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Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau

Casey Kelly is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

Photo by Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau.

AK: Football

It’s football season in Alaska. The sport continues to gain popularity in the 49th state, where the first official high school football championship game was played less than 25 years ago. But in Alaska and nationally concerns over football’s safety have grown, and more and more parents are refusing to let their children play youth football because of the risk of injury. Football officials at all levels have responded by trying to make the game safer.

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September 13, 2013

City, Borough of Juneau Keeping Track of Marketplace Fairness Act

Juneau officials are keeping an eye on legislation making its way through Congress that would allow states to collect sales tax on online purchases. The U.S. Senate this week voted 69-27 in favor of the Marketplace Fairness Act.

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May 9, 2013

Hundreds Gather In Juneau For Malaspina Tours

Hundreds of Juneau residents flocked to the downtown waterfront Saturday to celebrate two major components of Southeast Alaska’s economy – the Alaska Marine Highway System and the fishing industry.

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May 6, 2013
Juneau Reaches Out To Nearby Communities, Neighbor To Neighbor

Juneau Reaches Out To Nearby Communities, Neighbor To Neighbor

The borough assemblies from Haines, Skagway and Juneau will meet Friday afternoon in the Skagway Assembly Chambers for what’s being billed as “The Northern Lynn Canal Neighbors Summit.”

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April 25, 2013

Alice Rogoff Pushes For Changes In Arctic

The time has come to stop talking and start acting when it comes to changes in the Arctic. That was the message of a talk to the Juneau World Affairs Council this week by Alaska Dispatch owner and publisher Alice Rogoff. Next week she will be in Washington, D.C. with Iceland’s President to announce a new nonprofit designed to promote international cooperation on Arctic issues.

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April 12, 2013
A protester with the anti-abortion Center for Bioethical Reform sits in an on-street parking space. State vehicles were allegedly blocking the organization’s protest signs, which purport to show the graphic aftermath of an abortion. Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO.

State Vehicles Block Abortion Protesters in Front of the Capitol Building

Protesters with the anti-abortion Center for Bioethical Reform held up large signs across from the state capitol building in Juneau this week, depicting graphic images of aborted fetuses.

April 8, 2013

‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill Passes Alaska House

The Alaska House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a “Stand Your Ground” bill on a 33-5 vote. House Bill 24 expands what’s known as the “castle doctrine,” which allows people to use deadly force to protect their homes and businesses from intruders.

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March 20, 2013

Alaska Senate Set To Approve Anti-Genetically-Engineered Salmon Resolution

A resolution opposing genetically engineered salmon is likely to pass the Alaska Legislature this week. The so-called “Frankenfish” resolution cleared the Senate Resources Committee on Friday, its last stop before a vote on the Senate floor. The resolution unanimously passed the House about a month ago.

March 18, 2013

Alaska’s Capital City Changes With The Times

As the State of Alaska has grown, the Capital City of Juneau has adapted and grown along with it. Two former legislators on Tuesday discussed those changes and the challenges Juneau has faced over the years. The talk was part of the Alaska Legislature Centennial Commission program, which took place in the Capital City this week to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Alaska Legislature.

March 6, 2013

State Workers Rally As Union Leaders Negotiate New Cotnracts

About a hundred state workers held a rally outside the State Office Building in Juneau Thursday to show solidarity with union leaders negotiating new contracts.

March 5, 2013
The Gastineau Channel Historical Society presents a $5,000 check to organizers of the Empty Chair project in Juneau. On the far right are sisters Mary Tanaka Abo and Alice Tanaka Hikido, whose brother John inspired the proposed memorial to Juneau’s Japanese American internees. Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO.

Fundraiser Puts Juneau’s Empty Chair Project Near Goal

A proposed monument in Juneau to Japanese Americans interned during World War II got a big boost last weekend. The Gastineau Channel Historical Society donated $5,000 to the Empty Chair Project, and a fundraising concert raised nearly $2,000. Organizers have been collecting funds for about a year and need about $6,000 more to meet their $40,000 goal.

February 28, 2013

Children’s Author Jean Rogers Dies

Long-time Juneau resident Jean Rogers is being remembered as a loving mother, beloved children’s book author, and patron of the arts. Rogers died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 93.

February 22, 2013

Alaska House Passes Resolution Opposing Genetically Engineered Salmon

The Alaska House of Representatives has come out against genetically engineered salmon, or as critics call it, “Frankenfish.” Representatives unanimously approved House Joint Resolution 5 on Wednesday. It urges the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reconsider a preliminary finding that genetically modified fish would not significantly impact the environment. The resolution also urges the agency to require labeling for GM salmon, if the product is ultimately approved.

February 21, 2013

Alaskans Celebrate Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

Alaskans marked Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on Saturday, in honor of the Tlingit woman whose testimony to the Alaska Territorial Legislature helped pass the Anti-Discrimination Act in 1945. A small crowd gathered at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau to hear a talk from Barbara Cadiente-Nelson, a board member of Sealaska Native Corporation, the Douglas Indian Association, and a member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood.

February 18, 2013

Seeking Comprehensive Energy Solutions In Rural Southeast

It’s no secret that the high cost of energy in rural Alaska is a barrier to economic development and one of the primary reasons many residents are leaving village life behind. In some rural Southeast communities, electric bills are up to 275 percent higher than the national average, and some households spend as much as 50 percent of their income on home heating fuel.

February 12, 2013
USPS To Scale Back Hours At Douglas And Auke Bay Post Offices

USPS To Scale Back Hours At Douglas And Auke Bay Post Offices

The United States Postal Service will scale back hours at two Juneau post offices next month. Notices went up at the Douglas and Auke Bay post offices earlier this week. Starting March 4th, the Douglas station will only be open 1 to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays, and 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Auke Bay will be open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. That’s a reduction of three and half hours every weekday at Douglas, and an hour and a half at Auke Bay.

February 8, 2013
Clarence Jackson. Photo courtesy Sealaska Corporation.

Tlingit Elder Clarence Jackson Dies

Tlingit elder and original Sealaska Native Corporation board member Clarence Jackson passed away Thursday at the age of 78. He’s being remembered for his contributions to the Native land claims movement, and for being an ambassador for Tlingit culture in both the business world and his personal life.

February 1, 2013

Parnell Urges Mining Students To Follow Their Passions

More than 50 high school students taking an “Intro to Mining Occupations” course through the University of Alaska Southeast had quite the guest speaker on the first day of class Tuesday. Governor Sean Parnell urged them to follow their passions, whether they end up working in the mining industry or not.

January 23, 2013
Hazy Forecast For Alaska’s Economy

Hazy Forecast For Alaska’s Economy

Alaska’s economy weathered the Great Recession better than most states, and should hold steady for the foreseeable future. But depending on who you ask, there could be gloom on the horizon. World Trade Center Alaska brought its annual Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon to Juneau on Thursday, where two economists offered differing predictions for the state’s fiscal future.

January 18, 2013

Alaska Brewing Company Recycles Grain To Make ‘Green’ Beer

Most people only drink green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. But next time you tip a bottle of Amber, Pale or IPA from Juneau’s Alaskan Brewing Company that’s exactly what you’ll be drinking: Green beer, as in good for the environment.

January 17, 2013