Mike Hekkers looks at an air quality measurement device that was installed by the Department of Environmental Conservation at his downtown home on Thursday, April 18, 2019. The device, along with a number of others, will measure air quality in downtown during this summer’s cruise ship season. (Michael Penn |Juneau Empire)
Mike Hekkers looks at an air quality measurement device that was installed by the Department of Environmental Conservation at his downtown home on Thursday, April 18, 2019. The device, along with a number of others, will measure air quality in downtown during this summer’s cruise ship season. (Michael Penn |Juneau Empire)

On day 56, the Alaska Legislature passes first resolution of session

Congress accepting comments on environmental impacts on ANWR through Wednesday.

The wall of the Red Chris tailings pond is a little less than 350 feet, or about the height of a 35-story building. It follows the same design as the Mount Polley tailings dam, which broke in 2014, sending 24 million cubic meters of toxic mine tailings into the Fraser River watershed. It is designed, however, to hold 305 million cubic meters of mine waste — seven times more than Mount Polley. Both mines are owned by Imperial Metals. (Courtesy Photo | Garth Lenz via Salmon State)

Could Canadian mine be cautionary tale for Southeast?

Experts weigh in on environmental and economic hazards.

The wall of the Red Chris tailings pond is a little less than 350 feet, or about the height of a 35-story building. It follows the same design as the Mount Polley tailings dam, which broke in 2014, sending 24 million cubic meters of toxic mine tailings into the Fraser River watershed. It is designed, however, to hold 305 million cubic meters of mine waste — seven times more than Mount Polley. Both mines are owned by Imperial Metals. (Courtesy Photo | Garth Lenz via Salmon State)
Bear 153 was the topic of Laurie Craig’s Fireside Lecture Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Laurie Craig)

Since a young age, this bear has lived with an audience

Think Nicky is too mainstream? Here’s your bear.

Bear 153 was the topic of Laurie Craig’s Fireside Lecture Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Laurie Craig)

Opinion: Roadless Rule and the Tongass should remain intact

It makes economic, environmental and social sense.

LaVern Beier speaks during his Fireside Lecture about Gobi bears at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Friday, Feb.1, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Bear with him: Retired researcher talks about studying world’s most endangered bear

There are fewer than 50 of these bears left and he’s touched three of them.

LaVern Beier speaks during his Fireside Lecture about Gobi bears at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Friday, Feb.1, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
The Holland America Line cruise ships Eurodam, left, and Nieuw Amsterdam pull into Juneau’s downtown harbor on May 1, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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The Holland America Line cruise ships Eurodam, left, and Nieuw Amsterdam pull into Juneau’s downtown harbor on May 1, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Beth Kerttula, former Alaska State Representative and past Director of the National Oceans Council under President Barack Obama, takes a question at the Mendenhall Valley Glacier Visitor Center for a Fireside Lecture, Jan. 25, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

Former Rep calls attention to ‘frightening’ state of oceans

The messenger was warmly received, the disconcerting message not so much.

Beth Kerttula, former Alaska State Representative and past Director of the National Oceans Council under President Barack Obama, takes a question at the Mendenhall Valley Glacier Visitor Center for a Fireside Lecture, Jan. 25, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)
British Columbia, Canada. (Unsplash)
British Columbia, Canada. (Unsplash)

Opinion: NASA’s mission is four billion miles off course

Scientists must shift focus to climate change, not outer space.