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, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Tennessee’s Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey confirmed the state’s first case of the new coronavirus. (NIAID-RML via AP)
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, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Tennessee’s Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey confirmed the state’s first case of the new coronavirus. (NIAID-RML via AP)
No cruises till July at the earliest mean these tourist-targeted shops downtown will likely remain shuttered for months longer, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Stopping the bleeding: City offers interim loans for small businesses

The small loans are just to hold business over till federal aid comes online.

No cruises till July at the earliest mean these tourist-targeted shops downtown will likely remain shuttered for months longer, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
The City and Borough of Juneau is beginning a reconstruction project on some roads in the Mendenhall Valley, April 2, 2020. (Courtesy Art | CBJ)
The City and Borough of Juneau is beginning a reconstruction project on some roads in the Mendenhall Valley, April 2, 2020. (Courtesy Art | CBJ)
Surgical scrub technician Jody Hass and registered nurse Diana Colbert wear headbands made by Liz Clauder and her daughters, Frances Jones and Nicole Bettridge. The headbands include buttons that allow masks to loop around things that aren’t a health care worker’s ears. (Courtesy Photo | Luke Jones)
                                Surgical scrub technician Jody Hass and registered nurse Diana Colbert wear headbands made by Liz Clauder and her daughters, Frances Jones and Nicole Bettridge. The headbands include buttons that allow masks to loop around things that aren’t a health care worker’s ears. (Courtesy Photo | Luke Jones)
Surgical scrub technician Jody Hass and registered nurse Diana Colbert wear headbands made by Liz Clauder and her daughters, Frances Jones and Nicole Bettridge. The headbands include buttons that allow masks to loop around things that aren’t a health care worker’s ears. (Courtesy Photo | Luke Jones)
                                Surgical scrub technician Jody Hass and registered nurse Diana Colbert wear headbands made by Liz Clauder and her daughters, Frances Jones and Nicole Bettridge. The headbands include buttons that allow masks to loop around things that aren’t a health care worker’s ears. (Courtesy Photo | Luke Jones)
Juneau’s City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Assembly OKs $3 million to assist small businesses

If paid off in a year, there’s no interest.

Juneau’s City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
People pay tribute to the Woosh.ji.een Dance Group as they perform during a Celebrate Survivors gathering sponsored by Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and AWARE in the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
People pay tribute to the Woosh.ji.een Dance Group as they perform during a Celebrate Survivors gathering sponsored by Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and AWARE in the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Lily Hope is the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s featured artist for this week’s Virtual First Friday. (Courtesy art | Juneau Arts and Humanities Council)
Lily Hope is the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s featured artist for this week’s Virtual First Friday. (Courtesy art | Juneau Arts and Humanities Council)

Happy Census Day: Did you respond yet?

It takes less time than making a grilled cheese.

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File
                                The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will be among the public facilities closed because of COVID-19 concerns.
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File
                                The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will be among the public facilities closed because of COVID-19 concerns.
The Juneau Raptor Center received an injured adult male bald eagle rescued from Skagway on March 31, 2020. (Courtesy art | Juneau Raptor Center)
The Juneau Raptor Center received an injured adult male bald eagle rescued from Skagway on March 31, 2020. (Courtesy art | Juneau Raptor Center)
Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios | U.S. Coast Guard 
                                An MH-60 Jayhawk crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka carries out training in Juneau on June 26, 2018.

Coast Guard flies pump to vessel taking on water

Civilian vessels also responded to the situation.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios | U.S. Coast Guard 
                                An MH-60 Jayhawk crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka carries out training in Juneau on June 26, 2018.
Centennial Hall, left and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, center, seen in this August 2019 photo are providing shelter for homeless people in Juneau in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent spell of cold weather. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

JACC opens for cold weather, overnight sheltering

People will be able to shelter in Centennial Hall during the day.

Centennial Hall, left and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, center, seen in this August 2019 photo are providing shelter for homeless people in Juneau in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent spell of cold weather. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Middle school students do well in statewide contest

Floyd Dryden Middle School’s sixth-grade team placed second in statewide contest.

Hal Daugherty shows off his hood design, to be put into production at his all-volunteer Southeast Regional Personal Protective Equipment Fabrication Facility, stood up in his sterilized workspace at Capital Canvas, March 27, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Juneau residents work to prevent mask shortage before it happens

They’re working to support those on the frontlines of the outbreak.

Hal Daugherty shows off his hood design, to be put into production at his all-volunteer Southeast Regional Personal Protective Equipment Fabrication Facility, stood up in his sterilized workspace at Capital Canvas, March 27, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Juneau’s City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

City urges governor to promote teleworking, safety at state offices

The initiatives are aimed at staunching the wounds for small businesses.

Juneau’s City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Juneau’s 3rd COVID-19 case confirmed

Person was in close contact with other confirmed case.