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Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau

Casey Kelly is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

Southeast Housing Project Targeting Rural, Native Communities

What kind of housing will Southeast Alaska communities need in the future?

Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority is looking to answer that question with a housing needs assessment due out in September. The nonprofit says it will use the study to secure funds for housing projects, including some targeting rural and Native communities.

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July 8, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Report Highlights ‘Severe Shortcomings’ In State’s Housing Stock

The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. on Tuesday released a report that highlights “severe shortcomings” in the state’s housing stock when it comes to things like cost, energy efficiency and overcrowding.

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June 26, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Legislation Transfers $3 Billion From State Savings To Public Employee Pension Systems

Surrounded by dozens of public employees in the atrium of Juneau’s State Office Building, Gov. Sean Parnell today signed legislation transferring $3 billion from state savings into Alaska’s public employee pension systems.

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June 23, 2014 - 5:09 pm
The M/V Chenega undergoes repairs in drydock at the Ketchikan Shipyard earlier this year. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

State, IBU Reach Tentative Agreement On New Contract

The largest labor union representing Alaska Marine Highway System workers has a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract with the state. The Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific and the Alaska Department of Administration reached the agreement last week after more than six months at the bargaining table.

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June 17, 2014 - 5:16 pm
Rear Adm. Tom Ostebo inspects the District 17 crew with Rear Adm. Dan Abel. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

New Coast Guard District 17 Commander Brings Arctic Experience

With the buoy tender Sycamore as a backdrop and Coast Guardsmen and women in their dress blues, Rear Adm. Tom Ostebo turned over Coast Guard District 17 command to Rear Adm. Dan Abel on Thursday.

June 16, 2014 - 11:49 am
Coast Guard Sector Juneau Gets New Leadership

Coast Guard Sector Juneau Gets New Leadership

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau has a new commanding officer. Capt. Shannan Greene took over for Capt. Scott Bornemann in a ceremony Friday at Centennial Hall.

June 9, 2014 - 10:05 am
Reporter Bob Tkacz interviews U.S. Sen. Mark Begich following the senator’s annual address to the Alaska Legislature, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Alaska Journalist Bob Tkacz Found Dead

Veteran Alaska journalist Bob Tkacz has died. He was 61. With his gravelly voice and dogged interviewing style, Tkacz was a fixture in the state capital press corps for more than 20 years.

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May 30, 2014 - 4:10 pm
Alaska Journalist Bob Tkacz Found Dead

Alaska Journalist Bob Tkacz Found Dead

Longtime Alaska freelance journalist Bob Tkacz has died. He was 61. Juneau police say they responded to a report of a death at Tkacz’s downtown office Tuesday morning and found his body. The death is not considered suspicious.

May 29, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Yaakoosgé Daakahídi Alternative High School Graduate Profile

High school graduation is an accomplishment worth celebrating for all students. But for some the achievement is that much sweeter, because of the obstacles they had to overcome. KTOO profiles profiles a graduate of Juneau’s Yaakoosgé Daakahídi Alternative High School, who has been living on her own for about a year.

May 27, 2014 - 6:01 pm

Juneau Considers Solutions To Housing Shortage

City officials are hoping to address Juneau’s longstanding housing shortage by opening more public land to development.

The Juneau Planning Commission recently recommended about 150 acres of city-owned land on Pederson Hill be rezoned to allow a residential neighborhood to be built. The idea is to copy the early 20th century-style subdivisions of downtown Juneau and Douglas. But not everybody is happy about the proposal.

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May 5, 2014 - 5:53 pm
Juneau-based Alaskan Brewing Co. is now selling its flagship Amber Ale and its Freeride American Pale Ale in 12 ounce cans. Initially they’ll be available only in Alaska. (Photo by Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau)

Alaskan Brewing Co. Now Selling Beer In Cans

Alaskan Brewing Co. is entering the growing canned microbrew market. Starting Monday, the Juneau-based beer maker will sell its flagship Amber Ale and its Freeride American Pale Ale in 12-ounce cans. In recent years, consumers have become more accepting of craft beer in cans. But is it as good as bottles?

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April 28, 2014 - 11:58 am
In the Senate gallery, an emotional Rep. Charisse Millett holds hands with Liz Medicine Crow while Senators debate the fate of the bill. The legislation, which passed moments later, makes 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages alongside English. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Alaska Becomes The Second State To Officially Recognize Indigenous Languages

Supporters of a bill to make 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages organized a 15 hour sit-in protest at the Capitol on Sunday. Their dedication paid off early this morning, when the measure passed the Alaska Senate on an 18-2 vote.

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April 21, 2014 - 12:33 pm

State House Approves Alaska Native Language Bill

The Alaska House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would symbolically recognize 20 Alaska Native languages as official state languages. House Bill 216 passed on a 38-0 vote. With less than a week to go in this year’s legislative session, the Senate State Affairs Committee will hear the bill tomorrow.

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April 16, 2014 - 5:48 pm
Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (in suit coat and blue shirt) and supporters of House Bill 216 gather in a Capitol hallway for a group photo to celebrate passage of the bill through the House State Affairs Committee. The bill would symbolically make 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages alongside English. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Alaska Native Languages Bill Clears Final House Committee

A bill that would symbolically make 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages is heading to the House floor for a vote.

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April 1, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Bills Addressing Alaska Native Issues Get Mixed Reception

Two bills dealing with Alaska Native issues got different receptions from members of the Legislature on Thursday.

At least three House lawmakers were skeptical of a bill that would make 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages. About an hour later, they joined the rest of their House colleagues in voting unanimously for a bill honoring the late Rev. Walter Soboleff.

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March 31, 2014 - 5:40 pm
The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. will be the site of an American Indian Veterans Memorial. A resolution supporting the memorial cleared an Alaska Senate committee on Tuesday.  Photo by cayusa, Flickr Creative Commons.

Alaska Senate Committee Supports Native American Veterans Memorial

The Alaska Legislature could join the chorus of voices calling for an American Indian Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. An Alaska Senate committee on Tuesday passed a resolution supporting the project.

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March 12, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Municipal League Supports Pension Infusion Plan

Alaska’s mayors and other local officials are worried their governments may be asked to pay more toward public employees’ retirement. The lobbying group Alaska Municipal League is backing Governor Sean Parnell’s proposal to use $3 billion in savings to reduce an estimated $12 billion shortfall in state pension funds.

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February 21, 2014 - 4:50 pm
Walter Soboleff: ‘He Fed The Spirit Of People From Many Walks Of Life’

Walter Soboleff: ‘He Fed The Spirit Of People From Many Walks Of Life’

A bill to establish Walter Soboleff Day in Alaska cleared a state House committee on Thursday, after lawmakers on the panel heard heartfelt testimony from the late Tlingit elder’s friends and family. The bill does not have any more committee stops before a vote on the House floor.

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February 20, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Juneau Childcare Workers See Higher Wages

Juneau childcare workers are getting paid more and staying in their jobs longer than they were just a few years ago. That’s according to an organization that runs a pilot program designed to improve access to childcare in the Capital City.

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February 19, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Save Our Schools Rallying Cry Heard On Capitol Steps

Holding signs saying “Kids! Not Cuts” and “Vouchers Hurt Public Schools,” about 200 people packed the Alaska Capitol steps for a “Save our Schools” rally yesterday afternoon.

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February 18, 2014 - 5:48 pm