Photos by Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire
Members of the Yées Ku.oo multicultural dance group advance up the pier Saturday during the 12th Annual Maritime Festival. Below left, sailors strive against Juneau Docks and Harbors personnel in a tug-of-war. Below right, a swimmer drops out of a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk during a rescue demonstration.

Visitors and sun greet 12th annual Juneau Maritime Festival

Hundreds came to the annual festival recognizing Juneau’s ties to the ocean.

Photos by Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire
Members of the Yées Ku.oo multicultural dance group advance up the pier Saturday during the 12th Annual Maritime Festival. Below left, sailors strive against Juneau Docks and Harbors personnel in a tug-of-war. Below right, a swimmer drops out of a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk during a rescue demonstration.
Capt. Bonny Millard of the FV San Juan tosses the commemorative wreath during the annual Blessing of the Fleet at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial in Juneau on May 7, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Juneau holds annual Blessing of the Fleet

Juneau turned out to bless and honor its fishermen, both working and lost at sea or ashore.

Capt. Bonny Millard of the FV San Juan tosses the commemorative wreath during the annual Blessing of the Fleet at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial in Juneau on May 7, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Anne Sears, the new lead investigator for the federally-funded Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative, speaks during the annual rally at the Alaska State Capitol on May 5, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Hundreds gather for missing and murdered Indigenous people

More and more attention is being paid nationwide to the staggering violence rates.

Anne Sears, the new lead investigator for the federally-funded Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative, speaks during the annual rally at the Alaska State Capitol on May 5, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Alaskan Brewing Co. recently won a platinum Crushie from the Craft Beer Marketing Association for the design of its Island Ale, the second year in a row the brewery has won an award. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Alaskan Brewing Co. recently won a platinum Crushie from the Craft Beer Marketing Association for the design of its Island Ale, the second year in a row the brewery has won an award. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
A Carnival Cruise Lines vessel similar to one due in Juneau Saturday following a COVID-19 outbreak aboard steams past Douglas in 2021. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire File)

Formerly infected cruise ship to dock as usual

Most passengers were let off in Seattle, and the city is satisfied with measures in place.

A Carnival Cruise Lines vessel similar to one due in Juneau Saturday following a COVID-19 outbreak aboard steams past Douglas in 2021. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire File)
Dasha Pearson, second from right, with her sister Natalia Dontsova, center, and father Alexander Dontsov, second from right, in Seattle on March 8, 2022. Pearson's family fled Ukraine when the war started, and now they and other displaced Ukrainians are trying to find a home in Alaska. (Courtesy photo / Dasha Pearson)
Dasha Pearson, second from right, with her sister Natalia Dontsova, center, and father Alexander Dontsov, second from right, in Seattle on March 8, 2022. Pearson's family fled Ukraine when the war started, and now they and other displaced Ukrainians are trying to find a home in Alaska. (Courtesy photo / Dasha Pearson)
Blue Shibler, executive director of the Southeast Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children (center), Emily Thompson, Parents As Teachers coordinator for the organization (left) and Nikki Love, Community Engagement and ROCK Juneau Coordinator for AEYC (right) address the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Finance Committee on Wednesday in the Assembly Chambers in City Hall. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Community respite funds get serious scrutiny

Glory Hall funds put on hold, heating assistance and park improvements get the OK.

Blue Shibler, executive director of the Southeast Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children (center), Emily Thompson, Parents As Teachers coordinator for the organization (left) and Nikki Love, Community Engagement and ROCK Juneau Coordinator for AEYC (right) address the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Finance Committee on Wednesday in the Assembly Chambers in City Hall. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
This City and Borough of Juneau chart shows the history of the city's restricted and unrestricted general funds. (Courtesy Image / City and Borough of Juneau)

A big unexpected loss, but a bigger unexpected gain

City’s investments return $4M less than predicted, but an extra $16M is coming from the state.

This City and Borough of Juneau chart shows the history of the city's restricted and unrestricted general funds. (Courtesy Image / City and Borough of Juneau)
JDHS basketball player Trinity Jackson signs her letter of intent to play basketball for Skagit Valley College on May 4, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
JDHS basketball player Trinity Jackson signs her letter of intent to play basketball for Skagit Valley College on May 4, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
A Carnival Cruise Lines vessel similar to one due in Juneau following a COVID outbreak aboard steams past Douglas in 2021. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire File)

City contacting ship on way to town following COVID outbreak

The ship, due to arrive here Saturday, experienced an outbreak enroute from Miami to Seattle.

A Carnival Cruise Lines vessel similar to one due in Juneau following a COVID outbreak aboard steams past Douglas in 2021. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire File)
This photo shows a Lenco Armored Vehicles BearCat G3. Juneau Police Department is planning to acquire one of the vehicles. Courtesy Photo / Lenco)
This photo shows a Lenco Armored Vehicles BearCat G3. Juneau Police Department is planning to acquire one of the vehicles. Courtesy Photo / Lenco)
This photo shows a ballot for the City and Borough of Juneau 2021 municipal election. The election was conducted primarily by mail. On Monday, city officials discussed  (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Assembly to consider changes to election code

Changes include Petition booklets, touch-screen ballots, rules for voting centers and boxes

This photo shows a ballot for the City and Borough of Juneau 2021 municipal election. The election was conducted primarily by mail. On Monday, city officials discussed  (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
City and Borough of Juneau Assembly members Monday night approved drafting ballot language that would exempt food from sales tax, if a 1% sales tax increase during summer months is approved.
City and Borough of Juneau Assembly members Monday night approved drafting ballot language that would exempt food from sales tax, if a 1% sales tax increase during summer months is approved.
The Public Works and Facilities Committee heard a meme from the head of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum outlining some of the issues of the 70-year-old building and a proposal for a new structure on the waterfront on May 2, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
The Public Works and Facilities Committee heard a meme from the head of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum outlining some of the issues of the 70-year-old building and a proposal for a new structure on the waterfront on May 2, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
The Senate Judiciary Committee moved a bill that would ban transgender athletes from competing on teams of the sex they identify with on Monday, May 2, 2022. The bill could go to a floor vote sometime this week. (Screenshot)
The Senate Judiciary Committee moved a bill that would ban transgender athletes from competing on teams of the sex they identify with on Monday, May 2, 2022. The bill could go to a floor vote sometime this week. (Screenshot)
Robert Yates, left, receives his certificate for Indigenous language teaching during the commencement ceremony for University of Alaska Southeast on May 1, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

UAS returns to in-person commencement

Students walked the stage into the next phase of life in person once more.

Robert Yates, left, receives his certificate for Indigenous language teaching during the commencement ceremony for University of Alaska Southeast on May 1, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
The Riverview Senior Living facility is under construction on Clinton Drive in the Mendenhall Valley on Monday, May 2, 2022. Senior living has been an issue for Juneau and the facility received financial support from the city. The projects promoters say they've already received a number of applications. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
The Riverview Senior Living facility is under construction on Clinton Drive in the Mendenhall Valley on Monday, May 2, 2022. Senior living has been an issue for Juneau and the facility received financial support from the city. The projects promoters say they've already received a number of applications. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
A Juneau man was cited for multiple sexual abuse of a minor charges following his arrest last week for incidents that took place in 2019 and 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire file)
A Juneau man was cited for multiple sexual abuse of a minor charges following his arrest last week for incidents that took place in 2019 and 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire file)
Gerald Thill, 7, inspects a weathered can before placing it in a litter bag on Saturday during the citywide cleanup. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Gerald Thill, 7, inspects a weathered can before placing it in a litter bag on Saturday during the citywide cleanup. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Courtesy photo / Sydney Akagi Photography 
Bartender Logan Terry pours a drink during an opening event for the Crystal Saloon, a newly overhauled bar downtown.

What’s old is new again: A Crystal Saloon returns to Juneau

It’s a name with a history reaching back over the last century.

Courtesy photo / Sydney Akagi Photography 
Bartender Logan Terry pours a drink during an opening event for the Crystal Saloon, a newly overhauled bar downtown.