residents react to scares and chills as they make their way through the Haunted Station at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Station Juneau on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. Station personnel pay for all the decoration themselves and take three weeks to ready the station. Entry is non perishable food items for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Anthony Hotka customizes his mask at the Haunted Station at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Station Juneau on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. Station personnel pay for all the decoration themselves and take three weeks to ready the station. Entry is non perishable food items for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Photos: Best Pictures for the Week

Best photos of the week by staff photographer Michael Penn from Oct. 21-26, 2018. Contact staff photographer Michael Penn at 523-2262 and mpenn@juneauempire.com.… Continue reading

Anthony Hotka customizes his mask at the Haunted Station at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Station Juneau on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. Station personnel pay for all the decoration themselves and take three weeks to ready the station. Entry is non perishable food items for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Personnel from Chesed Shel Emes Emergency Services and Recovery Unit gather near the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Robert Bowers, the suspect in the mass shooting at the synagogue, expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage and told officers afterward that Jews were committing genocide and he wanted them all to die, according to charging documents made public Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Local synagogue to honor Pittsburgh victims

Everybody is welcome at the service.

Personnel from Chesed Shel Emes Emergency Services and Recovery Unit gather near the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Robert Bowers, the suspect in the mass shooting at the synagogue, expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage and told officers afterward that Jews were committing genocide and he wanted them all to die, according to charging documents made public Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Frost-free Halloween forecast this year

Frost-free Halloween forecast this year

There’s no snow on the pumpkin, and there might not be any frost, either. Juneau’s abnormally warm October set a record Sunday as temperatures reached… Continue reading

Frost-free Halloween forecast this year