Barbara Sheinberg speaks about growing up in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood a couple blocks away from the Tree of Life synagogue where 11 people were killed by a gunman on Saturday. An overflowing crowd gathered at Temple Sukkat Shalom on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, to honor the memory of the people killed. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Community members gather to mourn Pittsburgh shooting victims

People of all ages and backgrounds were in attendance.

Barbara Sheinberg speaks about growing up in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood a couple blocks away from the Tree of Life synagogue where 11 people were killed by a gunman on Saturday. An overflowing crowd gathered at Temple Sukkat Shalom on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, to honor the memory of the people killed. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Thanksgiving donation season set to begin this weekend for homeless shelter

The shelter aims to feed more than 150 families for the holiday.

Will and Mindy Jones pose with some of their many Halloween decorations at their home at the corner of 10th Street and Glacier Avenue on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. The Jones have been decorating their home for the last 14 years and expect to nearly 400 visitors this year. Mindy said, “If you don’t like spiders, this isn’t the place for you.” (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Will and Mindy Jones pose with some of their many Halloween decorations at their home at the corner of 10th Street and Glacier Avenue on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. The Jones have been decorating their home for the last 14 years and expect to nearly 400 visitors this year. Mindy said, “If you don’t like spiders, this isn’t the place for you.” (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Two girls participate in a Women of Science and Technology Day in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo | Girl Scouts of Alaska)

Getting more girls interested in math and science

Girls are natural-born scientists.

Two girls participate in a Women of Science and Technology Day in Juneau. (Courtesy Photo | Girl Scouts of Alaska)
The New Office Building at the Treadwell Mine Historic Area, shown on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, has received a new metal roof and a fresh coat of paint inside and out. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The New Office Building at the Treadwell Mine Historic Area, shown on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, has received a new metal roof and a fresh coat of paint inside and out. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Lisa Daugherty, owner of Juneau Composts!, uses a front-end loader to move wood chips to used in her year-old business on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Currently located out the road near mile 25, Daugherty is working to lease city land in the Lemon Creek area to expand her business. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Composting business aims to help in fight to make landfill last

Some city officials are looking forward to making composting easier in town.

Lisa Daugherty, owner of Juneau Composts!, uses a front-end loader to move wood chips to used in her year-old business on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Currently located out the road near mile 25, Daugherty is working to lease city land in the Lemon Creek area to expand her business. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Frost-free Halloween forecast this year

There’s no snow on the pumpkin, and there might not be any frost, either. Juneau’s abnormally warm October set a record Sunday as temperatures reached… Continue reading

Police make flurry of warrant arrests at one house

Reasons for the warrants included vehicle theft and not showing up to court.

Conrado Ebron, 62, talks about working for the United States Postal Service on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Ebron is retiring as a postal carrier, mostly on the downtown route, after 33 years. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Beloved downtown postal carrier retiring after 33 years

People on his route referred to him as a “daily friend” and “hero.”

Conrado Ebron, 62, talks about working for the United States Postal Service on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Ebron is retiring as a postal carrier, mostly on the downtown route, after 33 years. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
John Jack, Sr. was found dead in his apartment on Oct. 17, 1988. Thirty years later, his killer or killers have not been found. (Photo illustration by Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Murder of elderly Juneau man remains unsolved, 30 years later

Thirty years after the brutal murder of an elderly man, the case remains unsolved.

John Jack, Sr. was found dead in his apartment on Oct. 17, 1988. Thirty years later, his killer or killers have not been found. (Photo illustration by Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Nathan Gaudreault, left, and Tyler Gress work their way up The Rock Dump’s climbing walls on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2008. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Rock Dump prepares for creepy climbing on Halloween

Two nights this week, you can celebrate Halloween by climbing for candy. The Rock Dump is getting into the holiday spirit this week, decorating and… Continue reading

Nathan Gaudreault, left, and Tyler Gress work their way up The Rock Dump’s climbing walls on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2008. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A Yakutat Borough Police Department vehicle sits in front of the site of a fatal stabbing in Yakutat on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Courtesy Photo | Yakutat Borough Police Department)

Drunken jealousy spurred stabbing, witness speculates

The suspect claimed he was trying to push the victim away during an altercation.

A Yakutat Borough Police Department vehicle sits in front of the site of a fatal stabbing in Yakutat on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Courtesy Photo | Yakutat Borough Police Department)

Time running out to apply for spot on JEDC board

There are three open seats on the Juneau Economic Development Council’s Board of Directors, and the deadline to apply for a spot has been extended,… Continue reading

A memorial to the passengers and crew of the S.S. Princess Sophia at the Eagle Beach Recreation Area on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, 100 years after the ship hit Vanderbilt Reef and sunk in Favorite Channel. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sophia centennial and day of sinking share stormy weather

Weather on Thursday’s centennial and the day of the Princess Sophia’s sinking shared a bit in common — but not to an eerie degree, said… Continue reading

A memorial to the passengers and crew of the S.S. Princess Sophia at the Eagle Beach Recreation Area on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, 100 years after the ship hit Vanderbilt Reef and sunk in Favorite Channel. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Mary Lou Spartz reads the names of victims buried at the Evergreen Cemetery during a memorial service on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Princess Sophia. The service takes place at the gravesite of Walter Harper and his wife, Frances Wells. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Mary Lou Spartz reads the names of victims buried at the Evergreen Cemetery during a memorial service on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Princess Sophia. The service takes place at the gravesite of Walter Harper and his wife, Frances Wells. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
University of Alaska Southeast chancellor Rick Caulfield speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at its weekly luncheon on Oct. 25, 2018. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

UAS chancellor updates Juneau Chamber on university’s progress

University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfield shared good news with the Juneau Chamber of Commerce Thursday: The number of new students is rising, and… Continue reading

University of Alaska Southeast chancellor Rick Caulfield speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at its weekly luncheon on Oct. 25, 2018. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)
Juneau Police Department Officer C.J. Warnaca administers a field sobriety test after a four-car crash on Egan Drive on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Nobody was harmed, authorities said on scene. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Juneau Police Department Officer C.J. Warnaca administers a field sobriety test after a four-car crash on Egan Drive on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Nobody was harmed, authorities said on scene. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A Juneau taxicab is pictured in February 2017. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire File)

Free cab rides available Saturday night

This Halloween weekend, there’s reason for celebration but no reason to drive drunk. Those who are looking to have a few drinks at a bar… Continue reading

A Juneau taxicab is pictured in February 2017. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire File)
A view of the Princess Sophia’s port side, The ship, which was bound for Seattle, struck Vanderbilt Reef because of a confluence of conditions, including a late train and poor visibility. The ship sunk Oct. 25 1918. (Alaska State Library-Historical Collections, ASL-P87-1699)
A view of the Princess Sophia’s port side, The ship, which was bound for Seattle, struck Vanderbilt Reef because of a confluence of conditions, including a late train and poor visibility. The ship sunk Oct. 25 1918. (Alaska State Library-Historical Collections, ASL-P87-1699)
Broken windows are covered up at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, after reports of vandalism on Monday night. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Broken windows are covered up at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, after reports of vandalism on Monday night. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)