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The Department of Environmental Conservation has an ongoing study to measure the effects of air pollution from cruise ship emissions in Juneau, particularly the waterfront area, seen here on March 24, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

State scientist talks cruise ship emission effects in Juneau

Ongoing data gathering will show much the big ships affects air quality in Juneau.

The Department of Environmental Conservation has an ongoing study to measure the effects of air pollution from cruise ship emissions in Juneau, particularly the waterfront area, seen here on March 24, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
City leaders are waiting to learn more about the City and Borough of Juneau’s protocols that allow cruise ships to resume sailing. The Norwegian Pearl cruise ship, right, pulls into the AJ Dock in Juneau in September 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Amid COVID, cruise season planning is off to a slow start

The Assembly faces obstacles in setting local health protocols for visitors.

City leaders are waiting to learn more about the City and Borough of Juneau’s protocols that allow cruise ships to resume sailing. The Norwegian Pearl cruise ship, right, pulls into the AJ Dock in Juneau in September 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Norwegian Pearl cruise ship, right, pulls into the AJ Dock in Juneau in September 2018. Emissions are among the many grievances raised by the Global Cruise Activist Network against the cruise industry. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Cruise control: Activists voice goals for cruise industry reform

Pollution, human rights and community determinism are all on their agenda.

The Norwegian Pearl cruise ship, right, pulls into the AJ Dock in Juneau in September 2018. Emissions are among the many grievances raised by the Global Cruise Activist Network against the cruise industry. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Meilani Schijvens, owner and director of Rain Coast data and former executive director of Southeast Conference, gives a presentation on Southeast Alaska By the Numbers at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, Tuesday. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Meilani Schijvens, owner and director of Rain Coast data and former executive director of Southeast Conference, gives a presentation on Southeast Alaska By the Numbers at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, Tuesday. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Tourists watch as one of two cubs crosses the path between groups of tourists visiting the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)

Opinion: No place remains special by accident

To make and keep cohesive neighborhoods, it takes planning and zoning.

Tourists watch as one of two cubs crosses the path between groups of tourists visiting the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center in 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file                                A humpback whale is seen near Shelter Island in August 2011.                                A humpback whale is seen near Shelter Island on August 3, 2011. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Stakeholders talk keeping whale watching bubble afloat

Nearly 3,000 people a day can go out whale watching during peak season.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file                                A humpback whale is seen near Shelter Island in August 2011.                                A humpback whale is seen near Shelter Island on August 3, 2011. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Kim Metcalfe walks her dog along Basin Road on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Rezone Basin Road to lessen tourist traffic

Locals can be free of the crush of cruise ship tourism.

Kim Metcalfe walks her dog along Basin Road on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
City and Borough of Juneau Visitor Industry Task Force Chair Carole Triem and Vice Chair Craig Dahl listen to testimony Saturday, Jan. 11 during a public input task force meeting. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

‘What we used to have’: Locals testify about need to regulate tourism

Should the city cap number of cruise ship visitors to Juneau?

City and Borough of Juneau Visitor Industry Task Force Chair Carole Triem and Vice Chair Craig Dahl listen to testimony Saturday, Jan. 11 during a public input task force meeting. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Capt. Steve White, from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau, gives a presentation to the Visitor Industry Task Force in the Assembly chambers on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Capt. Steve White, from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau, gives a presentation to the Visitor Industry Task Force in the Assembly chambers on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Opinion: The costs of cruise ship tourism

Opinion: The costs of cruise ship tourism

We should also explore ways to gather more revenue from this industry.

Opinion: The costs of cruise ship tourism
Four whales struck by vessels this year in Southeast

Four whales struck by vessels this year in Southeast

NOAA investigates vessels for possible negligence.

Four whales struck by vessels this year in Southeast
Eric Fullerton makes his investment pitch during the Alaska Tourism Industry Association’s version of “Shark Tank” during their annual conference, held this year at Centennial Center, Oct. 9, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Eric Fullerton makes his investment pitch during the Alaska Tourism Industry Association’s version of “Shark Tank” during their annual conference, held this year at Centennial Center, Oct. 9, 2019. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
A helicopter tour over the Mendenhall Glacier in August 2010. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A helicopter tour over the Mendenhall Glacier in August 2010. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Opinion: Tourism in the era of middle-class acquiescence

Opinion: Tourism in the era of middle-class acquiescence

It’s time to examine “thorny questions of ethics and values.”

Opinion: Tourism in the era of middle-class acquiescence
Visitors from the Norwegian Bliss walk along Thane Road to downtown on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Visitors from the Norwegian Bliss walk along Thane Road to downtown on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Kim Metcalfe walks her dog along Basin Road on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Metcalfe is co-organizing a public meeting asking if cruise ship tourism is detrimental to the quality of life in the Basin Road and Thane neighborhoods. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Kim Metcalfe walks her dog along Basin Road on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Metcalfe is co-organizing a public meeting asking if cruise ship tourism is detrimental to the quality of life in the Basin Road and Thane neighborhoods. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Lavish British ship makes maiden voyage to Alaska
Lavish British ship makes maiden voyage to Alaska