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Holly Helena Huber of Juneau was named Miss Alaska Volunteer at the Miss Alaska Volunteer Educational Scholarship Program pageant. (Courtesy of Miss Alaska Volunteer Scholarship Pageant)

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Holly Helena Huber named Miss Alaska Volunteer Holly Helena Huber of Juneau was named Miss Alaska Volunteer at the Miss Alaska Volunteer Educational Scholarship Program… Continue reading

  • Oct 20, 2023
Holly Helena Huber of Juneau was named Miss Alaska Volunteer at the Miss Alaska Volunteer Educational Scholarship Program pageant. (Courtesy of Miss Alaska Volunteer Scholarship Pageant)
Carolyn Brown, a Juneau resident who worked as a physician in Alaska for more than 50 years, was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame)

Juneau public health advocate Carolyn Brown inducted in the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame

Carolyn Brown of Juneau was inducted in the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame during a virtual ceremony Oct 18. She was the lone Juneau resident… Continue reading

Carolyn Brown, a Juneau resident who worked as a physician in Alaska for more than 50 years, was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame)
(Juneau Empire File)

Living and Growing: An ancient history of meditation in the Christian tradition

St. Paul encourages us to “not be anxious about anything.” But how to attain such peace in our world so filled with peril and strife,… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
American avocet on the wetlands in September. (Photo by Kelly Kirkpatrick)

On the Trails: September walks

With a piece of good luck, despite the forecast of yet more rain, blue skies appeared one morning in mid-September. That called for a walk… Continue reading

American avocet on the wetlands in September. (Photo by Kelly Kirkpatrick)
Maj. Gina Halverson is co-leader of The Salvation Army Juneau Corps. (Robert DeBerry/The Salvation Army)

Living and Growing: Impossible to possible

Some of the greatest moments in life get branded into our memories: Branded Moments Shannon has moved 2,000 miles away from her abusive husband and… Continue reading

Maj. Gina Halverson is co-leader of The Salvation Army Juneau Corps. (Robert DeBerry/The Salvation Army)
Eyebright has a long flowering season, continuing even into October. (Photo by Mary F. Willson)

On the Trails: What do you see?

When you take a walk, what do you see? I mean really SEE. Sometimes I don’t really see (to notice) anything — I am talking… Continue reading

Eyebright has a long flowering season, continuing even into October. (Photo by Mary F. Willson)
A rosary the author got during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2018. (Photo by Gina Del Rosario)

Living and Growing: The Holy Rosary — our spiritual sword

Do you have a favorite song that brings back to your heart precious events in your life that you want to keep alive? Praying the… Continue reading

A rosary the author got during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2018. (Photo by Gina Del Rosario)
A rainbow bench downtown on Sept. 8. (Photo by Denise Carroll)

Art in Unusual Places

The Juneau Empire welcomes reader-submitted photos of art in unusual or unexpected places in Alaska. To submit, email your photos and captions to editor@juneauempire.com.… Continue reading

A rainbow bench downtown on Sept. 8. (Photo by Denise Carroll)
A sooty grouse alertly watches some approaching humans. (Photo by Pam Bergeson)

On the Trails: From Switzer Creek to Mount Roberts

A September morning stroll with a friend on the Switzer Creek Trail (and the nearby DZ Loop Trail) found the streams teeming with pink salmon.… Continue reading

A sooty grouse alertly watches some approaching humans. (Photo by Pam Bergeson)
This resting dog’s nose is at work all the time and is more than 1,000 times more sensitive than yours. (Photo of a tired-out Cora by Ned Rozell)

Alaska Science Forum: The world according to a dog’s nose

A dog can tell you a lot about the outdoors. When a Lab vacuums the ground with her nose and her tail spins like a… Continue reading

This resting dog’s nose is at work all the time and is more than 1,000 times more sensitive than yours. (Photo of a tired-out Cora by Ned Rozell)
An Earth Day message posted on Facebook this spring by the University of Alaska Southeast refers to environmental stewardship and climate change activities, including these kayaks used for an oceanography course during the summer of 2019. (Courtesy of the University of Alaska Southeast)

Sustainable Alaska: Connecting to nature is vital to sustainable well-being and behavior

I have spent my career studying the aesthetic experience in an art-viewing context. My work has shown that art viewing, even when viewing abstract art,… Continue reading

An Earth Day message posted on Facebook this spring by the University of Alaska Southeast refers to environmental stewardship and climate change activities, including these kayaks used for an oceanography course during the summer of 2019. (Courtesy of the University of Alaska Southeast)
Laura Rorem

Living and Growing: ‘UBUNTU: I am because we are’

Ironic. As I received the 1998 Parent of the Year Award for my outstanding contributions to children’s mental health in Alaska, Tanya experienced a severe… Continue reading

Laura Rorem
A crow is blinded in one eye with an infection of avian pox. (Photo by Kerry Howard)

On the Trails: Avian flu ailments

Among the many diseases that afflict wild birds, there is avian flu, which made national news when it began decimating flocks of domestic turkeys and… Continue reading

A crow is blinded in one eye with an infection of avian pox. (Photo by Kerry Howard)
A change in season is marked by tree leaves turning color at Evergreen Cemetery in late September of 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Gimme a Smile: P.S. Autumn is here.

Ready or not, here it comes. The days are getting shorter, new snow keeps materializing on the mountaintops, and the scent of autumn leaves competes… Continue reading

A change in season is marked by tree leaves turning color at Evergreen Cemetery in late September of 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
A double rainbow appears in Juneau last Friday. (Photo by Ally Karpel)

Living and Growing: Embracing Tohu V’vohu — Creation Amidst Chaos

Over the course of the past year, during which I have served as the student rabbi of Juneau’s Jewish community, I have grown accustomed to… Continue reading

A double rainbow appears in Juneau last Friday. (Photo by Ally Karpel)
Birch and aspen glow orange in September in the Chena River State Recreation Area east of Fairbanks. (Photo by Ned Rozell)

Alaska Science Forum: The varying colors of fall equinox

We are at fall equinox, a day of great equality: All the residents of the entire world — from Tierra Del Fuego to Rome to… Continue reading

Birch and aspen glow orange in September in the Chena River State Recreation Area east of Fairbanks. (Photo by Ned Rozell)
A male pink salmon attacks another male with a full-body bite, driving the victim to the bottom of the stream.(Photo by Bob Armstrong)

On the Trails: Eagle Beach strawberries and salmon

A walk at Eagle Beach Rec Area often yields something to think about. Here are two examples, unrelated to each other except for the location.… Continue reading

A male pink salmon attacks another male with a full-body bite, driving the victim to the bottom of the stream.(Photo by Bob Armstrong)
Adam Bauer of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Bahá’ís of Juneau.

Living and Growing: Rúhíyyih Khánum, Hand of the Cause of God

Living in Juneau I would like to take a moment to acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Áakʼw Ḵwáan and Taku… Continue reading

Adam Bauer of the Local Spiritual Assembly of Bahá’ís of Juneau.
A calm porcupine eating lunch and not displaying its quills. (Photo by Jos Bakker)

On the Trails: Prickly critters here and afar

Prickles, thorns, and spines of some sort are a common type of protection, found in many organisms. Here, we are well-acquainted with devil’s club, whose… Continue reading

A calm porcupine eating lunch and not displaying its quills. (Photo by Jos Bakker)
A female humpback whale Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve biologists know as #219 breaches in the waters near the park. When a whale breaches, it often leaves behind flakes of skin on the surface of the ocean. Scientists can collect sloughed skin and send it to a laboratory to learn about the genetics or diet of the whale. (National Park Service photo by Christine Gabriele, taken under the authority of scientific research permit #21059 issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service)

Alaska Science Forum: The welcome return of an old friend to Icy Strait

There was a time when Christine Gabriele wondered if she’d ever see one of her favorite creatures again. That 42-year-old female humpback whale — known… Continue reading

A female humpback whale Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve biologists know as #219 breaches in the waters near the park. When a whale breaches, it often leaves behind flakes of skin on the surface of the ocean. Scientists can collect sloughed skin and send it to a laboratory to learn about the genetics or diet of the whale. (National Park Service photo by Christine Gabriele, taken under the authority of scientific research permit #21059 issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service)