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Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau

Casey Kelly is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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
The Coral Princess Cruise ship prepares to dock in Juneau. Photo by Heather Bryant, KTOO - Juneau.

Juneau Assembly Unanimously Confirms Support For Project Labor Agreements

The Juneau Assembly wants the city’s Docks and Harbors Department to reconsider its decision not to use a Project Labor Agreement for a major rebuild of the city’s downtown cruise ship docks scheduled to get underway next year.

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October 16, 2013

Officials Say White Powder At State Office Building Non-Hazardous

Officials now say there was no threat from a suspicious white powder found in a package at the State Office Building in Juneau on Friday. The incident prompted the building to be evacuated shortly after 10 o’ clock this morning.

October 11, 2013
A recent agreement between the company that owns the Niblack mining project and the state-owned Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority could help with project financing. Niblack is currently in the exploration phase, but could move into the permitting stage better financing. Photo Courtesy Heatherdale Resources, LTD.

AIDEA Signs Agreement To Support Niblack Project

The owner of the Niblack mining project on Prince of Wales Island continues to explore the possibility of a minerals processing plant on Gravina Island near Ketchikan.

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October 9, 2013
Tlingit & Haida Housing Authority, CCS To Expand Senior Services In Rural Southeast

Tlingit & Haida Housing Authority, CCS To Expand Senior Services In Rural Southeast

Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority and Catholic Community Serviceon Monday announced the expansion of a program that helps senior citizens live independently in Southeast Alaska.

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October 8, 2013
A consultant’s drawing of Juneau’s proposed floating cruise ship docks. Image courtesy CBJ Docks and Harbors Department.

Unions Criticize Lack Of Pre-Hire Labor Agreement For Juneau Dock Project

Juneau labor unions are criticizing a recent CBJ Docks and Harbors Department decision to bid a contract for two new floating cruise ship berths without a Project Labor Agreement.

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October 3, 2013

Troll Leads Peters In Juneau’s Only Contested Municipal Election Race

In Juneau, there was really only one race to pay attention to on Election Day. Out of three Assembly seats and two School Board seats on the ballot, only one was contested.

October 2, 2013

Bear Mauls Man in Hoonah

A 58-year-old Hoonah man mauled by a brown bear Wednesday night has been medevac’d to Sitka with non-life threatening injuries.

September 26, 2013
A young victim gets his leg “broken.” (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Juneau Airport Officials Practice On Fake Airplane Crash

An Alaska Airlines jet with 64 people onboard simulated what would happen if a plane crashed on approach to Juneau International Airport. The event took place on Saturday. Everyone on the plane survived and many ate lunch with the emergency responders who came to rescue them. The fake crash was part of a live drill, involving airport officials, first responders, and nearly 75 volunteer victims.

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September 19, 2013
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