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Author Tele Aadsen performing at her first FisherPoets Gathering in 2012. Her book, “What Water Holds,” is a collection of essays she wrote for the annual festival over the next 12 years. (Photo courtesy Pat Dixon)
Author Tele Aadsen performing at her first FisherPoets Gathering in 2012. Her book, “What Water Holds,” is a collection of essays she wrote for the annual festival over the next 12 years. (Photo courtesy Pat Dixon)
Sandi Hughes, right, and Sam Messerschmidt watch the raging Mendenhall River from the Mendenhall River Bridge on their way to Mendenhall River Elementary School on Monday, Sept. 11, 1995. (Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire Archives)
Sandi Hughes, right, and Sam Messerschmidt watch the raging Mendenhall River from the Mendenhall River Bridge on their way to Mendenhall River Elementary School on Monday, Sept. 11, 1995. (Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire Archives)
Roman Wilde, a Juneau drag performer, performs during GLITZ, a major annual drag event typically celebrated every Pride Month, at Centennial Hall on June 18, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

GLITZ in September: Juneau’s biggest drag show prepares for first fall debut

The annual performance returns following the reopening of newly renovated Centennial Hall ballroom.

Roman Wilde, a Juneau drag performer, performs during GLITZ, a major annual drag event typically celebrated every Pride Month, at Centennial Hall on June 18, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
Tibetan Buddhist Lama Khentrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche on a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier in 2018, his last visit to Juneau. He is returning for a talk on Sept. 14 at Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. (Photo courtesy Karin Dvorak)
Tibetan Buddhist Lama Khentrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche on a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier in 2018, his last visit to Juneau. He is returning for a talk on Sept. 14 at Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. (Photo courtesy Karin Dvorak)
Candidate Joe Banana: Juneau needs “strong mayor.” (Mark Kelley / Juneau Empire Archives)
Candidate Joe Banana: Juneau needs “strong mayor.” (Mark Kelley / Juneau Empire Archives)
Rio Alberto sings during a rehearsal Tuesday evening of “Hedwig and The Angry Inch” which debuts at Perseverance Theatre on Sept. 15. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Rio Alberto sings during a rehearsal Tuesday evening of “Hedwig and The Angry Inch” which debuts at Perseverance Theatre on Sept. 15. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
This is a photo of a news story on a page of the Juneau Empire published on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 1995, from an archived book. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
This is a photo of a news story on a page of the Juneau Empire published on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 1995, from an archived book. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
A promotional image for the 2021 TV series “Alaskan Killer Bigfoot” depicts a creature residents of Portlock say drove them from their fishing village 70 years ago. The nine-episode series on Discovery+ documented a 40-day trip by a team of people seeking clues about the creature. (Warner Bros. Discovery Inc.)

Bigfoot making tracks to Juneau

Juneau hosting a town hall for Sasquatch-curious and devotees.

A promotional image for the 2021 TV series “Alaskan Killer Bigfoot” depicts a creature residents of Portlock say drove them from their fishing village 70 years ago. The nine-episode series on Discovery+ documented a 40-day trip by a team of people seeking clues about the creature. (Warner Bros. Discovery Inc.)
This is a photo of a feature story on a page of the Juneau Empire published on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 1995, from an archived book. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
This is a photo of a feature story on a page of the Juneau Empire published on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 1995, from an archived book. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
A group of people gather in front of the stone fireplace at Taku Lodge including Leigh Hackley “Hack” Smith, who inherited one-quarter of the estate from his grandparents at age nine, his mother Erie Smith next to fireplace on the right and Mary Joyce who took over the lodge when “Hack” died in 1934. (Courtesy of Ken and Mic Ward)

A centennial tribute to the people who built the Taku Glacier Lodge

The former hunting and fishing camp has gone through generations of owners and changes.

A group of people gather in front of the stone fireplace at Taku Lodge including Leigh Hackley “Hack” Smith, who inherited one-quarter of the estate from his grandparents at age nine, his mother Erie Smith next to fireplace on the right and Mary Joyce who took over the lodge when “Hack” died in 1934. (Courtesy of Ken and Mic Ward)
A line of shoppers waits outside Centennial Hall during the Public Market in November of 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Gimme a Smile: What are you waiting for?

Waiting is hard. There’s nothing fun about it, unless your mom has established the habit of playing I-Spy in the line at the post office,… Continue reading

A line of shoppers waits outside Centennial Hall during the Public Market in November of 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Three generations of the Behrends-Gruening family stand outside the bank founded by B.M. Behrends. Standing from left: Jack Vines, Caroline Gruening Vines, Anne Gruening (great-granddaughter of B.M. Behrends), and Win Gruening (grandson of Governor and Senator Ernest Gruening). Young Norah and Jack Vines stand in front. Photo by Laurie Craig

Rooted in Communty: Behrends Bank

Banking on the future of a mining camp

Three generations of the Behrends-Gruening family stand outside the bank founded by B.M. Behrends. Standing from left: Jack Vines, Caroline Gruening Vines, Anne Gruening (great-granddaughter of B.M. Behrends), and Win Gruening (grandson of Governor and Senator Ernest Gruening). Young Norah and Jack Vines stand in front. Photo by Laurie Craig
Tattoo artists make their marks on attendees at a Ink Masters Tattoo Show in Colorado. (Courtesy of Ink Masters)

Considering some permanent body art? Book early

Founders of Ink Masters bringing national expo to Juneau for the first time

Tattoo artists make their marks on attendees at a Ink Masters Tattoo Show in Colorado. (Courtesy of Ink Masters)
Simple weatherization techniques, like improving insulation and plugging up gaps in your home, can help homeowners lower their energy costs. Alaska Heat Smart, offer free home heating assessments, which analyze homes and their energy use to create a report about potential heat pump installation options, and weatherization suggestions. (Bethany Goodrich/ Sustainable Southeast Partnership)

Exploring needs and opportunities on anniversary of Inflation Reduction Act

Tips on using federal and regional incentives for a clean energy future for Southeast Alaskans.

Simple weatherization techniques, like improving insulation and plugging up gaps in your home, can help homeowners lower their energy costs. Alaska Heat Smart, offer free home heating assessments, which analyze homes and their energy use to create a report about potential heat pump installation options, and weatherization suggestions. (Bethany Goodrich/ Sustainable Southeast Partnership)
This is a photo of the front page of the Juneau Empire published on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 1995, from an archived book. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
This is a photo of the front page of the Juneau Empire published on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 1995, from an archived book. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Pickled popweed and goose tongue ready for taste testing. (Photo by Vivian Faith Prescott)

Planet Alaska: In a pickle with suktéitl’ and tayeidí

I’m on the beach harvesting a basketful of late-stage goose tongue leaves (suktéitl’, Lingít). I knew that goose tongue can be pickled, but I wanted… Continue reading

Pickled popweed and goose tongue ready for taste testing. (Photo by Vivian Faith Prescott)
Drag queen Gigi Monroe performs an opening song during a Drag Storytime at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 5. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Drag queen Gigi Monroe performs an opening song during a Drag Storytime at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 5. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Steve Vick delivers a speech at Auke Village Recreation Area after completing his nine-day, 92-mile swim from Skagway on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005. Vick swam to call attention to the proposed Juneau to Skagway road. (Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire Archives)
Steve Vick delivers a speech at Auke Village Recreation Area after completing his nine-day, 92-mile swim from Skagway on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005. Vick swam to call attention to the proposed Juneau to Skagway road. (Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire Archives)
This photo taken in Juneau on Monday is of the Ghaanka Yéil S’áaxhw (Raven of the Roof, Hat) from the L’uknaxh.ádi clan in Sitka. The item from repatriated from the University of Pennsylvania. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Tlingit and Haida to receive $143K in grants toward repatriation projects

The funding was awarded under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

This photo taken in Juneau on Monday is of the Ghaanka Yéil S’áaxhw (Raven of the Roof, Hat) from the L’uknaxh.ádi clan in Sitka. The item from repatriated from the University of Pennsylvania. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire Archives
Senate Counsel Sam Dash speaks during a special session as Gov. Bill Sheffield sits in the background.
Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire Archives
Senate Counsel Sam Dash speaks during a special session as Gov. Bill Sheffield sits in the background.