Neighbors

Southeast in Sepia: Mollie Brackett’s lost photo album

Mollie’s album gives us precious glimpses into the past, like personal letters and diaries. They show us the forgotten faces of people who, without these pictures, might be lost to history.

Southeast in Sepia: The Dyea townsite

Dyea was one of the major towns to grow into prominence as a result of the Klondike gold rush.

Friends of the SLAM invite authors, artists to exhibit

The Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives & Museum invite Alaskan authors and artists to submit an application for vending space at the APK… Continue reading

Planet Alaska: Afloat

Grief is a shared condition for humans and killer whales alike.

Symphony sets sail and sales

It will be a well orca-strated event. The Juneau Symphony Annual Wildlife Cruise was Saturday afternoon, and the fundraiser that combines whale watching, wine tasting… Continue reading

Tony Tengs listens to music at this year’s Southeast Alaska State Fair with his mother. (Courtesy photo)

Real Music: Tony Tengs finds new songwriting inspiration in retirement

Tony Tengs employs the double negative when it comes to his relationship with songwriting. He can’t not think musically, he said, so it’s a natural… Continue reading

Tony Tengs listens to music at this year’s Southeast Alaska State Fair with his mother. (Courtesy photo)
Tracy K. Smith, the 52nd Poet Laureate of the United States, is greeted by Juneauites before Smith’s reading at the Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith brings poetry to the people

The end of Tracy K. Smith’s reading in the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff building sounded more like the wrap up of a comedy set than… Continue reading

Tracy K. Smith, the 52nd Poet Laureate of the United States, is greeted by Juneauites before Smith’s reading at the Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Gimme a Smile: Justice wears a water-resistant cape

Most of us are law-abiding people.

Senior Menu & Activities for Aug. 27-31

Senior Menu Monday, Aug. 27 Mike’s chili Cornbread Texas cole slaw Tuesday, Aug. 28 BBQ chicken Baked beans Mixed veggies Potato salad Wednesday, Aug. 29… Continue reading

Jennie Thlunaut (left) with weaving apprentice Anna Brown Ehlers. Thlunaut and Ehlers both were named National Heritage Fellows by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1986 and 2017 respectively. The award is the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. (Courtesy Photo | William L. Paul, Sr., Sealaska Heritage Institute)

Nonprofit buys final Chilkat blanket by renowned weaver

When she sold her final Chilkat blanket in 1985, famed Tlingit weaver Jennie Thlunaut wrote a notarized note to the buyer, Dr. Robert Page. In… Continue reading

Jennie Thlunaut (left) with weaving apprentice Anna Brown Ehlers. Thlunaut and Ehlers both were named National Heritage Fellows by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1986 and 2017 respectively. The award is the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. (Courtesy Photo | William L. Paul, Sr., Sealaska Heritage Institute)
A rotten rung in the old roof ladder on Aug. 21.

Alaska For Real: The ladders of bush living

I’ve been watching my dad build ladders for most of my life. With a handsaw, that almost seems like an extension of his arm at… Continue reading

A rotten rung in the old roof ladder on Aug. 21.

Thank yous for the week of Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018

• Justin Parish along with the Alaska Legislature has awarded Helping Hands of Juneau for their 35th year anniversary at our annual dinner and auction… Continue reading

Neighbors recognitions for Aug. 26, 2018

Hailey Doherty of Juneau has graduated from Wenatchee Valley College with an associate in arts and science degree.… Continue reading

A fast moving front leaves dynamic-looking clouds over Gastineau Channel on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Slack Tide: Absence makes the grass grow longer

Nothing makes you appreciate living here like leaving here.

  • Aug 27, 2018
A fast moving front leaves dynamic-looking clouds over Gastineau Channel on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Living & Growing: I can be an imbecile

I have no idea what I’m doing most of the time. Take dinner the other night. There is always an element of adventure in our… Continue reading

Buzz, chirp, squeak: How and why insects make sound

Back in the Midwest, in the summers I listened to cicadas calling and crickets chirping — sounds that don’t happen here in Southeast Alaska. We… Continue reading

Off the Beaten Path: The meditative quality of butchering deer meat

A stiff southeasterly set the dark, wet woods of Douglas Island whispering. My dog Fen trotted ahead as we walked to the base of a… Continue reading

  • Aug 22, 2018

Photographer gives insight into taking pictures of space

Taking photographs of the stars can prove challenging, but a talk at the Marie Drake Planetarium this week could make it easier for those who… Continue reading

  • Aug 22, 2018

RiteCare Alaska to host Zero-K ‘No-Run’

RiteCare Alaska will host a “Zero K” event Oct. 13 at the Hangar Ballroom. The “Zero K” looks to capture the community spirit of a… Continue reading

Josh Wynn and J.T. Ferris win the fish tote race. (Maia Mares | For the Capital City Weekly)

Delicious & Sustainable: Sitka festival celebrates seafood

Held every August, the Sitka Seafood Festival is a summer tradition.

Josh Wynn and J.T. Ferris win the fish tote race. (Maia Mares | For the Capital City Weekly)