A change in season is marked by tree leaves turning color at Evergreen Cemetery on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Autumn arrives in Juneau

Observations from Eaglecrest, Dan Moller and Gold Ridge.

A change in season is marked by tree leaves turning color at Evergreen Cemetery on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opioid crisis still cuts deep in Alaska

Nearly 6 million pills in 6 years.

LGBT supporters gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Washington. The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in its first cases on LGBT rights since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy was a voice for gay rights while his successor, Brett Kavanaugh, is regarded as more conservative. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

LGBT Alaskans closely watching US Supreme Court hearings

Ruling could change definition of workplace discrimination.

LGBT supporters gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Washington. The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in its first cases on LGBT rights since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy was a voice for gay rights while his successor, Brett Kavanaugh, is regarded as more conservative. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Election Canvass Review Board members Stuart Sliter, left, and Shirley Campbell make one last review of the municipal election results at City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Breaking: Elections results are official

Assembly and School Board members expected to be sworn in soon.

Election Canvass Review Board members Stuart Sliter, left, and Shirley Campbell make one last review of the municipal election results at City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Laron Carlton Graham hugs his defense attorney Natasha Norris after a jury found him not guilty for the November 2015 shooting deaths of 36-year-old Robert H. Meireis and 34-year-old Elizabeth K. Tonsmeire in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Video: Emotional reaction after verdict read in court

Watch the jury verdict announcement.

Laron Carlton Graham hugs his defense attorney Natasha Norris after a jury found him not guilty for the November 2015 shooting deaths of 36-year-old Robert H. Meireis and 34-year-old Elizabeth K. Tonsmeire in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Police calls for Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019

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Recall campaign is ready for a fight

Legal team has some heavy hitters.

Emily Weir’s car fell into chasm washed away on John Street in Douglas the evening of Oct. 5, 2015. Heavy rains in Juneau washed out roads, caused mudslides and damaged houses. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Emily Weir’s car fell into chasm washed away on John Street in Douglas the evening of Oct. 5, 2015. Heavy rains in Juneau washed out roads, caused mudslides and damaged houses. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Laron Carlton Graham waits for closing arguments to begin in Juneau Superior Court on Monday. Watch the video below. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Laron Carlton Graham waits for closing arguments to begin in Juneau Superior Court on Monday. Watch the video below. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Prosecuting Attorney John Darnall, from the Office of Special Prosecutions, gives his closing argument in Juneau Superior Court on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, during the trial of Laron Carlton Graham. Graham is facing two counts of first-degree murder for the November 2015 shooting deaths of 36-year-old Robert H. Meireis and 34-year-old Elizabeth K. Tonsmeire. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Prosecution sticks to evidence as defense attacks witnesses in closing arguments

The trial for a 2015 double murder is now in the hands of the jury.

Prosecuting Attorney John Darnall, from the Office of Special Prosecutions, gives his closing argument in Juneau Superior Court on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, during the trial of Laron Carlton Graham. Graham is facing two counts of first-degree murder for the November 2015 shooting deaths of 36-year-old Robert H. Meireis and 34-year-old Elizabeth K. Tonsmeire. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Absentee and questioned ballots count changes outcome for bonds proposition

Absentee and questioned ballots say yes for Prop 2.

Machinery Technician 2nd Class Anthony Delorenzo, Coast Guardsman stationed at Coast Guard Station Juneau, displays his tattoos Oct. 4, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Machinery Technician 2nd Class Anthony Delorenzo, Coast Guardsman stationed at Coast Guard Station Juneau, displays his tattoos Oct. 4, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Jessica Spurrier, the Juneau Opioid Work Group Facilitator for JAMHI Health & Wellness, Inc., holds up a drug deactivation bag on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. The bags make unused prescriptions safe to dispose of. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Video: How to destory your narcotics

Bags available at most pharmacies

Jessica Spurrier, the Juneau Opioid Work Group Facilitator for JAMHI Health & Wellness, Inc., holds up a drug deactivation bag on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. The bags make unused prescriptions safe to dispose of. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Police calls for Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019

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