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  • Coast Guard heads out on annual North Pacific fisheries patrol

    Michael S. Lockett, Juneau Empire|Jul 20, 2022

    Multiple vessels were targeted with fines as a result of enforcement by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf during an annual fisheries patrol last year. The announcement comes as the Coast Guard’s annual fisheries patrol, North Pacific Guard, is about to start once again. “Everyone eats on the planet. Everyone needs food. Everyone needs fish. It’s a problem for everyone,” said Lt. Collin McClelland, who works in the international section of the Coast Guard District 17 in Juneau, coordinating the patrols. “That is why it has become a priority f...

  • Project works to put opioid overdose kits at seafood processing plants

    Michael S. Lockett, Juneau Empire|Jun 29, 2022

    Following the death of her son to an opioid overdose in January, Sitka state public health nurse Denise Ewing and her husband, Gary Johnston, sought to prevent others from suffering the same loss. Named after her son, Gabe Johnston, Project Gabe seeks to place opioid overdose kits at seafood processors across Southeast, aiming to protect the high-risk population from avoidable deaths. “Gabe … had struggled with opioids for many years,” Ewing said in an interview. “When he passed, we said, ‘We have to stop this. This is stoppable...

  • Capitol rally held in support of investigating missing Alaska Natives

    Michael S. Lockett, Juneau Empire|May 11, 2022

    Adorned with red handprints across their mouths and carrying signs bearing the faces of the missing, hundreds gathered last Thursday at the Capitol in Juneau. Elected officials and Alaska Native dignitaries spoke before a solemn crowd amid flags bearing the red hand symbolizing the missing and murdered Indigenous persons awareness movement. The rally was held on Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day. “I think the turnout was great. The message was shared across the state. … It’s gaining more attention on national levels through p...

  • Alaskan Brewing wins awards for beer can art

    Michael S. Lockett, Juneau Empire|May 11, 2022

    Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Co. won a platinum and a gold Crushie - symbolized by a crushed beer can in a raised fist - for two of its designs from the Craft Beer Marketing Awards, an international industry award for art and marketing. "To us it's a huge honor because we're trying to put art out," said Ryan Lange, the brewery's digital marketing specialist. The brewery won a gold Crushie for its recently released pilsner and a platinum Crushie for its Island Ale, according to the marketing...

  • Coast Guard looks to step up recruitment amid pandemic constraints

    Michael S. Lockett, Juneau Empire|Feb 16, 2022

    Closed schools and mitigation protocols have complicated recruitment for the U.S. Coast Guard over the two years of the pandemic, officers said. “We are definitely, in comparison to pre-COVID numbers, we are not doing as well,” said Cmdr. Andrea Smith, executive officer of nationwide Coast Guard Recruiting Command. “Meeting a Coastie is still the best recruiting tool for us, and that is increasingly difficult because of the pandemic,” Smith said in a phone interview. The problem is exacerbated in Alaska, said Chief Petty Officer Colin Rankin,...

  • Sealaska publishes children's book in Haida

    Michael S. Lockett, Capital City Weekly|Jul 15, 2021

    Sealaska Heritage Institute has released the first children's book in the Haida language Xaad Kil through its Baby Raven Reads program. "Nang Jaadaa Sgaana 'Laanaa aa Isdaayaan," or "The Woman Carried Away by Killer Whales," is a story carried down through generations orally and published through the work of a team of artists and linguists. "It's the first book I ever illustrated, and now it's the first children's book in the Haida language," said Haida illustrator Janine Gibbons. "I had to...