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Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau

Casey Kelly is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

Supporters Cheer Alaska Native Language Bill

The Barnes Committee Room at the Alaska Capitol erupted in cheers this morning, as a panel of lawmakers unanimously moved a bill that would make 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages.

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February 18, 2014 - 5:48 pm
New proposal surfaces to develop Juneau subport property

New proposal surfaces to develop Juneau subport property

Two local businessmen have come up with an early design concept for a prime piece of real estate in the Capital City. The so-called subport property, near the corner of Egan Dr. and Whittier St., has been vacant for more than a decade. The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority owns the bulk of the proposed development site. The question remains: Is the authority ready to let it go?

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February 13, 2014 - 5:04 pm
The winners of the 2013 Path to Prosperity contest (L-R) Steve Helgeson, Kevin Skeek, Sue Tyler, and Wes Tyler. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO.

Raven Guitars, Icy Straits Lumber Win First Path To Prosperity Contest

An acoustic guitar maker and a small saw mill are the winners of the inaugural Path to Prosperity contest. The business plan competition for Southeast Alaska entrepreneurs was sponsored by Haa Aanì, the community development arm of Sealaska Corporation, as well as the Nature Conservancy.

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February 11, 2014 - 4:38 pm
The final 2010 redistricting map for Southeast Alaska.

Are Alaska’s Legislative Districts Getting Too Big?

The chairman of the Alaska Redistricting Board says state residents need to have a conversation about the growing number of people who live in each legislative district.

January 24, 2014 - 12:30 pm
World Trade Center Alaska Executive Director Greg Wolf says China is now the largest importer of goods from Alaska. Photo by Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau.

Is Alaska’s Economy Grounded?

Alaska’s economy slowed in 2013. On Thursday, two economists offered different takes on what that means for this year at the World Trade Center Alaska‘s annual statewide economic forecast talk in Juneau.

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January 17, 2014 - 10:34 am
European Immunization Week. Photo courtesy Gates Foundation, Flickr Creative Commons.

Alaska Health Officials Concerned About Measles Due To Philippine Outbreak

Alaska public health officials are keeping an eye out for cases of measles, especially in residents who travel to and from the Philippines. That country’s health department this week declared an outbreak of the disease in parts of Manila, the capital.

January 10, 2014 - 10:14 am
Kookesh To Step Down As Sealaska Board Chair

Kookesh To Step Down As Sealaska Board Chair

Albert Kookesh is stepping down as chairman of the board of directors for Sealaska, the regional Native Corporation for Southeast Alaska. The company also announced the deadline to apply for its president and CEO position, as Chris McNeil prepares to retire.

January 2, 2014 - 10:16 am

Thousands of Alaskans to Lose Unemployment Benefits Saturday

About 6,500 Alaskans will see their emergency unemployment benefits come to an end on Saturday, according to the state Department of Labor.

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December 27, 2013 - 4:08 pm
Appeals Court Reinstates Overfishing Charges Against Kookesh, Two Others

Appeals Court Reinstates Overfishing Charges Against Kookesh, Two Others

The Alaska Court of Appeals has reinstated over-fishing charges against former State Senator Albert Kookesh and two other men. In 2009, Kookesh and three others were fishing for sockeye salmon at Kanalku Bay near his hometown of Angoon. A state wildlife trooper observed them catching more salmon than allowed under their subsistence permits.

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December 27, 2013 - 4:05 pm

Selling A Small Business

A number of small businesses are for sale in Juneau right now. They’re all fairly successful and none have plans to close their doors, but due to life changes for their owners, they’re on the market. It’s part of the life cycle of a small business.

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December 24, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Experts Caution Against Breed-Specific Dog Laws

Juneau Animal Control only labels dogs as “dangerous” or “potentially dangerous” as a last resort. Two recent attacks have put the agency in the spotlight. Last week, an Animal Control official urged the Juneau Assembly not to adopt breed specific legislation in response to the attacks. An animal behavior expert says that’s the right idea.

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December 23, 2013 - 5:04 pm
Former Haines Rep. Thomas Files To Run For State Office In 2014

Former Haines Rep. Thomas Files To Run For State Office In 2014

Former Haines Representative Bill Thomas has filed a letter of intent to run for state office in 2014. Thomas filed late Friday. He did not indicate which office he will seek, but he is eligible to run for either House or Senate in districts representing Juneau. House District 33 includes downtown Juneau and Douglas Island, as well as Gustavus, Haines, and Skagway. It is part of Senate District Q.

December 23, 2013 - 10:07 am
Parnell Open To Funding Southeast Hydro

Parnell Open To Funding Southeast Hydro

Governor Sean Parnell’s recent budget proposal does not include any Southeast Alaska hydroprojects. But he says he still believes hydro is the solution to the region’s high energy costs.

December 20, 2013 - 10:09 am

5 Things To Know About The New Southeast Radiation Oncology Center

The new Southeast Radiation Oncology Center in Juneau celebrated its grand opening last week. The clinic near Bartlett Regional Hospital will treat cancer patients from Juneau and Southeast Alaska, who previously had to travel to Anchorage, Seattle or another large city to get radiation treatment.

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December 18, 2013 - 5:22 pm
Eva Malvich from Bethel’s Yupiit Piciryarait Museum takes a break from packing objects at the Alaska State Museum. Photo by Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau.

Putting The ‘State’ In Alaska State Museum

The Alaska State Museum in Juneau is getting a lot of help from other Alaska museums ahead of its move to a new facility in 2016. As the staff works to pack up the more than 32,000 artifacts in its collection, museum professionals from around the state are lending a hand, and learning what it takes to safely store and transport priceless historical objects.

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December 10, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Dog Attack Victim, Hero Recount Their Ordeal

Juneau Animal Control is investigating two recent dog attacks in the Capital City.

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December 9, 2013 - 5:41 pm
Juneau Issues First Winter Air Alert

Juneau Issues First Winter Air Alert

The City and Borough of Juneau has called the first air emergency of the winter. For residents of the Mendenhall Valley, that means wood stove burning is banned until the alert is lifted.

December 4, 2013 - 8:53 am
The panel held its discussion as part of the University of Alaska Southeast Evening At Egan Lecture Series. Photo by Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau.

Juneau Panel Aims To Deconstruct Racism In Alaska And Beyond

A group of Juneau residents are tackling the issue of racism head on. Their work started earlier this year, and sprang out of the trial of George Zimmerman for killing unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, as well as a series of local events that had been building up for years.

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November 25, 2013 - 4:37 pm
The Southeast Radiation Oncology Center is located on Salmon Creek Lane, near Bartlett Regional Hospital and the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium campus in Juneau. Photo by Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau.

Cancer Treatment In Juneau Finds Missing Component

Starting next month cancer patients in Juneau and Southeast Alaska won’t have far to travel for radiation treatment. The new Southeast Radiation Oncology Center opens December 12th in the Capital City. It’s the first radiation cancer treatment center in the region.

November 21, 2013 - 10:23 am
Worl Says Shamanism Still Influential in Tlingit Culture

Worl Says Shamanism Still Influential in Tlingit Culture

The Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska no longer practice shamanism, but elements of it still exist in their culture today.

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November 19, 2013 - 4:34 pm