Dr. Bridget Weiss, superintendent of the Juneau School District, speaks to members of the Juneau Board of Education during a meeting Tuesday, August 13. (Juneau Empire | Michael S. Lockett)

Live: Juneau Board of Education meets for working session, meeting

Live coverage from Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

Dr. Bridget Weiss, superintendent of the Juneau School District, speaks to members of the Juneau Board of Education during a meeting Tuesday, August 13. (Juneau Empire | Michael S. Lockett)
Juneau City Manager Rorie Watt, right, greets Greg Smith after Smith applied to run for one of two Assembly District 1 seats in this falls municipal election on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Watt said, “Welcome to the fray.” (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Juneau City Manager Rorie Watt, right, greets Greg Smith after Smith applied to run for one of two Assembly District 1 seats in this falls municipal election on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Watt said, “Welcome to the fray.” (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Juneau Board of Education has two open seats in the upcoming municipal elections.

Candidates throw hats into ring for school board

Mackey and Stepetin are only candidates for two seats so far.

The Juneau Board of Education has two open seats in the upcoming municipal elections.
A Toyota 4Runner sits in Gold Creek on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, after it went through a fence and over the cement embankment. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Car stuck in Gold Creek by Cope Park

The white SUV sat there with the passenger door open overnight.

A Toyota 4Runner sits in Gold Creek on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, after it went through a fence and over the cement embankment. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

‘Molly of Denali’ drums up fun, cultural pride

Cartoon tells Native stories with Native voices.

Seamen Logan Holt, left, and Daniel Piscoya pose outside of U.S. Coast Guard Station Juneau on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Both are taking advantage of the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative program and have recently returned from basic training. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

First two Alaskans in Coast Guard commissioning program return home

Juneau men first to graduate from Coast Guard program from Alaska.

Seamen Logan Holt, left, and Daniel Piscoya pose outside of U.S. Coast Guard Station Juneau on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Both are taking advantage of the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative program and have recently returned from basic training. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Bruce Denton speaks about the Housing First project during the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Bruce Denton speaks about the Housing First project during the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Bruce Denton speaks about the Housing First project during the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Bruce Denton speaks about the Housing First project during the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Lindsey Pierce, a environmental technician for Tlingit and Haida, holds blue mussels taken at Point Louisa on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. The samples will be sent to a Sitka lab specializing in testing shellfish and water for toxins, particularly those which cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Lindsey Pierce, a environmental technician for Tlingit and Haida, holds blue mussels taken at Point Louisa on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. The samples will be sent to a Sitka lab specializing in testing shellfish and water for toxins, particularly those which cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Juneau Police Department organized participation in the National Night Out for all Juneau public services, including Capital City Fire/Rescue, the Alaska State Troopers, and other uniformed and nonuniformed public services, Aug. 6, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
The Juneau Police Department organized participation in the National Night Out for all Juneau public services, including Capital City Fire/Rescue, the Alaska State Troopers, and other uniformed and nonuniformed public services, Aug. 6, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
A pedestrian walks by City Hall on June 7, 2017. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire File)

Assembly, school board races still shaping up

There are more openings than candidates.

A pedestrian walks by City Hall on June 7, 2017. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire File)
Juneau Police Department Deputy Chief David Campbell opens a press briefing following an officer-involved shooting during a domestic violence call outside the Mendenhall Valley Safeway, Aug. 4. (Photo by: Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

State troopers and Special Prosecutor’s Office to investigate JPD shooting incident

A JPD officer shot a man twice during a domestic violence incident.

Juneau Police Department Deputy Chief David Campbell opens a press briefing following an officer-involved shooting during a domestic violence call outside the Mendenhall Valley Safeway, Aug. 4. (Photo by: Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Construction work on land owned by Bicknell, Inc., at Honsinger Pond also known as the Field of Fireweed on Monday, July 22, 2019. Right now, work is focused on a 16-acre portion of a roughly 50-acre parcel. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Development is underway at Field of Fireweed

After almost a decade of talk, it’s happening.

Construction work on land owned by Bicknell, Inc., at Honsinger Pond also known as the Field of Fireweed on Monday, July 22, 2019. Right now, work is focused on a 16-acre portion of a roughly 50-acre parcel. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
James Helfenstine speaks about his work in the U.S. Coast Guard’s 17th District Bridge Administration during an interview on Friday, July 26, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Tying Alaska together: The man who crosses the water retires

James Helfinstine is retiring after decades of telling people how to build bridges.

James Helfenstine speaks about his work in the U.S. Coast Guard’s 17th District Bridge Administration during an interview on Friday, July 26, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Monika Kunat, left, signs an application petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy with others at the Planet Alaska Gallery on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Juneauites gather signatures for Dunleavy recall

Volunteers begin effort to recall the governor

Monika Kunat, left, signs an application petition to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy with others at the Planet Alaska Gallery on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Amber Frommherz, Director for the Tlingit and Haida’s Head Start program, talks about funding for the program at one of two classrooms at their Airport Shopping Center location on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Head Start to shutter three centers in Juneau if governor vetoes again

More than 60 students could find themselves without access to Pre-K services.

Amber Frommherz, Director for the Tlingit and Haida’s Head Start program, talks about funding for the program at one of two classrooms at their Airport Shopping Center location on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)