Trail Mix Inc. contracted with ROTAK Helicopter Services to provide a K-Max heavy lift helicopter to slingload dozens of tons of gravels for new construction on the Horse Tram Trail on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Special delivery: Trail Mix uses helicopter to build new trail

The synchropter can lift more than its own weight.

Trail Mix Inc. contracted with ROTAK Helicopter Services to provide a K-Max heavy lift helicopter to slingload dozens of tons of gravels for new construction on the Horse Tram Trail on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
The Rev. Michael Bunton, pastor for Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Anchorage, speaks during Black Awareness Association, Juneau’s, virtual Juneteenth community event. (Screenshot)

Black Awareness Association holds Juneteenth community event

Topics included current events and ways everyone can do better.

The Rev. Michael Bunton, pastor for Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Anchorage, speaks during Black Awareness Association, Juneau’s, virtual Juneteenth community event. (Screenshot)

Polarizing Petition: Hundreds call for statue’s removal

But not everyone wants to see Seward leave spot near Capitol.

After long night of listening, long road ahead

More discussions are needed, city officials say.

A caravan of union workers and their supporters drive through downtown Juneau on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, as part of a nation protest in support of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Union members caravan for worker protections

The did have a great big convoy.

A caravan of union workers and their supporters drive through downtown Juneau on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, as part of a nation protest in support of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML)
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML)
Construction takes place at Mendenhall Loop Road and Stephen Richards Memorial Drive on Monday, June 9, 2020. Work on the roundabouts is expected to be completed by September. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Valley road construction closures ongoing till autumn

The project is ticking right along, according to the DOT.

Construction takes place at Mendenhall Loop Road and Stephen Richards Memorial Drive on Monday, June 9, 2020. Work on the roundabouts is expected to be completed by September. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
The USCGC Healy, the Coast Guard’s only medium icebreaker, lies moored to the pier in Juneau as it returns to Seattle at the end of deployment, Oct. 27, 2019. The Healy is one of two U.S. icebreakers, but perhaps that will change, as a White House memorandum directs the government to look at options for expanding the icebreaker fleet. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
The USCGC Healy, the Coast Guard’s only medium icebreaker, lies moored to the pier in Juneau as it returns to Seattle at the end of deployment, Oct. 27, 2019. The Healy is one of two U.S. icebreakers, but perhaps that will change, as a White House memorandum directs the government to look at options for expanding the icebreaker fleet. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
Supporters of LGBTQ+ rights hold placards in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Oct. 8, 2019. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment. It’s a resounding victory for LGBTQ+ rights from a conservative court. (AP Photo | Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Alaskans celebrate Supreme Court decision protecting LGBTQ+ rights

The 6-3 decision is a resounding victory for the LGBTQ+ community.

Supporters of LGBTQ+ rights hold placards in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Oct. 8, 2019. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment. It’s a resounding victory for LGBTQ+ rights from a conservative court. (AP Photo | Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Juneau students earn academic honors, scholarship

Recognitions for the week of June 14, 2020.

The Juneau Empire, offices seen here, is launching a new grant program to match advertisers’ purchases in an effort to help spur economic recovery. Grants will range from $500 to $20,000 in advertising credits, matching the client, and can be used for both print and digital advertising. The application for the grant is available at <a href="http://www.soundpublishing.com/grantapplication/" target="_blank">http://www.soundpublishing.com/grantapplication/</a>. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Empire launches grant program to help local businesses recover

Grant applications are available till the end of June.

The Juneau Empire, offices seen here, is launching a new grant program to match advertisers’ purchases in an effort to help spur economic recovery. Grants will range from $500 to $20,000 in advertising credits, matching the client, and can be used for both print and digital advertising. The application for the grant is available at <a href="http://www.soundpublishing.com/grantapplication/" target="_blank">http://www.soundpublishing.com/grantapplication/</a>. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
A pair of bald eagles lay on the beach near Auke Bay after locking talons and falling from the sky on June 9, 2020, a somewhat common behavior. The Juneau Raptor Center has had an active spring, handling half a dozen calls about bald eagles in the last week and rescuing other birds as well. (Courtesy photo | Kevin Henderson)

It was a busy week for Juneau Raptor Center

Half a dozen bald eagles and other birds have needed help.

A pair of bald eagles lay on the beach near Auke Bay after locking talons and falling from the sky on June 9, 2020, a somewhat common behavior. The Juneau Raptor Center has had an active spring, handling half a dozen calls about bald eagles in the last week and rescuing other birds as well. (Courtesy photo | Kevin Henderson)

Police investigating hit-and-run on bicyclist

The bicyclist was injured; the driver, unidentified.

“Alaska is consistently rated very high, in part because of the consistent boating safety programs, such as Kids Don’t Float,” said Mike Folkerts, boating safety specialist for Coast Guard District 17. He said such campaigns and widespread use of life jackets help explain why Alaska saw fewer boating-related deaths last year than in 2018. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

2019 boating deaths, injuries in Alaska down from previous years

Alaska’s high rate of life jacket use likely saved many lives.

“Alaska is consistently rated very high, in part because of the consistent boating safety programs, such as Kids Don’t Float,” said Mike Folkerts, boating safety specialist for Coast Guard District 17. He said such campaigns and widespread use of life jackets help explain why Alaska saw fewer boating-related deaths last year than in 2018. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)