Then-Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott speaks at the 2015 Native Issues Forum in December 2015 at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. Mallott died at age 77. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Former Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott dies at age 77

Byron Mallott, who served as Alaska’s lieutenant governor as part of a “unity ticket” with Gov. Bill Walker, has died, Walker said Friday. Walker called… Continue reading

Then-Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott speaks at the 2015 Native Issues Forum in December 2015 at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. Mallott died at age 77. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
As the state government allows bars to reopen beginning Friday at 25% capacity, safety concerns, unclear guidelines and widespread maintenance will prevent many of Juneau’s bars, like Imperial Billiards and Bar, pictured here, from opening up, May 7, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Bars and barbells: What reopening means for local businesses

Renovations, regulations, and readiness are all keeping most bars quiet this weekend.

As the state government allows bars to reopen beginning Friday at 25% capacity, safety concerns, unclear guidelines and widespread maintenance will prevent many of Juneau’s bars, like Imperial Billiards and Bar, pictured here, from opening up, May 7, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Wary but accepting, city leaders mull reopening

There are concerns about gatherings and bars.

Increased demand may put capacity to the test

Opening many services may over-stress testing capability.

Courtesy art | Alaska Department of Transportation 
                                Construction on the intersection of Tenth Street and Egan Drive beginning the morning of Friday, May 8.

Egan Drive-Douglas Bridge intersection going into “deep surgery”

The work begins Friday morning and should be done by Sunday.

Courtesy art | Alaska Department of Transportation 
                                Construction on the intersection of Tenth Street and Egan Drive beginning the morning of Friday, May 8.
Juneau residents gather at the Gold Town Nickelodeons pop-up drive-in theatre to watch Star Wars: A New Hope on Star Wars Day, May 4, 2020. Screenings at the temporary outdoor theater will continue this week. (Christopher Miller | csmphotos.com)
Juneau residents gather at the Gold Town Nickelodeons pop-up drive-in theatre to watch Star Wars: A New Hope on Star Wars Day, May 4, 2020. Screenings at the temporary outdoor theater will continue this week. (Christopher Miller | csmphotos.com)
Visitors aren’t here now, but eventually travel from the Lower 48 without self-quarantine will be permitted. City officials said Juneau may keep that restriction past May 19. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
Visitors aren’t here now, but eventually travel from the Lower 48 without self-quarantine will be permitted. City officials said Juneau may keep that restriction past May 19. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
A Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot medium response boat patrols Auke Bay during an exercise in 2018. Coast Guardsmen from Station Juneau aboard a similar boat rescued two stranded kayakers on Couverden Island on May 1, 2020. (Lt. Brian Dykens | U.S. Coast Guard)
A Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot medium response boat patrols Auke Bay during an exercise in 2018. Coast Guardsmen from Station Juneau aboard a similar boat rescued two stranded kayakers on Couverden Island on May 1, 2020. (Lt. Brian Dykens | U.S. Coast Guard)

Calm waters for now but storms on the horizon for Juneau’s businesses

It’s not the explosion but the aftermath that might be the problem.

Mary Lou King shows children an example of Juneau’s ecosystem as part of Sea Week, now celebrating its 50th anniversary in the Juneau School District. (Courtesy Photo | Peggy Cowan)
Mary Lou King shows children an example of Juneau’s ecosystem as part of Sea Week, now celebrating its 50th anniversary in the Juneau School District. (Courtesy Photo | Peggy Cowan)
A special quarantine tent set up outside Bartlett Regional Hospital’s emergency room on Monday, March 30, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)

Hospital changes visitor policy

It coincides with resumption of elective procedures.

A special quarantine tent set up outside Bartlett Regional Hospital’s emergency room on Monday, March 30, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)
The Gas ‘N Go in Lemon Creek was robbed on April 16, 2020. Burglars stole roughly $10,000 in vaping and e-cigarette supplies, a Juneau Police Department spokeperson said. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
The Gas ‘N Go in Lemon Creek was robbed on April 16, 2020. Burglars stole roughly $10,000 in vaping and e-cigarette supplies, a Juneau Police Department spokeperson said. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire file 
                                Jan Reece, outreach/training specialist for Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition, holds up a card with contact information for suicide prevention resources after a screening of “The S-Word” at Gold Town Theater in March 2019.
Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire file 
                                Jan Reece, outreach/training specialist for Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition, holds up a card with contact information for suicide prevention resources after a screening of “The S-Word” at Gold Town Theater in March 2019.
The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center, April 28, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Special delivery? Juneau home birth center poised to take up slack from hospital

Could be an option for those who want to avoid taking resources or exposure to the coronavirus.

The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center, April 28, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

For now, Assembly agrees with state reopening

Testing levels are good, cheif medical officer said.

The Downtown Juneau Library, April 7, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Juneau board has no plans to follow Mat-Su’s lead on banned books

Stricken authors include Maya Angelou and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Downtown Juneau Library, April 7, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)