Eighth-graders Maya Araujo, left, and Cole Jensen crimp and check the seals on their steam boilers made out of aluminum cans in teacher Alan Degener's technology class at Floyd Dryden Middle School on Friday.

Photos: Pop pop boats

Eighth-graders Maya Araujo, left, and Cole Jensen crimp and check the seals on their steam boilers made out of aluminum cans in teacher Alan Degener's… Continue reading

Eighth-graders Maya Araujo, left, and Cole Jensen crimp and check the seals on their steam boilers made out of aluminum cans in teacher Alan Degener's technology class at Floyd Dryden Middle School on Friday.
Rosanne Schmitz wades through nearly 2600 balloons with her daughter, Aileen, center, and friend, Tori Talley, right, in her livingroom on Monday. Schmitz tranformed her livingroom to celebrate her daughter's 21st birthday. Schmitz also opened her house to friends to frolic and ended it with a popping party Monday night.

Photos: Balloon party

Rosanne Schmitz wades through nearly 2600 balloons with her daughter, Aileen, center, and friend, Tori Talley, right, in her livingroom on Monday. Schmitz tranformed her… Continue reading

Rosanne Schmitz wades through nearly 2600 balloons with her daughter, Aileen, center, and friend, Tori Talley, right, in her livingroom on Monday. Schmitz tranformed her livingroom to celebrate her daughter's 21st birthday. Schmitz also opened her house to friends to frolic and ended it with a popping party Monday night.
Geoffrey Wyatt sleds with his son, Lucas, 5, Orion Paden, 5, and Momar Diouf, 3, in front of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center on Monday.

Photos: Glacier sledding

Breanna Hills and her daughter, Cadance, 3, sled in front of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Monday.… Continue reading

Geoffrey Wyatt sleds with his son, Lucas, 5, Orion Paden, 5, and Momar Diouf, 3, in front of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center on Monday.
Richard Nault, right, is the interim Director of the Rainforest Recovery Center in Juneau and Mitzi Privett is the Intake Coordinator for the treatment facility.

Rainforest’s red-tape

Editor’s Note: This is the third part of a series that examines why it’s so hard for heroin and drug addicts to get into treatment… Continue reading

Richard Nault, right, is the interim Director of the Rainforest Recovery Center in Juneau and Mitzi Privett is the Intake Coordinator for the treatment facility.

Police blotter for Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

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Correction

A photo that appeared in the Juneau Empire of the Shop with a Cop program contained inaccurate information. The funds to take the kids shopping… Continue reading

Photo: Solstice sunrise

A couple watches the sunrise along Egan Drive downtown on Monday. Monday is the winter solstice with the shortest amount of daylight for the year.… Continue reading

Around town for Tuesday, Dec. 22

Parks and Recreation Wednesday hike, 9:30 a.m., call for location. Details: 586-0428.Day of quilting, sewing and good fellowship, 10 a.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated… Continue reading

Around town for Monday, Dec. 21

Social Media & Its Uses in the Workplace, 9 a.m.- 11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Details: 586-5718.Senior ceramics, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau… Continue reading

Oddin Kirby of Australia rides during Eaglecrest's Downtown Rail Jam on Saturday.

Photos: Downtown Rail Jam

Juneau resident Christian Jacobs flips during Eaglecrest’s Downtown Rail Jam on Saturday.… Continue reading

Oddin Kirby of Australia rides during Eaglecrest's Downtown Rail Jam on Saturday.
Kara Nelson, left, and Christina Love, both addicts in long-term recovery, are trained recovery coaches, helping guide drug addicts into recovery.

Juneau ‘Sherpas’ help guide addicts into treatment, recovery

Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a series that examines why it’s so hard for heroin and drug addicts to get into treatment… Continue reading

Kara Nelson, left, and Christina Love, both addicts in long-term recovery, are trained recovery coaches, helping guide drug addicts into recovery.
Law enforcement officials with the Juneau Police Department, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Department of Corrections and U.S. Forest Service prepare to take local youth shopping in front of the Nugget Mall on Saturday.

Photo: Shop with a cop

Law enforcement officials with the Juneau Police Department, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Department of Corrections and U.S. Forest Service prepare to take local youth shopping… Continue reading

Law enforcement officials with the Juneau Police Department, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Department of Corrections and U.S. Forest Service prepare to take local youth shopping in front of the Nugget Mall on Saturday.

Police & Fire for Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

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A collection of 52.20 grams of black tar heroin photographed at the Juneau Police Department.

This is what it takes to get into treatment

Editor’s Note: This is one part of a series examining why it’s so hard for heroin and drug addicts to get into treatment in Juneau,… Continue reading

A collection of 52.20 grams of black tar heroin photographed at the Juneau Police Department.

Leaning on a community

During a season filled with giving and lifted spirits, Kolene James was troubled by a news article revealing financial woes for Juneau’s homeless shelter. Something… Continue reading

Photo: Christmas dinner boxes

Hayden Garrison, of the Glacier Valley Rotary Club, stacks boxes of food with the help of students from the Thunder Mountain High School Interact Club… Continue reading

Police & Fire for Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015

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Around town for Sunday, Dec. 20

Knights of Columbus Bishop Kenny Council brunch, 10 a.m.-noon, St. Paul’s Catholic Church. $10 for a family and $4 for an individual.Open trap shooting, 10… Continue reading

Photo: Waiting in line for ‘Star Wars’

Lynn Roldan sits bundled up Thursday afternoon while waiting for the midnight first showing of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Roldan got there at 5… Continue reading

Photo: Montessori puppets

Montessori Borealis students parade their handmade puppets during a practice run in the Marie Drake gymnasium on Thursday. MK McNaughton has been working with the… Continue reading