Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference in Anchorage with Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (Courtesy photo | Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Officials say state must increase health care capacity to handle virus

State confirms 10 new COVID-19 cases statewide, including 1 in Juneau.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference in Anchorage with Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (Courtesy photo | Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Juneau’s 3rd COVID-19 case confirmed

Person was in close contact with other confirmed case.

Seated, from left to right, Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum, Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink at a press conference in Anchorage on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Courtesy photo | Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
Seated, from left to right, Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum, Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink at a press conference in Anchorage on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Courtesy photo | Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
Materials for remote learning are stacked outside Auke Bay Elementary School. (Courtesy photo | Juneau School District)

Juneau schools pivot to deal with new teaching environment

Teaching remotely is a whole different animal from teaching in person.

Materials for remote learning are stacked outside Auke Bay Elementary School. (Courtesy photo | Juneau School District)
Salmonberries hang fat from a bush on a recent summer. (Courtesy Photo | Mary Catharine Martin)

Alaskan solace on a recent hike

Even if we are quarantined and we can only see spring arrive from our window.

Salmonberries hang fat from a bush on a recent summer. (Courtesy Photo | Mary Catharine Martin)
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Tennessee’s Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey confirmed the state’s first case of the new coronavirus. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Alaska announces new virus cases — mostly in Anchorage

The number of reported coronavirus cases in Alaska rose to 59.

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Tennessee’s Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey confirmed the state’s first case of the new coronavirus. (NIAID-RML via AP)
Amelia Rivera explains how to bead during an interview at her home Feb. 27. Below are the first pair of earrings she has made. (Mollie Barnes | For the Juneau Empire)
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Amelia Rivera explains how to bead during an interview at her home Feb. 27. Below are the first pair of earrings she has made. (Mollie Barnes | For the Juneau Empire)
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Police calls for Thursday, March 26, 2020

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Aa cruise ship passenger photographs a ship in Juneau’s downtown harbor in August 2017. (Michal Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Seattle cruise operations postponed indefinitely

This follows the closing of Vancouver to cruise ships.

Aa cruise ship passenger photographs a ship in Juneau’s downtown harbor in August 2017. (Michal Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A patient, who tested positive for the coronavirus, had contact with the first floor of the state office building at 410 Willoughby Ave., according to an email from DEC Commissioner Jason Brune. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
A patient, who tested positive for the coronavirus, had contact with the first floor of the state office building at 410 Willoughby Ave., according to an email from DEC Commissioner Jason Brune. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
A black bear sow attempts to open a Pacific Waste garbage container in the Bonnie Brae subdivision on Douglas Island in July 2013. Water and wasted service won’t be discontinued for Juneauites in light of the ongoing pandemic. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)

Waste and water utilities stop cancellations

Many organizations are allowing for slippage during the quarantine period.

A black bear sow attempts to open a Pacific Waste garbage container in the Bonnie Brae subdivision on Douglas Island in July 2013. Water and wasted service won’t be discontinued for Juneauites in light of the ongoing pandemic. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)
The Juneau Police Department, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

JPD hardens department against possible coronavirus infection

JPD is looking to reduce chances of contracting or spreading the coronavirus.

The Juneau Police Department, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Marten, similar to the one in this photo, are one of nine species of weasel native to Alaska. Marten and fisher are particularly associated with forests. (Courtesy Photo | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Weaseling out: Learn more about forest creatures

The weasel family is well-represented in Alaska.

Marten, similar to the one in this photo, are one of nine species of weasel native to Alaska. Marten and fisher are particularly associated with forests. (Courtesy Photo | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

City: Stop flushing things that aren’t toilet paper

It can cause sewer lines to break.

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                                A short-eared owl perches on a snowy limb. The owls can sometimes be spotted near the Juneau International Airport. They hunt both during the day and at night.

A walk near the airport leads to a rare owl sighting

“I was hoping for something out of the ordinary — and I got lucky.”

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                                A short-eared owl perches on a snowy limb. The owls can sometimes be spotted near the Juneau International Airport. They hunt both during the day and at night.
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A Juneau Pioneer Home resident holds a paper crane made during a visit by Haborview Elementary School students in April 2016. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Legislature passes bill lowering Pioneer Home rates

It next goes to Gov. Mike Dunleavy for consideration.

A Juneau Pioneer Home resident holds a paper crane made during a visit by Haborview Elementary School students in April 2016. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Planet Alaska: An immune system boost from salmon head soup

“In Southeast Alaska communities, salmon head soup is an important part of our gift economy.”

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