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Laron Carlton Graham hugs his defense attorney Natasha Norris after a jury found him not guilty for the November 2015 shooting deaths of 36-year-old Robert H. Meireis and 34-year-old Elizabeth K. Tonsmeire in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Video: Emotional reaction after verdict read in court

Watch the jury verdict announcement.

Laron Carlton Graham hugs his defense attorney Natasha Norris after a jury found him not guilty for the November 2015 shooting deaths of 36-year-old Robert H. Meireis and 34-year-old Elizabeth K. Tonsmeire in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Laron Carlton Graham waits for closing arguments to begin in Juneau Superior Court on Monday. Watch the video below. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Laron Carlton Graham waits for closing arguments to begin in Juneau Superior Court on Monday. Watch the video below. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Jessica Spurrier, the Juneau Opioid Work Group Facilitator for JAMHI Health & Wellness, Inc., holds up a drug deactivation bag on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. The bags make unused prescriptions safe to dispose of. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Video: How to destory your narcotics

Bags available at most pharmacies

Jessica Spurrier, the Juneau Opioid Work Group Facilitator for JAMHI Health & Wellness, Inc., holds up a drug deactivation bag on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. The bags make unused prescriptions safe to dispose of. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Steve Henrikson, Curator of Collections at the Alaska State Museum, displays a plastic replica of a Tlingit throwing stick before his presentation on spear throwing with Richard VanderHoek, State Archaeologist with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Office of History and Archaeology, as part of the “Sharing Our Knowledge” conference on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Video: Spear throws in action

A quick snap is all it takes.

Steve Henrikson, Curator of Collections at the Alaska State Museum, displays a plastic replica of a Tlingit throwing stick before his presentation on spear throwing with Richard VanderHoek, State Archaeologist with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Office of History and Archaeology, as part of the “Sharing Our Knowledge” conference on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Evan Fabrello, 17, stands on a staircase he built this summer on the Favorite Channel Beach Access Trail on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. Learn more by watching the video below (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Video: This Juneau high schooler just made your beach access easier

Check out this senior’s Eagle Scout project.

Evan Fabrello, 17, stands on a staircase he built this summer on the Favorite Channel Beach Access Trail on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. Learn more by watching the video below (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Lisa Daugherty, owner of Juneau Composts!, spreads out newly-collected food waste and compostable material at her half-acre site in Lemon Creek on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Daugherty is offering to take home owners’ leaves this fall. Daugherty has put up signs where to deposit leaves, but not plastic bags, at her business on Ralph’s Way. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Lisa Daugherty, owner of Juneau Composts!, spreads out newly-collected food waste and compostable material at her half-acre site in Lemon Creek on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Daugherty is offering to take home owners’ leaves this fall. Daugherty has put up signs where to deposit leaves, but not plastic bags, at her business on Ralph’s Way. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Photos and Video: Sculpin hat returns to Tlingit clan

Video and photos of today’s ceremony.

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Video: Conference features Southeast tribes, culture bearers and academics

Sharing Our Knowledge returns to the capital city.

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James LeBlanc-Tweedy reacts on the witness stand to questioning by defense attorney Natasha Norris in Juneau Superior Court on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. Watch the video below. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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James LeBlanc-Tweedy reacts on the witness stand to questioning by defense attorney Natasha Norris in Juneau Superior Court on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. Watch the video below. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Sealaska Heritage Institute announced Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, it is raising money to build a Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus in the current location of the Sealaska Corp. parking lot. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Video: Sealaska’s Rosita Worl talks about her vision for new arts campus

She’s president of Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Sealaska Heritage Institute announced Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, it is raising money to build a Sealaska Heritage Arts Campus in the current location of the Sealaska Corp. parking lot. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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William Brown, a resident of Juneau Housing First Collaborative’s Forget-Me-Not Manor, talks about the positive impacts the home had made on his life on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. It is the two-year anniversary of the project that provides housing and support services to chronically homeless adults who have struggled with alcohol and are high utilizers of emergency services within the City and Borough of Juneau. Phase II to build another 32 apartments is currently underway and will open late next year. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
                                William Brown, a resident of Juneau Housing First Collaborative’s Forget-Me-Not Manor, talks about the postive impacts the home had made on his life on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. It is the two-year anniversary of the project that provides housing and support services to chronically homeless adults who have struggled with alcohol and are high utilizers of emergency services within the City and Borough of Juneau. Phase II to build another 32 apartments is currently underway and will open late next year. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Home Sweet Home: Once-controversial housing program seems like a success

Small rooms make big difference in the lives of Juneau’s homeless.

William Brown, a resident of Juneau Housing First Collaborative’s Forget-Me-Not Manor, talks about the positive impacts the home had made on his life on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. It is the two-year anniversary of the project that provides housing and support services to chronically homeless adults who have struggled with alcohol and are high utilizers of emergency services within the City and Borough of Juneau. Phase II to build another 32 apartments is currently underway and will open late next year. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
                                William Brown, a resident of Juneau Housing First Collaborative’s Forget-Me-Not Manor, talks about the postive impacts the home had made on his life on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. It is the two-year anniversary of the project that provides housing and support services to chronically homeless adults who have struggled with alcohol and are high utilizers of emergency services within the City and Borough of Juneau. Phase II to build another 32 apartments is currently underway and will open late next year. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Juneau School Board candidates Deedie Sorensen, left, Martin Stepetin, Sr., Bonny Jensen and Emil Mackey, right, respond to questions during a candidate forum at KTOO on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. The event was sponsored by the Juneau League of Women Voters. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Video: Watch the municipal candidate forum live here

Learn more about the candidates running for local office.

Juneau School Board candidates Deedie Sorensen, left, Martin Stepetin, Sr., Bonny Jensen and Emil Mackey, right, respond to questions during a candidate forum at KTOO on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. The event was sponsored by the Juneau League of Women Voters. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Juneau residents greet first responders during a 9/11 Memorial at Rotary Park on Sept. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Juneau residents greet first responders during a 9/11 Memorial at Rotary Park on Sept. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Video: International finance meeting kicks off in Juneau, with 30 nations present

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation playing host.

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Photos and Video: A look at Juneau’s newest neighborhood

Officer Reishus honored at Pederson Hill Subdivision ribbon-cutting.

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John Tonsmeire speaks about finding his daughter during the trial of Laron Carlton Graham in Juneau Superior Courton Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Graham is facing two counts of first-degree murder for the Nov. 14, 2015 shooting deaths of 36-year-old Robert H. Meireis and 34-year-old Elizabeth K. Tonsmeire. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Video: Juneau father testifies about finding his murdered daughter

The murder trial is happening now in Juneau.

John Tonsmeire speaks about finding his daughter during the trial of Laron Carlton Graham in Juneau Superior Courton Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Graham is facing two counts of first-degree murder for the Nov. 14, 2015 shooting deaths of 36-year-old Robert H. Meireis and 34-year-old Elizabeth K. Tonsmeire. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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