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Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau

Casey Kelly is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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
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

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
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

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

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
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
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

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
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

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
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
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
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
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
Juneau Dock Bid Opening Delayed

Juneau Dock Bid Opening Delayed

The City and Borough of Juneau’s Docks and Harbors Department announced Friday evening that it will delay opening bids for a $54 million floating cruise ship berth project until the city is granted ownership of submerged tidelands by the State of Alaska. “The new bid opening date will be announced following the Final Finding and Decision of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to convey tidelands to the City & Borough of Juneau,” Uchytil said in a press release.

November 18, 2013

Alaska’s Filipino Community Plans Relief Efforts For Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Alaska’s Filipino community is pulling together to help the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the country early Friday morning.

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November 11, 2013
IBEW Local 1547 is one of the unions that participated in this week’s training on right-to-work laws. Photo by Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau.

Juneau Union Members Learn How To Talk About Right-To-Work

Nearly half of all states have right-to-work laws that prohibit contracts between employers and labor unions requiring workers to pay union dues. Alaska is not one of them. But with a Republican dominated legislature and executive branch, it is seen as a state where right-to-work legislation could pass. No bills have been introduced here since 2011, and the issue does not seem to be a priority for business or political groups.

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November 8, 2013
AEL&P headquarters in Lemon Creek. Photo by Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau.

AEL&P Parent Company Agrees To Merger With Spokane-Based Avista

The parent company of Juneau electric utility Alaska Electric Light & Power has agreed to merge with Spokane, Washington-based Avista Corporation.

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November 5, 2013
JEDC’s Eva Bornstein delivers the 2013 Juneau and Southeast Alaska Economic Indicators Report to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau.

JEDC Report: Juneau’s Economy Is On The Upswing

Employment is up, wages are up, and the private sector is growing. That’s according to the Juneau Economic Development Council’s latest economic indicators report, which paints a positive financial picture for the Capital City and the rest of Southeast Alaska.

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October 18, 2013