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Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau

Casey Kelly is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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

‘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