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Casey Kelly is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

MK MacNaughton as Merry in the play “A Lifetime to Master,” about homelessness in Juneau. Playwright Merry Ellefson (background) interviewed nearly 60 people as research for the play. (Photo courtesy Flordelino Lagundino/Generator Theater Company)

New Play Explores Homelessness In Juneau

A local playwright has spent the past few years exploring the lives of Juneau’s homeless population and the people who work with them. The result is the new play “A Lifetime to Master,” which debuted this week.

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January 21, 2015
Besides man-made snow on Porcupine it’s been a pretty dismal year at Eaglecrest Ski Area so far. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Eaglecrest Suspends Lift Operations Due To Lack Of Snow

Juneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area is halting lift operations until it receives enough snow to open at least part of the upper mountain.

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January 20, 2015
Mendenhall Glacier. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Forest Service Proposes Mendenhall Glacier Fee Increase

The U.S. Forest Service is holding a public meeting tonight to discuss a proposed fee increase at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center starting with the 2016 tourist season.

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January 13, 2015
A University of Washington researcher says a strong desire to pass down traditional knowledge may be related to high levels of optimism that he’s found among homeless Alaska Native elders. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Early Study Shows Surprising Optimism Among Homeless Alaska Natives

A University of Washington professor has found high levels of optimism among homeless Alaska Native elders living in Seattle, and he’s connected the finding to a strong desire to pass on knowledge and experiences to future generations.

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January 8, 2015
Downtown Juneau. (Creative Commons photo by Lena LeRay)

Draft Juneau Economic Plan Released

A draft economic plan for the City and Borough of Juneau identifies eight key initiatives to guide the capital city’s financial future over the next decade. Most of those initiatives and the specific goals discussed in the plan have been city priorities for years.

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January 6, 2015
Mayor Merrill Sanford reads a speech recognizing JPD Officer Blaine Hatch for his recent award as Alaska Municipal League Employee of the Year. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)

Juneau Assembly Honors JPD’s “Rock Star”

The Juneau Assembly last night honored a city police officer who recently received a statewide award as the top local government employee in Alaska. Then for good measure, the Assembly recognized the entire Juneau Police Department.

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December 23, 2014
The Tulsequah mine sits above the Tulsequah River which flows into the Taku River.

Tulsequah Mine Study Outlines Taku River Barging

Chieftain Metals Corp. has released new details on its plan to barge supplies and minerals to and from the Tulsequah Chief Mine, up the Taku River south of Juneau.

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December 18, 2014
Mike Ricker is a long-term resident of the Glory Hole, Juneau’s nonprofit homeless shelter, which was damaged by a flood last weekend. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)

Juneau Homeless Shelter To Be Closed At Least A Month

Juneau’s nonprofit homeless shelter, the Glory Hole, will be closed at least a month after a burst water pipe caused major flood damage last weekend.

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December 3, 2014
The Glory Hole, Juneau’s emergency homeless shelter and soup kitchen, is temporarily closed due to a burst pipe and flood Sunday night. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)

Burst Water Pipe, Flood Temporarily Shut Down Juneau Homeless Shelter

The Glory Hole, Juneau’s emergency homeless shelter and soup kitchen, is temporarily out of commission following a burst water pipe and flood at the downtown facility Sunday evening.

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December 2, 2014
Kevin Jardell is entering his second legislative session as the City and Borough of Juneau’s lobbyist for state issues. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)

Lobbyist: State budget shortfall will affect Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau’s lobbyist for state issues says Alaska’s budget woes may lead to conversations during the upcoming legislative session about tapping the Alaska Permanent Fund.

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November 25, 2014
State Celebrates First Dr. Walter Soboleff Day

State Celebrates First Dr. Walter Soboleff Day

Today is the first Dr. Walter Soboleff Day in Alaska, and dozens of the late Tlingit leader’s friends and relatives marked the occasion with a parade through downtown Juneau.

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November 14, 2014

Tlingit Code Talkers Honored At Veterans Day Ceremony In Juneau

Southeast Alaska Native Veterans honored Tlingit code talkers at a Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday morning in Juneau. The families of five men who served during World War II received medals and Congressional certificates recognizing their service.

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November 11, 2014
Republican sign wavers at 10th Street and Egan Drive in Juneau try to get the attention of evening commuters on Election Day. Capital city voters broke toward Democratic candidates in Alaska’s Congressional races. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Analysis: Juneau voters break for Democrats, back initiatives

Juneau voters went against the national and statewide Republican trend Tuesday, backing Democratic candidates for Alaska’s Congressional seats. They also supported the three initiatives on the general election ballot by wide margins.

November 5, 2014
Juneau Rep. Cathy Muñoz celebrates her successful re-election bid with supporters on Election Night at Coho’s Bar and Grill in downtown Juneau. (Photo by Kayla Desroches/KTOO)

Juneau Lawmakers Egan, Muñoz and Kito Re-elected To Legislature

All three of the capital city’s state lawmakers handily won re-election Tuesday. Sen. Dennis Egan and Reps. Cathy Muñoz and Sam Kito III all got at least 60 percent of the votes counted in their respective races on Election Day.

November 5, 2014

Housing Conference Gets Underway Monday

Two of the country’s foremost experts in the fight against chronic homelessness highlight the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness annual conference, which gets underway Monday in Juneau.

September 26, 2014
The ferry LeConte docks in Skagway in 2009. (J Webber/Creative Commons)

State Ferry Union Averts Strike

Alaska Marine Highway System captains and deck officers have avoided a strike that could have shut down ferry service across the state this weekend.

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August 29, 2014
Celebrating Recovery From Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Celebrating Recovery From Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Alcohol and drug abuse cost Alaska’s economy more than $1 billion every year. Shame and stigma can make it difficult to get help for substance abuse. But a group of Juneau residents is out to change that. They organized last weekend’s Recovery Fest to celebrate those seeking to overcome addiction.

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August 27, 2014
The Black Bear Apartments in the Mendenhall Valley is one of two youth transitional living complexes operated by Juneau Youth Services. (Photo by Sarah Yu/360 North)

Juneau Youth Services Offers Housing For At-Risk Teens, Young Adults

Homeless youth in Juneau don’t have a lot of options when it comes to housing, especially if they’re on their own. The lucky ones stay with family or friends. Many of them couch surf or go camping when the weather’s nice.

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August 18, 2014

Sealaska Plans To Bring Investment Back Home

New Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott says part of the Juneau-based regional Native corporation’s strategy for reversing recent losses will be to do business closer to home. Mallott told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on Thursday that Sealaska wants to provide economic opportunities and jobs for its nearly 22,000 shareholders. Most live in Southeast and the Pacific Northwest.

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August 15, 2014

Marine Highway Contract Rejected

The licensed captains and officers who navigate Alaska Marine Highway System vessels have rejected a tentative contract agreement with the state.

August 14, 2014