Southeast energy challenges lead to interest in biomass

Increasing diesel costs, shortage of hydro storage lead to talk of shift toward biomass to ease Southeast Alaska’s energy demand

This article appeared in the January 27, 2012 issue of The Juneau Empire.

by Amy Condra

Michael Penn / Juneau EmpireWood pellets from Sealaska’s boiler supply are shown in 2009.

Water is abundant in Southeast — it falls [...]

Commuting by snowshoe

Couple that lives in Last Chance Basin take trestle improvements in stride

This article appeared in the November 25 issue of The Juneau Empire.

by Amy Condra

Photo by Michael Penn/Juneau Empire Gary Gillette and Renee Hughes at the Last Chance Mining Museum where they have lived for twenty years.

On those Juneau mornings when the snow falls [...]

Lingering among the brown bears of Pack Creek

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With a reputation steeped in lore and a history spotted with imperfections, Admiralty Island bruins find refuge, harmony

This article appeared in the August 12 issue of The Juneau Empire

Photo by Amy Condra, A brown bear sow and two cubs find repose on the banks of Pack Creek on Admiralty Island in July. “We manage [...]

New York theater artist to perform twice in Juneau

This article appeared in the July 14 issue of The Juneau Empire

Photo by Bobby Miller Performance artist Penny Arcade will be presenting her one-woman show, “The Girl Who Knew too Much,” at the Perseverance Theatre Friday evening and at The Rendezvous Saturday.

by Amy Condra

A few weeks ago, Perseverance Theatre’s Artistic Director Art Rotch found [...]

Laurence's Alaska: The 'invulnerable' landscapes of the painter of the north

This article originally appeared in the June 15 issue of The Juneau Empire

Photo by Amy Condra, "Supper on the Mendenhall" by Sydney Laurence

by Amy Condra

A man carries a bundle of sticks to a fire built on the bank of a river, to a speck of yellow that barely stands out against [...]

Alaska band stokes Appalachian tradition

 

Photo courtesy of the Great Alaska Bluegrass Band, The Great Alaska Bluegrass Band, with Brooke Munro, left, Scott Burton, Andrew Heist and Jeremy "Junior" Kane, celebrated the release of their new album, Semi-Bluegrass, at The Alaskan Bar in Juneau.

This article first appeared in The Juneau Empire on May 26, 2011

by Amy Condra

There is something [...]

Reincarnation of Stories: New play, to be performed in Tlingit

This article first appeared in The Juneau Empire on April 14, 2011

Photo by Amy Condra, From left, playwright Ishmael Hope, director Flordelino Lagundino and composer Edward Littlefield have collaborated on The Reincarnation of Stories, which tells the story of the origin of the killer whale. “I want the play performed as an elder, a [...]

Packing a digital punch

This article first appeared in the April 23, 2011 issue of The Juneau Empire

by Amy Condra

Photo by Amy Condra, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Director Ron Marvin adjusts a telescope that will transmit images of wildlife, such as far away mountain goats, to a 55-inch screen mounted in the visitor center.

Across the lake from [...]

Uncover mysteries of region’s bat species

Local biologist hopes to engage community in citizen science

This article first appeared in The Juneau Empire on March 19, 2011

Courtesy of the National Park Service, California Myotis is one of the five species of bats found in Alaska.

by Amy Condra

Fruits and flowers ripen into lush, succulent shades, bodies of water, gleaming and still, trees [...]

‘Writing Eden:’ Lecture to feature poet Emily Wall

This article first appeared in the March 10, 2011 issue of The Juneau Empire

Courtesy of Emily Wall, University of Alaska Southeast Writing Professor Emily Wall read her poetry at the university's Wildlife Wednesday series

by Amy Condra

Alaska attracts adventurers, people who come for the tall mountains and the deep rivers, who envision themselves discovering something [...]