Getting To & Around Juneau
By Air

Miles and Miles of Trails
With more than 250 miles of trails, many within minutes of downtown, Juneau is the place to literally "take a hike." Trails range from being fairly flat and wide and accessible by wheelchairs and strollers to strenuous uphill paths for serious hikers. Although the weather can be a challenge, the trails around Juneau provide a window into the rugged rain forests in Southeast Alaska.

Welcome to Bear Country
Juneau is in the heart of rich bear habitat. Its estuaries, avalanche chutes and salmon streams provide brown and black bears with high-quality foods.

What's the secret to catching fish in Alaska?
When you're in the world's greatest fishing country, it's tempting to expect huge fish everywhere, all the time. But Alaskan salmon are migratory species with very specific peak seasons.

Roughing It

Common Questions
Q: How can you spot an Alaskan?

Annual Events
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Explore Juneau
There's nothing like a good map to get you oriented to a community. Grab a Juneau map at the airport, Marine Park visitor information kiosk, cruise ship terminal, Auke Bay ferry terminal, or the visitor information center located in Centennial Hall. The Juneau-Douglas City Museum also has a comprehensive map of historic downtown. Watch for the blue three-sided historic signposts through

Fun Facts

Local Lingo
The Bridge: "The Bridge" is the one downtown that crosses the Gastineau Channel to Douglas. Technically, it's called the Juneau-Douglas Bridge.

A Golden History
A first rush of about 40 miners brought trading posts, saloons and missionaries. Within a year, the tent camp became a small town, the first founded after Alaska's purchase from Russia.

Winter Excitement
Insiders have known for years that skiing and snowboarding in Juneau is special. The diverse terrain and snow conditions will challenge everyone from the first timer to the expert thrill seeker.

Unpack & Stay Awhile
Juneau is a world-class cruise port, but it is also a great place to park yourself for few days and really get to know the place and the people. Here are a few ideas on how to fill up several days and get an unforgettable Alaska experience in return.

Native Heritage
Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people have lived in Southeast Alaska for thousands of years, but Tlingits are the most numerous of the three in Juneau and the northern panhandle.

Arts, Shopping & Dining

Glaciers To The Max
North America's fifth largest icefield sits in Juneau's backyard, stretching across a 1,500-square-mile area that straddles the boundary between Alaska and Canada.

Bird Watcher's Paradise
Southeast Alaska's rain forest is alive with the chirps and trills of more than 300 species of birds that flutter along the flyways of the state's panhandle. More than 280 species nest in Juneau. The best month to observe nesting birds is June, also the best time for listening for their songs.

Humpback Whales

Gaining a Voice
A perfect combination of candidates and timing has made Alaska a player in presidential politics like never before.

Enrollment in schools continues to decrease
Public school enrollment in the Juneau School District continued to slide for the fifth consecutive year to reach the lowest student population since 1990, according to a recently released tally compiled by a state agency.

Groups want more details on hoverbarges
Redfern Resources Ltd. has offered new information on the hoverbarge it wants to use on the Taku River for the Tulsequah Chief Mine.

Juneau 'superdelegate' receives a personal call from Bill Clinton
When former President Bill Clinton called the Alaska Public Employees Association on Jan. 19, he was looking for Juneau resident Cindy Spanyers. Instead he got a receptionist who didn't believe the guy with the Arkansas accent was really the two-term president.

A Ripple of Peace
Juneau resident Libia Jones has felt the violence that's shaken South America.

New commercial dock nears final approval from city
After eight years of work, the Juneau Docks and Harbors Board voted Thursday to award a $7 million contract to Trucano Construction to build a new Auke Bay loading dock complex for commercial fishing and transportation.

Children flock to arts celebration
"Pull towards your belly button," Hillary Buck told children as they attempted to shape a lump of clay she placed on a wheel Saturday during the Community Arts Celebration.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Clyde Waldrip
Juneau resident Clyde Anderson Waldrip died Jan. 29, 2008, at Bartlett Regional Hospital, after an extensive battle with Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's. He was 84.

Walter Ormasen
Walter Anson Ormasen, 81, died peacefully in his sleep Dec. 30, 2007. He was fit and active to the end. His portrait in "Between Friends," a Canadian coffee table book published in honor of the United States bicentennial in 1976, could have been taken last year, friends said.

My turn: Redfern not trying to shut out the public at Monday meeting
Many recent letters about Redfern Resources' Tulsequah Chief Mine Project have expressed concerns, some unfounded but understandable, about our proposed transportation plan. I'd like to clarify the facts and invite everyone to a public meeting Monday at Centennial Hall from 7 to 9:30 p.m. to learn firsthand what we are proposing, what benefits our operations will bring to Juneau, and to have the opportunity to ask questions.

Empire editorial: Republicans should support John McCain
To read the Juneau Empire's stand on Democratic presidential candidates, published Friday, please go to the opinion section at

Check out Activote election coverage
The Empire has added a potent, powerful, innovative new feature to its Web site for all you political junkies who can't get enough of your daily habit from CNN, MSN, talk radio, blog sites and other sources. It's also a cool tool for those of us who see politics as less than a life-and-death proposition, at least on a daily basis.

Alaska is entitled
A few years ago, 131 earmarks in the federal budget for Alaska caused a national fuss because of Ketchikan's and Anchorage's so-called bridges to nowhere.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Nome beckons Bicknell
Juneau resident Deborah Bicknell is not your average 62-year-old woman. While many sexagenarians are pursuing their Alaska adventures aboard cruise ships or RVs, Bicknell is living her dream as a competitive sled dog racer.

Climbers relish new ice from thaw-freeze alternation
ANCHORAGE - Joe Stock knows all too well the dangers of climbing ice when it's too warm out. During a climbing trip many years ago, the day warmed up to the 40s and a chunk of ice fell away from the ice face, breaking his leg.

Upgrades would make hatchery near Anchorage a world-class facility
ANCHORAGE - There are days in the summer when a tour bus - sometimes two - will drop off upward of 200 visitors to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Elmendorf Hatchery, a four-man operation that is in charge of rearing the bulk of Anchorage's salmon population on a small parcel of land off Post Road and Reeve Boulevard.

Feds to join appeal on tailings decision
JUNEAU - The federal agency in charge of Coeur Alaska's tailings permit for the Kensington gold mine will join in an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court asking to have permits for a previous tailings plan reinstated.

Man plowing driveway struck on highway
JUNEAU - A man plowing his driveway with an all-terrain vehicle near Glacier Highway and Lena Point on Friday suffered injuries when the ATV was struck by an SUV.

Heavy snow warning in effect today
JUNEAU - As many as 16 inches of snow were predicted to fall in the Juneau area between Saturday night and today, according to the National Weather Service.

DeHarts Boat Yard to switch hands
JUNEAU - The Juneau Docks and Harbors Board on Thursday picked Juneau Marine Services to take over DeHarts boat yard lease.

370,000 apply for PFD direct deposit
JUNEAU - About 370,000 Alaskans applied online last month for their share of the state's oil wealth, officials said.

Body found in debris near Delta Junction
FAIRBANKS - The state medical examiner will try to identify a body found in a burned home near Delta Junction.

Palin replaces two on Board of Game
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sarah Palin has appointed a former president of the Alaska Outdoors Council to the state Board of Game.

Oil thieves strike in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan police are warning residents to be on the lookout for thieves targeting stove oil.

JDHS girls split with Kayhi
It's been more than a five-year wait, but the Ketchikan High School girls basketball team finally got the best of its Southeast Conference rivals.

Juneau-Douglas boys split on the road
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team learned from its errors Saturday to secure a key split in Ketchikan.


Pebble Mine questions state Habitat Division move
The Pebble Mine's would-be developers are concerned about the state Habitat Division's current home in the Department of Natural Resources, according to a letter they wrote to Gov. Sarah Palin.

Lawmakers mull rolling back some oil tax increases
JUNEAU - Lawmakers started discussions on stripping key provisions from an oil tax increase and returning more than $800 million to the North Slope producers - just hours after one major producer posted record profits.

Coast Guard searches for missing hot-air balloonist
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Coast Guard was continuing its search Saturday for a Japanese hot-air balloonist who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean south of the Aleutian Islands.

Judge says Fairbanks diocese liable in layman's sex abuse case
FAIRBANKS - A Superior Court judge has ruled against the Fairbanks Catholic diocese in the case of now-deceased lay volunteer Joseph Lundowski, who was accused in the sexual abuse of scores of western Alaska children.

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