Many hands help to get the work done. Participants of the Alaska Youth Stewards program in Kake install a Lingít/English road sign, a project in partnership with community elders and the U.S. Forest Service.

Resilient Peoples & Place: A year of building and reconnection

Investing in Southeast Alaska by continuing to place relationships first.

Many hands help to get the work done. Participants of the Alaska Youth Stewards program in Kake install a Lingít/English road sign, a project in partnership with community elders and the U.S. Forest Service.
Traffic passes by Fred Meyer in Juneau in November 2019. Many Juneau residents may need — or at least want — to get their prescriptions somewhere other than Fred Meyer as of Jan. 1, since its parent company Kroger has announced the termination of an agreement with a pharmacy benefit manager that works with insurers such as Cigna and Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Insured prescriptions from Fred Meyer may end for many Jan. 1

Corporate parent severing contract with company that reimburses city, military, other local workers

Traffic passes by Fred Meyer in Juneau in November 2019. Many Juneau residents may need — or at least want — to get their prescriptions somewhere other than Fred Meyer as of Jan. 1, since its parent company Kroger has announced the termination of an agreement with a pharmacy benefit manager that works with insurers such as Cigna and Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Juneau Police Department responds to motor vehicle crash on Egan Drive near Fred Meyer on Monday night. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Plans in place to improve site of recent crash

Only minor injuries reported.

Juneau Police Department responds to motor vehicle crash on Egan Drive near Fred Meyer on Monday night. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
This photo was taken after the Alaska Peace Officers Association’s annual Guns and Hoses hockey game and fundraiser in 2018. This year’s game will be at the Douglas Treadwell Arena at 6:30 p.m. Friday. (Courtesy / Shawn Phelps)

Paired-on-ice city: Guns and Hoses hockey fundraiser is coming up

Take my down to the capital city where the rink is clean and the fundraiser names are witty.

This photo was taken after the Alaska Peace Officers Association’s annual Guns and Hoses hockey game and fundraiser in 2018. This year’s game will be at the Douglas Treadwell Arena at 6:30 p.m. Friday. (Courtesy / Shawn Phelps)
Capital City Fire/Rescue (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
Capital City Fire/Rescue (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
A readiness hearing was held Wednesday afternoon at the Juneau State Courthouse for the man accused of killing a Juneau woman in late September. The suspect declined to participate, automatically waiving his rights to a speedy trial. The next readiness hearing is scheduled for early March, 2023. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Readiness hearing held for suspect in killing of Juneau woman

The next hearing is set for early March, 2023.

A readiness hearing was held Wednesday afternoon at the Juneau State Courthouse for the man accused of killing a Juneau woman in late September. The suspect declined to participate, automatically waiving his rights to a speedy trial. The next readiness hearing is scheduled for early March, 2023. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
A school bus sits in the parking lot of the University of Southeast Alaska Tech Center downtown. In the fall of 2024, a new commercial driver’s license education training program is expected to be offered at the campus. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

UAS to establish Juneau-based CDL program amid driver shortage

New program could put driver shortage in the rear-view mirror.

A school bus sits in the parking lot of the University of Southeast Alaska Tech Center downtown. In the fall of 2024, a new commercial driver’s license education training program is expected to be offered at the campus. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Police calls for Thursday, Dec. 29

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

  • Dec 28, 2022
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Police calls for Wednesday, Dec.28

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

  • Dec 28, 2022
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Applications and notifications about changes to benefits line a table at the entrance of the Alaska Division of Public Assistance office in Juneau. The division’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is months behind processing applications to due to workforce shortages and lingering problems of a cyberattack. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Food stamps backlog expected to continue for months

8,000 Alaska households go months without SNAP benefits; cyberattack, lack of workers blamed

Applications and notifications about changes to benefits line a table at the entrance of the Alaska Division of Public Assistance office in Juneau. The division’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is months behind processing applications to due to workforce shortages and lingering problems of a cyberattack. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
A bucket of compost awaits pickup by Juneau Composts on Douglas Tuesday morning. The City and Borough of Juneau was earmarked to be included in the $1.7 trillion spending bill which would allocate $2.5 million in funding toward designing and constructing a commercial-scale compost facility in Juneau. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

City set to receive $2.5M from feds to create new commercial-scale compost facility

City officials say it could extend the landfill’s dwindling lifespan.

A bucket of compost awaits pickup by Juneau Composts on Douglas Tuesday morning. The City and Borough of Juneau was earmarked to be included in the $1.7 trillion spending bill which would allocate $2.5 million in funding toward designing and constructing a commercial-scale compost facility in Juneau. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program conducts a preflight checklist before the Asteroid Bounce campaign Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Gakona, Alaska, as temperatures hit 40 below. The mission is slated for Dec. 27. (Photo courtesy UAF/GI photo by JR Ancheta)

Alaska research site to send radio signal to asteroid

The purpose of the experiment is to probe the interior of the asteroid

The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program conducts a preflight checklist before the Asteroid Bounce campaign Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Gakona, Alaska, as temperatures hit 40 below. The mission is slated for Dec. 27. (Photo courtesy UAF/GI photo by JR Ancheta)
Pacific wrens were formerly included with winter wrens, but are now considered to be a separate species (Courtesy Photo / Bob Armstrong)

On the Trails: Field notes and name games

Thoughts on the taxonomic road and local trails.

  • Dec 27, 2022
  • By Mary F. Willson For the Juneau Empire
Pacific wrens were formerly included with winter wrens, but are now considered to be a separate species (Courtesy Photo / Bob Armstrong)
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Police calls for Tuesday, Dec.27

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

  • Dec 27, 2022
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire
The former Juneau Youth Services building was recently purchased by JAHMI Health and Wellness Inc. and is set to be renovated into specialized behavioral health care for children, adolescents and their families. The renovations, expected to be complete in May, are funded by an $870,000 allocation earmarked in the recently passed $1.7 trillion spending bill.

New youth behavioral health facility set to open in Juneau this spring

Renovations to begin “as soon as possible,” funded by omnibus spending package allocation.

Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire
The former Juneau Youth Services building was recently purchased by JAHMI Health and Wellness Inc. and is set to be renovated into specialized behavioral health care for children, adolescents and their families. The renovations, expected to be complete in May, are funded by an $870,000 allocation earmarked in the recently passed $1.7 trillion spending bill.
CCFR prepares to perform a rescue on the frozen ice on Saturday after receiving a report of a man slipping and injuring himself roughly half a mile from the visitor’s center at the Mendenhall Glacier. (Courtesy Photo / Capital City Fire/Rescue)

CCFR rescues injured man near Mendenhall Glacier on Christmas Eve

He was rescued safely with non-life threatening injuries.

CCFR prepares to perform a rescue on the frozen ice on Saturday after receiving a report of a man slipping and injuring himself roughly half a mile from the visitor’s center at the Mendenhall Glacier. (Courtesy Photo / Capital City Fire/Rescue)
Bill Legere, president and general manager of KTOO since 1991, is retiring on Jan. 3 after a career in public broadcasting spanning more than 50 years. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Legere leaves a legacy

KTOO’s president and general manager retiring after 40 years of transforming Alaska’s public media

Bill Legere, president and general manager of KTOO since 1991, is retiring on Jan. 3 after a career in public broadcasting spanning more than 50 years. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
This photo provided by Amy Watson of Portland, Ore., shows her during an iron infusion in December 2022. Watson, approaching 50, says she has “never had any kind of recovery” from COVID-19. She has had severe migraines, plus digestive, nerve and foot problems. Recently she developed severe anemia. (Amy Watson)

Long COVID: Could mono virus or fat cells be playing roles?

Scientists are still trying to figure out why some people get long COVID.

This photo provided by Amy Watson of Portland, Ore., shows her during an iron infusion in December 2022. Watson, approaching 50, says she has “never had any kind of recovery” from COVID-19. She has had severe migraines, plus digestive, nerve and foot problems. Recently she developed severe anemia. (Amy Watson)
Blowing snow impairs visibility in rural Linn County, Iowa, on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. A winter storm brought wind chill values of more than 30 degrees below zero and whiteout conditions to Eastern Iowa. (Nick Rohlman / The Gazette)

Winter storm batters U.S. power, snarling Christmas travel

A winter storm knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of people across the U.S. Saturday.

Blowing snow impairs visibility in rural Linn County, Iowa, on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. A winter storm brought wind chill values of more than 30 degrees below zero and whiteout conditions to Eastern Iowa. (Nick Rohlman / The Gazette)
The Aurora Borealis glows over the Mendenhall Glacier in 2014. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Aurora forecast

Forecasts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute for the week of Dec. 25.

  • Dec 24, 2022
The Aurora Borealis glows over the Mendenhall Glacier in 2014. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)