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Healing Hand Foundation announces new director

The Healing Hand Foundation announced Kristin McTague as its new executive director.McTague will work closely with the foundation’s board of directors to increase Alaskan Natives’… Continue reading

  • Oct 18, 2015

AWARE thanks Alaska Dames and Gents Cosignment Shop

Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE Inc.) is deeply honored and grateful to Alaska Dames and Gents Consignment Shop, for their donation of… Continue reading

  • Oct 18, 2015

Frugal Fashion Show and Tea

The Women of the Moose will hold their 4th annual Frugal Fashion Show and Tea at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Juneau… Continue reading

  • Oct 18, 2015

Alaska Day pancake breakfast fundraiser

On Oct. 19, Alaska Day, the Juneau Senior Center will be holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at their location on 895 W.… Continue reading

  • Oct 18, 2015
A bald eagle soars above the lens of Kenneth J. Gill in Juneau.

Wild Shots

The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos via email to: Outdoors editor, outdoors@juneauempire.com.… Continue reading

A bald eagle soars above the lens of Kenneth J. Gill in Juneau.

State OKs hunting of musk oxen stranded on sea ice

ANCHORAGE — Alaska big game officials have legalized an unusual hunt that will take a boat and a bold hand.Starting Thursday, Alaska residents can harvest… Continue reading

Off the Beaten Path: Hitchiking on mystery road

Years ago, on the Castner Glacier — an icy corridor leading into the alpine clutches of the easternmost region of the Alaska Mountain Range —… Continue reading

Jim Baichtal, left, and Ian Putnam, right, pose with the largest part of the palm leaf fossil they unearthed near Kake. They estimate it's between 50 and 50 million years old.

Kupreanof fossils paint picture of a warm and ancient Earth

Once upon a 50- to 57-million-year distant time, just after dinosaurs went extinct, Southeast Alaska was a much warmer place. Palm trees grew in the… Continue reading

Jim Baichtal, left, and Ian Putnam, right, pose with the largest part of the palm leaf fossil they unearthed near Kake. They estimate it's between 50 and 50 million years old.
In this photo, spore capsules of an unidentified moss can be seen.

On the Trails: Minature lives of spores and seeds

All plants need to produce offspring and those offspring need to be sent out into the world to get established and grow up to make… Continue reading

In this photo, spore capsules of an unidentified moss can be seen.

Nick Jans to speak on Romeo

Local author Nick Jans tonight will discuss the subject of his best-selling book, “A Wolf Called Romeo,” at the University of Alaska, Southeast’s Evening at… Continue reading

Alaskans invited to take part in National Farm to School Month

In recognition of National Farm to School Month in October, the state Division of Agriculture is collaborating with the Department of Education and Early Development’s… Continue reading

Auke Lake Wayside parking lot, boat launch closed to June

The Auke Lake Wayside parking lot and the boat launch are closed for the season beginning today, Oct. 19, according to a release from the… Continue reading

Oil burns on a manmade water basin at Poker Flat Research Range in April 2015.

Alaska Science Forum: Why we spilled crude just to watch it burn

On a clear day last spring, fire sizzled on water at Poker Flat Research Range in the Chatanika River valley.There, scientists were spilling crude oil… Continue reading

Oil burns on a manmade water basin at Poker Flat Research Range in April 2015.
Instructor Dave Zungia, with the U.S. Forest Service, teaches Floyd Dryden Middle School sixth-graders Brittany Johnson and Mackenzie Christensen and their classmates how to use compasses on Wednesday as part of their three-day Outdoors Skills class at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Juneau Hunter Education Shooting Complex. Volunteers assisting in teaching Juneau sixth-graders hailed from the ADF&G, U.S. Coast Guard, Taku River Sportman's Association and the U.S. Forest Service.

Photo: Wilderness navigation in a nutshell

Instructor Dave Zungia, with the U.S. Forest Service, teaches Floyd Dryden Middle School sixth-graders Brittany Johnson and Mackenzie Christensen and their classmates how to use… Continue reading

Instructor Dave Zungia, with the U.S. Forest Service, teaches Floyd Dryden Middle School sixth-graders Brittany Johnson and Mackenzie Christensen and their classmates how to use compasses on Wednesday as part of their three-day Outdoors Skills class at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Juneau Hunter Education Shooting Complex. Volunteers assisting in teaching Juneau sixth-graders hailed from the ADF&G, U.S. Coast Guard, Taku River Sportman's Association and the U.S. Forest Service.

Public invited to talk planetarium talk ‘Astronaut Humor’

Marie Drake Planetarium will host a free presentation and night sky viewing from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Cristina Della Rossa, creator of astronomyhumor.com,… Continue reading

Mixed-level cedar bark weaving to be offered in Ketchikan

Renowned Haida weaver Diane Douglas-Willard will lead a mixed-level cedar bark weaving class at the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan Oct. 26 through Nov. 6.… Continue reading

Pacific Northwest Indie Bestseller List

HARDCOVER FICTION1. “All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr2. “Fates and Furies,” by Lauren Groff3. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” by David… Continue reading

Juneau artist Dan DeRoux, left, works with John Salyers to install his bronze bear sculpture in front of the Auke Bay Elementary School on Thursday.

Life into art: DeRoux installs new public art in Juneau

The day local artist Dan DeRoux graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School, he and some friends had a conversation that stuck with him for decades.Each of… Continue reading

Juneau artist Dan DeRoux, left, works with John Salyers to install his bronze bear sculpture in front of the Auke Bay Elementary School on Thursday.

On Writing: Writing and Reading

Wanderer, there is no path.The path is made by walking.By walking you make the path,And turning and looking backYou see a path you will never… Continue reading

Clare Boily, as Lucille, second from left, rehearses for "Meet Me in St. Louis" with, from left,  Josh Rivers, Lily Deitz and  Molly York at the JDHS auditorium.

Photos: JDHS to present ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’

The Juneau Douglas High School Drama Department will present the family comedy “Meet Me in St. Louis” one weekend only, Oct. 15, 16 and 17… Continue reading

Clare Boily, as Lucille, second from left, rehearses for "Meet Me in St. Louis" with, from left,  Josh Rivers, Lily Deitz and  Molly York at the JDHS auditorium.