Wayne Carnes prepares to begin his volunteer grooming run at Pioneer Road on Jan. 18. Carnes is a volunteer with the Juneau Nordic Ski Club. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)

Volunteers make winter cool for local skiers

Juneau Nordic Ski Club offers fun and learning

A United States government website is displayed on a computer, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, in Walpole, Mass., that features a page where people can order free, at-home COVID-19 tests. The website, COVIDTests.gov, allows people to order four at-home tests per residence and have them delivered by mail. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

City, state report rising COVID case numbers

Federal officials say despite the surge, country better off than last year

Alaska State Trooper Andrew Adams holds up a knife identified as a possible weapon involved in the killing of a man in Yakutat several years ago as he testifies in court on Jan. 19, 2022. (Screenshot)

Trooper who investigated Yakutat stabbing continues testimony

His testimony continues from Tuesday.


State high court upholds voter-approved election changes

A brief order affirmed a lower court ruling from last year.

  • 19 hours ago
The author bought his bike in Wyoming this summer. It didn't come with fenders because Wyoming doesn't have water. (Jeff Lund / For the Juneau Empire)

I Went to the Woods: Fending off the cold

While biking, cool air turns cold, and cold air turns bitter.

  • 22 hours ago
“Fireweed is a gift from Tlingit Aaní,” writes Yéilk’ Vivian Mork. “In our Lingít language it’s called lóol.” (Yéilk’ Vivian Mork / For the Capital City Weekly)

Planet AlaskaTen lessons from the fireweed

Yes, I’m thinking about fireweed in the middle of winter.

  • 23 hours ago
Pathfinder to Point Louisa, Auke Recreation Area on Jan. 3. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto).

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

Reader-submitted photos of Southeast Alaska.

  • 5 days ago
Alwen Carrillo, one of the Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé boy’s basketball team captains, dribbles during practice on Dec. 15, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Juneau boys basketball hitting the road

One team is bound for Anchorage, the other for Utqiagvik


Web tease

Juneau students earn academic honors, awards

Recognitions for the week of Jan. 16, 2022

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds up a graph showing the earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund during a new conference at the Alaska State Capitol on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. Lawmakers have asked the governor to amend the call of the special session, allowing them to address the budget which remains only partially funded. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Lawmakers, governor spar over direction of special session

Lawmakers return to the capital city.


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)

Video: Watch the municipal candidate forum live here

Learn more about the candidates running for local office.

  • 6 months ago


Mariya Lovishchuk, Executive Director of the Glory Hall -- Juneau’s homeless shelter and soup kitchen -- speaks Wednesday, July 17, 2019, about cuts in services that will take place starting next month with the elimination of state funding. Watch a full video online at juneauempire.com. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

WATCH: Glory Hall homeless shelter talks cuts in services

Juneau’s homeless shelter is hoping for a miracle.

  • 6 months ago


Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a virtual town hall meeting on Sept. 15. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Governor issues health alert asking for COVID-19 diligence

Gov asks you wear a mask.


Pathfinder to Point Louisa, Auke Recreation Area on Jan. 3. (Courtesy Photo / Kenneth Gill, gillfoto).

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

Reader-submitted photos of Southeast Alaska.

  • 5 days ago


This photo shows the Dec. 19 sunrise. (Courtesy Phoyo / Lauren Verrelli)

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

Reader-submitted photos of Southeast Alaska.

  • 3 weeks ago


Participants move quickly but gingerly into the water at the 2022 Polar Dip held Saturday. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

PHOTOS: Juneau dips its toes into 2022

Polar Dip returns.


The Mills family hands out candy at the trunk or treat event at Chapel by the Lake on Saturday, Oct. 30. Inspired by the movie "Rise of the Guardians," Andy Mills, left is dressed as Santa, 6-year-old Malcolm Mills, center left, is dressed as Jack Frost. Eden Mills, 3, center right, and Cori Mills, right, are dressed as the tooth fairy and a tooth fairy assistant. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire)

Photos: Juneau residents embrace Halloween weekend

Merriment kicked off Saturday morning and continues all weekend


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