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An Alaska Airlines cargo/passenger jet lifts off from the Juneau International Airport in this December 2014 photo. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire FIle)

American, Southwest, Alaska add to airline loss parade in 3Q

Airlines are piling up billions of dollars in additional losses as the pandemic stifles air travel.

An Alaska Airlines cargo/passenger jet lifts off from the Juneau International Airport in this December 2014 photo. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire FIle)
The Juneau Police Department arrested a man for multiple counts of sexual assault against a minor on Oct. 20, 2020, holding him at Lemon Creek Correctional Center without bail. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire)

Juneau man arrested for sexual assault of a minor

The arrest came after a multi-organization investigation.

The Juneau Police Department arrested a man for multiple counts of sexual assault against a minor on Oct. 20, 2020, holding him at Lemon Creek Correctional Center without bail. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during an Aug. 11 news briefing. Dunleavy held his first news conference in over a month on Wednesday. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during an Aug. 11 news briefing. Dunleavy held his first news conference in over a month on Wednesday. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
This photo shows a by-mail ballot sent to an Alaska voter in October. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Officials tout voting precautions, options in Alaska

The state’s chief medical officer encourages Alaskans to vote early amid pandemic.

  • Oct 21, 2020
This photo shows a by-mail ballot sent to an Alaska voter in October. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
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Police announce community game in lieu of National Night Out

The annual August public affair exercise was canceled over coronavirus concerns.

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The City and Borough of Juneau converted Centennial Hall into a quarantine facility for unsheltered people who've tested positive for COVID-19 and can't isolate on their own. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
The City and Borough of Juneau converted Centennial Hall into a quarantine facility for unsheltered people who've tested positive for COVID-19 and can't isolate on their own. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
A banner protesting resource extraction in the Arctic was hung from a building in downtown Juneau on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Similar banners were hung in cities around the state and nation, part of a protest mounted by Alaska Native activists. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
A banner protesting resource extraction in the Arctic was hung from a building in downtown Juneau on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Similar banners were hung in cities around the state and nation, part of a protest mounted by Alaska Native activists. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Decoy geese can’t fly away…except perhaps during an October storm. (Jeff Lund / Juneau Empire)

Earning the ‘local’ title

If October was a fish, it would be a lingcod. Ugly. Nasty. Angry.

Decoy geese can’t fly away…except perhaps during an October storm. (Jeff Lund / Juneau Empire)
This undated photo shows Independent candidate Al Gross. Gross, an independent running with Democratic support, is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan in Alaska, a state that has long been a GOP stronghold. Across the country, Republicans are nervous about Senate seats like Sullivan's they once thought safe as Democrats hope to capitalize on President Donald Trump's unpopularity to retake the chamber. (Gross for Senate Campaign)

Alaska Senate candidate hopes to ride Democratic wave

Republicans are nervous about Senate seats like Sen. Dan Sullivan’s they once thought safe.

This undated photo shows Independent candidate Al Gross. Gross, an independent running with Democratic support, is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan in Alaska, a state that has long been a GOP stronghold. Across the country, Republicans are nervous about Senate seats like Sullivan's they once thought safe as Democrats hope to capitalize on President Donald Trump's unpopularity to retake the chamber. (Gross for Senate Campaign)
Emergency worker Melanie Chavez takes a COVID-19 test sample at the Juneau International Airport screening site on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The City and Borough of Juneau raised its health alert level Tuesday as the number of cases grows locally and statewide. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Emergency worker Melanie Chavez takes a COVID-19 test sample at the Juneau International Airport screening site on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The City and Borough of Juneau raised its health alert level Tuesday as the number of cases grows locally and statewide. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
A sign in downtown Juneau encourages residents who have symptoms or otherwise believe they are at risk of having contracted the coronavirus to get tested. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
A sign in downtown Juneau encourages residents who have symptoms or otherwise believe they are at risk of having contracted the coronavirus to get tested. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
A JAMHI Health & Wellness Inc. sign is shown in this June 2018 photo. At the time, JAMHI celebrated the opening of its Midtown Clinic located at the House First Project. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire)

Juneau nonprofit receives $100k grant for reentry programs

The grant is part of a larger $1.4 million grant for organizations across Alaska.

A JAMHI Health & Wellness Inc. sign is shown in this June 2018 photo. At the time, JAMHI celebrated the opening of its Midtown Clinic located at the House First Project. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire)
Alyse Galvin, independent candidate for Alaska's only House of Representatives seat, speaks at a drive-in rally on South Franklin Street in downtown Juneau on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Glavin is running for the second time trying to oust Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, who's held the seat since 1973. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire.
Alyse Galvin, independent candidate for Alaska's only House of Representatives seat, speaks at a drive-in rally on South Franklin Street in downtown Juneau on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Glavin is running for the second time trying to oust Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, who's held the seat since 1973. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire.
A biker leads a line of cars driving off the Homer Spit at about on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Homer, Alaska after a tsunami evacuation order was issued for low-lying areas in Homer. (Michael Armstrong / Homer News)

Earthquake prompts tsunami fears, fleeing

The earthquake struck south of Sand Point, Alaska.

A biker leads a line of cars driving off the Homer Spit at about on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Homer, Alaska after a tsunami evacuation order was issued for low-lying areas in Homer. (Michael Armstrong / Homer News)
This photo shows a by-mail ballot sent to an Alaska voter in October. Monday marked the first day of early in-person voting for the 2020 general election. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Record number of mail-in ballots may lead to shifting election results

‘All results are unofficial, unofficial, unofficial.’

This photo shows a by-mail ballot sent to an Alaska voter in October. Monday marked the first day of early in-person voting for the 2020 general election. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Juneau saw its first sea-level snow for the winter of 2020 with 1/10 of an inch falling in the Mendenhall Valley on Oct. 19, 2020. (Courtesy photo / Jeana Varney)

The iceman cometh: Juneau sees first sea-level snow

It’s early this year, but not the record earliest.

Juneau saw its first sea-level snow for the winter of 2020 with 1/10 of an inch falling in the Mendenhall Valley on Oct. 19, 2020. (Courtesy photo / Jeana Varney)
Morning mist is seen on a late September morning near Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area is part of the Tongass National Forest. A process is underway to enact a polarizing rule change that would exempt the largest national forest from the Roadless Rule. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Alaska tribes say agency ignored Tongass exemption request

Tribal officials: The government ignored Alaska Native groups’ requests to uphold the Roadless Rule.

Morning mist is seen on a late September morning near Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area is part of the Tongass National Forest. A process is underway to enact a polarizing rule change that would exempt the largest national forest from the Roadless Rule. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
This photo of a by-mail ballot sent to an Alaska voter in October shows Ballot Measure 2. The League of Women Voters of Alaska supports the election reform measure. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

League of Women Voters of Alaska supports Ballot Measure 2 — here’s why

The league did not make the decision to support Ballot Measure 2 lightly

  • Oct 19, 2020
This photo of a by-mail ballot sent to an Alaska voter in October shows Ballot Measure 2. The League of Women Voters of Alaska supports the election reform measure. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Alma Messing, 5, raises her fist during a women’s march and rally held Saturday, Oct. 17 in Juneau. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Juneau joins in nationwide rallies

“Women vote, so count on us.”

Alma Messing, 5, raises her fist during a women’s march and rally held Saturday, Oct. 17 in Juneau. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
U.S. Marine CorpsU.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornets assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 prepare to take off from the flightline during Red Flag-Alaska 17-2 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, in 2017.

Military leaders: Partnerships are key as Alaska’s strategic importance grows

The Alaska Native community and military must work together, commanders say

U.S. Marine CorpsU.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornets assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 prepare to take off from the flightline during Red Flag-Alaska 17-2 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, in 2017.