Emergency worker Melanie Chavez takes a COVID-19 test sample at the Juneau International Airport screening site on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The City and Borough of Juneau raised its health alert level Tuesday as the number of cases grows locally and statewide. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Emergency worker Melanie Chavez takes a COVID-19 test sample at the Juneau International Airport screening site on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The City and Borough of Juneau raised its health alert level Tuesday as the number of cases grows locally and statewide. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
A sign in downtown Juneau encourages residents who have symptoms or otherwise believe they are at risk of having contracted the coronavirus to get tested. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
A sign in downtown Juneau encourages residents who have symptoms or otherwise believe they are at risk of having contracted the coronavirus to get tested. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Alyse Galvin, independent candidate for Alaska's only House of Representatives seat, speaks at a drive-in rally on South Franklin Street in downtown Juneau on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Glavin is running for the second time trying to oust Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, who's held the seat since 1973. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire.
Alyse Galvin, independent candidate for Alaska's only House of Representatives seat, speaks at a drive-in rally on South Franklin Street in downtown Juneau on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Glavin is running for the second time trying to oust Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, who's held the seat since 1973. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire.
A biker leads a line of cars driving off the Homer Spit at about on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Homer, Alaska after a tsunami evacuation order was issued for low-lying areas in Homer. (Michael Armstrong / Homer News)

Earthquake prompts tsunami fears, fleeing

The earthquake struck south of Sand Point, Alaska.

A biker leads a line of cars driving off the Homer Spit at about on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Homer, Alaska after a tsunami evacuation order was issued for low-lying areas in Homer. (Michael Armstrong / Homer News)
Juneau saw its first sea-level snow for the winter of 2020 with 1/10 of an inch falling in the Mendenhall Valley on Oct. 19, 2020. (Courtesy photo / Jeana Varney)

The iceman cometh: Juneau sees first sea-level snow

It’s early this year, but not the record earliest.

Juneau saw its first sea-level snow for the winter of 2020 with 1/10 of an inch falling in the Mendenhall Valley on Oct. 19, 2020. (Courtesy photo / Jeana Varney)
Juneau Police Department Chief Ed Mercer, left, and Deputy Chief David Campbell, right, pose with Sgt. Nick Garza, center, for Garza's promotion to sergeant on Oct. 14, 2020. (Courtesy photo / JPD)

JPD officer promoted to sergeant

He has been with JPD since 2009.

Juneau Police Department Chief Ed Mercer, left, and Deputy Chief David Campbell, right, pose with Sgt. Nick Garza, center, for Garza's promotion to sergeant on Oct. 14, 2020. (Courtesy photo / JPD)
The Juneau Police Department Community Service Officer waits as a vehicle is pulled out of the ditch at the intersection of Egan and Yandukin Drives near Fred Meyer on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has announced five proposed alternatives to better manage traffic at the intersection. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

DOT presents 5 options for Fred Meyer intersection

Extensions? Traffic signals? Both?

The Juneau Police Department Community Service Officer waits as a vehicle is pulled out of the ditch at the intersection of Egan and Yandukin Drives near Fred Meyer on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has announced five proposed alternatives to better manage traffic at the intersection. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Dimond Courthouse is home to Juneau's court systems, Oct. 25, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Juneau district court set to reopen for misdemeanors next month

Felony trials will recommence in January, as currently scheduled.

Dimond Courthouse is home to Juneau's court systems, Oct. 25, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
First Student employees and Juneau School District food services supervisor Adrianne Schwartz, left, carry student meals off the bus they’re being distributed from near Juneau-Douglas High School:Yadaa.at Kalé, March 16, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Juneau schools announce free meals ahead of Alaska Day weekend

Four days worth of food will be available on Friday.

First Student employees and Juneau School District food services supervisor Adrianne Schwartz, left, carry student meals off the bus they’re being distributed from near Juneau-Douglas High School:Yadaa.at Kalé, March 16, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council recently produced a zine “Hunker Down For Climate Change” made with art submissions from residents of the Southeast, Oct. 13, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / SEACC)
The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council recently produced a zine “Hunker Down For Climate Change” made with art submissions from residents of the Southeast, Oct. 13, 2020. (Courtesy Photo / SEACC)
A sign in the window of a business on South Franklin Street in downtown Juneau on April 14, 2020. State officials say additional employments payments will be sent out next week. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
A sign in the window of a business on South Franklin Street in downtown Juneau on April 14, 2020. State officials say additional employments payments will be sent out next week. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. [CDC]

State reports 4 coronavirus-related deaths

More than 6% of all Alaska’s coronavirus deaths reported in previous day.

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. [CDC]
Second-grade teacher Katie Koski reacts to the news that a student lost a tooth and a was visited by the Tooth Fairy, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Second-grade teacher Katie Koski reacts to the news that a student lost a tooth and a was visited by the Tooth Fairy, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
People mill outside the Glory Hall on South Franklin Street on Wednesday, Oct. 7. A local cluster of COVID-19 cases connected to Juneau’s housing-insecure population now numbers more than 30, according to City and Borough of Juneau. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Update: City’s latest case cluster expands

New quarantine facility stood up, and hospital reports 1st in-patient death

People mill outside the Glory Hall on South Franklin Street on Wednesday, Oct. 7. A local cluster of COVID-19 cases connected to Juneau’s housing-insecure population now numbers more than 30, according to City and Borough of Juneau. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
This temporary shelter was set up earlier this year outside Bartlett Regional Hospital for the staff screening people entering the hospital. (Michael Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Bartlett Regional Hospital reports first coronavirus death

A Juneau woman in her 60s died early Tuesday morning.

This temporary shelter was set up earlier this year outside Bartlett Regional Hospital for the staff screening people entering the hospital. (Michael Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
Emergency worker Melanie Chavez takes a COVID-19 test sample at the Juneau International Airport screening site on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The City and Borough of Juneau announced 17 new COVID-19 cases over a three-day period. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Emergency worker Melanie Chavez takes a COVID-19 test sample at the Juneau International Airport screening site on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The City and Borough of Juneau announced 17 new COVID-19 cases over a three-day period. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Tlingit and Haida President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson, David R. Boxley, Lyle and Kolene James, Stephen Qacung Blanchett and Ben and Maria Young participate in Tlingit and Haida’s Indigenous Peoples Day celebration. This year’s event was held virtually. It was one of several such virtual events held throughout the state in observation of the holiday. (Screenshot)

Alaskans celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day virtually with music, language, activism

The legacy of colonization is still a threat to the future of Indigenous culture here, many say.

Tlingit and Haida President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson, David R. Boxley, Lyle and Kolene James, Stephen Qacung Blanchett and Ben and Maria Young participate in Tlingit and Haida’s Indigenous Peoples Day celebration. This year’s event was held virtually. It was one of several such virtual events held throughout the state in observation of the holiday. (Screenshot)
City and Borough of Juneau Assembly candidates Christine Woll, left, and Alicia Hughes-Skandijs remain in lead of the their respective races, though final results won’t be certified until Oct. 20. (Photos courtesy of the candidates)
City and Borough of Juneau Assembly candidates Christine Woll, left, and Alicia Hughes-Skandijs remain in lead of the their respective races, though final results won’t be certified until Oct. 20. (Photos courtesy of the candidates)
Beth McEwen and Lacey Davis introduce the unofficial results of the City and Borough of Juneau's by-mail Municipal Election from Anchorage on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (Screenshot)

Update: City shares more unofficial election results

Another 1,950 added to Friday’s numbers.

Beth McEwen and Lacey Davis introduce the unofficial results of the City and Borough of Juneau's by-mail Municipal Election from Anchorage on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (Screenshot)
Two prisoners in custody at Lemon Creek Correctional Center have tested positive for the coronavirus, Oct. 9, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

2 Lemon Creek inmates among city’s recent cases

The inmates were quarantined upon being admitted per prison policy.

Two prisoners in custody at Lemon Creek Correctional Center have tested positive for the coronavirus, Oct. 9, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)