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Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau

Casey Kelly is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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

Seismologists Uncertain if Southeast Quake Activity is Related

Several large earthquakes have hit Southeast Alaska recently. But State Seismologist Michael West with the Alaska Earthquake Information Center says it’s unclear whether the activity is related.

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July 28, 2014

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

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

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
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
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
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
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
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

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