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Jennifer Canfield, KTOO - Juneau

Jennifer Canfield is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

‘Our Voices Will Be Heard’ brings child sexual abuse saga to stage

‘Our Voices Will Be Heard’ brings child sexual abuse saga to stage

Set in a fictional Tlingit village in the late 19th century, “Our Voices Will Be Heard” is Vera Starbard’s semi-autobiographical story of a mother whose daughter is sexually abused by a relative. The show premiered Friday at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau and will play in Anchorage in February. Download Audio
January 21, 2016
Missing woman’s husband charged with murder

Missing woman’s husband charged with murder

The husband of the former Juneau woman who went missing on New Year’s Day has been charged with murder, according to the Anchorage Police Department.
January 21, 2016
Injuries found on Juneau mayor's body

Injuries found on Juneau mayor’s body

Juneau Police Department communications manager Erann Kalwara confirmed that injuries were discovered on Mayor Greg Fisk’s body. She couldn’t share the details about the nature of the injuries. Download Audio
December 1, 2015
Juneau police confirm Mayor Greg Fisk found dead at home

Juneau police confirm Mayor Greg Fisk found dead at home

Juneau’s newly elected mayor was found dead in his home Monday afternoon. Greg Fisk was 70-years-old.
December 1, 2015
Juneau mayor found dead in home

Juneau mayor found dead in home

Juneau police have confirmed that Mayor Greg Fisk was found dead at his home on Monday afternoon.
November 30, 2015
Family remembers man who died at AFN

Family remembers man who died at AFN

Anthony Choquette’s brother-in-law said the family did everything they could to help him before he committed suicide last month at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage. Download Audio
November 23, 2015

Subsistence fishing case may set legal precedent on other limits

Charges against three Southeast subsistence fishermen — including former Sen. Albert Kookesh — have once again been dismissed. Download Audio
November 20, 2015
Family remembers man who died at AFN

Family remembers man who died at AFN

Anthony Choquette’s brother-in-law said the family did everything they could to help him before he committed suicide last month at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage. Download Audio
November 16, 2015
Wasilla lawmaker: Keep education spending in check, cut rural schools

Wasilla lawmaker: Keep education spending in check, cut rural schools

It started as a rumor. Democratic lawmakers and some education advocates have heard about it. That there are new ideas for changing how the state pays for education isn’t a surprise. That this cost-saving proposal could close 60 schools across the state is. Download Audio
October 26, 2015
The Dena’ina Convention Center concourse. (Photo illustration by Jennifer Canfield/KTOO)

AK: Reflecting on an unexpected tragedy

Thousands travel from around the state to attend the Elders and Youth conference and the Alaska Federation of Natives convention every year. The week is considered by many as one of celebration — this year was different. Download Audio
October 23, 2015
Wasilla lawmaker: Keep education spending in check, cut rural schools

Wasilla lawmaker: Keep education spending in check, cut rural schools

It started as a rumor. Democratic lawmakers and some education advocates have heard about it. That there are new ideas for changing how the state pays for education isn’t a surprise. That this cost-saving proposal could close 60 schools across the state is. Download Audio
October 23, 2015
Women’s legal rights handbook gets update, publishes online

Women’s legal rights handbook gets update, publishes online

The Alaska Women’s Legal Rights handbook was first published more than 30 years ago. The latest edition, which was released last month, is 240 pages long and includes information on victim’s rights, employment, reproductive rights, safety planning and more. Download Audio
October 21, 2015

Death jolts final hour of AFN convention

A man committed suicide at the Dena'ina convention center during the final hour of the AFN annual convention on Saturday. Anthony Chouette, 49, climbed over the third floor railing and jumped to his death.
October 19, 2015
Utah housing expert who cut chronic homelessness 90% pitches Alaska solutions

Utah housing expert who cut chronic homelessness 90% pitches Alaska solutions

Gov. Bill Walker says he’d “love for Alaska to be the first state without homelessness.” With a little inspiration from the state of Utah, some are hopeful that could become reality. Download Audio
October 15, 2015
Walker convenes tribal advisory council

Walker convenes tribal advisory council

Gov. Bill Waker announced Wednesday the creation of an 11-member tribal advisory council. Download Audio
October 14, 2015
IndiGenius: Connecting conference attendees with craft, heritage

IndiGenius: Connecting conference attendees with craft, heritage

IndiGenius — a play on the word indigenous — is an offering of afternoon workshops at the First Alaskans Institute’s Elders and Youth Conference this week. Download Audio
October 14, 2015
Elders & Youth Conference kicks off in Anchorage

Elders & Youth Conference kicks off in Anchorage

The 32nd annual Elders and Youth conference begins today in Anchorage. Hundreds of Alaska Natives, young and old, will meet over the next two-and-a-half days to learn about and discuss a diverse set of issues. This year’s theme is “Not in our smokehouse!”
October 12, 2015
Federal agency launches website to help universities, colleges deal with campus violence

Federal agency launches website to help universities, colleges deal with campus violence

The Office on Violence Against Women this week launched a website aimed at helping colleges and universities deal with sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus. The office, which is in the U.S. Department of Justice, calls the site a “comprehensive online clearinghouse.” Download Audio
August 10, 2015

Attorney General Says Tribal Protection Orders Deserve Equal Recognition

Law enforcement must uphold tribal protection orders the same as it does state protective orders, regardless of whether the order has been registered with the state, the attorney general announced in an opinion issued Thursday. The AG also encouraged the legislature to amend Alaska law to bring it into compliance with the Violence Against Women Act. Download Audio
July 31, 2015
With Erin’s Law signed, bill sponsors see more work to be done

With Erin’s Law signed, bill sponsors see more work to be done

Gov. Bill Walker signed the Alaska Safe Children’s Act Thursday in Anchorage. The bill, also known as Erin’s Law, was controversial for some and stalled by a legislature that was at odds regarding the state’s fiscal situation. While the fight over Erin’s Law may be over, two lawmakers who worked on the bill say there is still more to be done.
July 10, 2015