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Juneau area ski and snow report as of March 15

New snow (24 hours):• Base: 3.4 inches• Top: 4 inchesNew Snow (48 hours):• Base: 6.4 inches• Top: 7 inchesTotal snow:• Base: 21 inches• Top: 50… Continue reading

State forestry office in Haines closing for winter

HAINES — Due to recent budget cuts, the Alaska Division of Forestry office in Haines will be closed to the public for most of the… Continue reading

Applications now being accepted for Hilary Lindh Scholarship

Eaglecrest Ski Area’s annual Hilary Lindh Scholarship Competition is open once again, with four winners who will be awarded a 2015-16 season pass to Juneau’s… Continue reading

Annual Trail Mix auction to benefit Treadwell Trail bridges

The public is invited to attend Trail Mix Inc.’s annual dinner and auction happening at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. Proceeds from this year’s… Continue reading

Montana Creek Road closed to vehicular traffic for winter

Montana Creek Road beyond the Hank Harmon Rifle Range is now closed for the winter season; the road will reopen on May 1, 2016 or… Continue reading

Ten sea lions basked in sunshine and calm waters off Lena Point on Dec. 7.

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

Ten sea lions basked in sunshine and calm waters off Lena Point on Dec. 7.

Trans- boundary mine deal moves forward

Lieutenant Gov. Byron Mallott on Monday shared with a citizens’ advisory group a draft copy of a statement of cooperation with British Columbia about an… Continue reading

Water, contaminated with acid, runs from the entrance of the Tulsequah Chief Mine in Canada in a picture taken in Oct. 2008.

Tulsequah Chief ordered to get clean in three months

British Columbian officials have told the owners of a long-closed mine polluting the Taku River to come up with a plan to fix the mine’s… Continue reading

Water, contaminated with acid, runs from the entrance of the Tulsequah Chief Mine in Canada in a picture taken in Oct. 2008.

Alaska Science Forum: Bark beetles farther north primed for another run

Ed Berg has spent much of his life observing the natural happenings on a large peninsula (the Kenai) that juts from a larger peninsula (Alaska).… Continue reading

Skiers skin up through fresh snow at Eaglecrest on Monday.

Photos: Enjoy it while it lasts

With the arrival of enough snow to cover Eaglecrest Ski Area from top to bottom, snow enthusiasts have been taking advantage of the additional outdoor… Continue reading

Skiers skin up through fresh snow at Eaglecrest on Monday.
An elusive American bittern hunts and hides in an alder swamp.

On the Trails: Another rare bird sighting – a bittern

On day in early-mid November, I was splashing and splodging around in one of the campground lakes, noting signs of beaver activity. As I emerged… Continue reading

An elusive American bittern hunts and hides in an alder swamp.

What’s happening this week

EVENTSWoosh Kinaadeiyí Open Mic, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Mendenhall Valley Public Library, 3025 Dimond Park Loop. The event will be hosted by Dee Jay… Continue reading

Volunteers work to install a split rail cedar fence along Jordan Creek. They hope the fence will prevent plowed snow, and its accompanying contaminants, from entering the creek.

Saving Jordan Creek

In certain places, it’s easy to forget about Jordan Creek: its lower reaches run between parking lots, shopping complexes, and the airport.It’s also easy to… Continue reading

Volunteers work to install a split rail cedar fence along Jordan Creek. They hope the fence will prevent plowed snow, and its accompanying contaminants, from entering the creek.

SHI joins forces with Any Given Child, local groups, in arts initiative

Sealaska Heritage Institute has partnered with a national arts program and local organizations to teach Southeast Native cultures to children annually at the Walter Soboleff… Continue reading

Ravenstail Weaving Project Finishing class scheduled for Dec. 7-12 in Ketchikan

Fiber artist Kathryn Rousso will help students complete their unfinished Ravenstail weaving projects during a class held Dec. 7-12 at the Totem Heritage Center. She… Continue reading

Performers in the Angoon lunchroom wait for their entrance before going on stage Thursday. The students wrote their own play "Raven Stole the Sun," based on the traditional Tlingit story, with the help of Gustavus artist Sarah Campen.

Photos: Angoon students stage “Raven Stole the Sun”

Students from Angoon presented their original play “Raven Stole the Sun” Thursday in an all-school project led by Gustavus artist Sarah Campen through the Artists… Continue reading

Performers in the Angoon lunchroom wait for their entrance before going on stage Thursday. The students wrote their own play "Raven Stole the Sun," based on the traditional Tlingit story, with the help of Gustavus artist Sarah Campen.

Writers’ Weir: Fair Trade

Fair Trade I traded the swampfor mountains,but never left the coast I left the shrill cry of the cityfor the quiet hum of colored night skies, swimming in… Continue reading

Move review: Game over in the dreary ‘Mockingjay Part 2’

Move review: Game over in the dreary ‘Mockingjay Part 2’

“The Hunger Games” movies have unfolded in a relative blitzkrieg — four movies in four years — and in a fan-fueled fever that has masked… Continue reading

Move review: Game over in the dreary ‘Mockingjay Part 2’
Juneau author Boochever wins book award for 'Bristol Bay Summer'

Juneau author Boochever wins book award for ‘Bristol Bay Summer’

Literary Classics International Book Award and Reviews recently announced that Juneau author Annie Boochever’s “Bristol Bay Summer,” published by Alaska Northwest Books, was chosen as… Continue reading

Juneau author Boochever wins book award for 'Bristol Bay Summer'
Dancers in Harborview's kindergarten through 5th grade TCLL (Tlingit Culture, Language and Literacy Program) perform at the Walter Soboleff Building at a retrospective in honor of Dr. Walter Soboleff. Walter Soboleff Day was Nov. 14, his birthday.

Walter Soboleff retrospective

At a retrospective in honor of the second annual Walter Soboleff Day, observed Nov. 14, speakers including family, friends and a pastor told stories that… Continue reading

Dancers in Harborview's kindergarten through 5th grade TCLL (Tlingit Culture, Language and Literacy Program) perform at the Walter Soboleff Building at a retrospective in honor of Dr. Walter Soboleff. Walter Soboleff Day was Nov. 14, his birthday.