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Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO - Juneau

Jeremy Hsieh is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

Rare thunderstorms move through Southeast Alaska

Rare thunderstorms move through Southeast Alaska

Rare thunderstorms in Southeast Alaska led the National Weather Service to issue a special marine warning Monday evening. The warning covered a swath of Southeast, roughly from Juneau to the southern tip of Prince of Wales Island.

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May 19, 2015
Out of the ashes: a downtown eyesore is transformed

Out of the ashes: a downtown eyesore is transformed

In 2004, an awning patch-job went bad and led to a fire that razed a historic commercial building in the heart of downtown Juneau, where the grand opening of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Building will happen Friday.

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May 14, 2015
Alaska lawmakers’ Capital City plans still unclear

Alaska lawmakers’ Capital City plans still unclear

Alaska lawmakers are due back in Juneau on Tuesday, but who actually comes and how long they stay is unclear.

May 8, 2015

Epidemiologists Confirm First Case Of PSP In 2015

State epidemiologists have confirmed the first case of paralytic shellfish poisoning in Alaska this year.

May 4, 2015
Joyce Kerttula stands behind Gov. Bill Egan as he signs a bill by Rep. Jay Kerttula, holding his daughter Anna. Beth Kerttula is standing beside the governor. (Uncredited photo via Alaska House Democrats)

Joyce Kerttula Dies At 91

Joyce Kerttula died Monday at age 91 after a long fight with lymphoma, but not before helping two generations of Kerttulas rise to political power in the state.

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February 3, 2015
The Alaska state capitol building in downtown Juneau. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Chugiak Lawmaker Proposes Legislature Move

Sen.-elect Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, plans to introduce a bill to move the Alaska Legislature to Anchorage. Stoltze isn’t proposing a full-on capital move. Instead, KTUU reports that the bulk of state government would remain in Juneau and legislative sessions would be held at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.

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January 8, 2015
Pick. Click. Give. Donations Up, Number Of Donors Taper

Pick. Click. Give. Donations Up, Number Of Donors Taper

Annual giving in the Pick. Click. Give. program has grown robustly since its 2009 launch, though the total number of donors appears to be tapering off.

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January 6, 2015

Juneau Assembly Committee: Scale Back Senior Sales Tax Exemption

A package of sales tax recommendations that could take a big bite out of the city’s anticipated $7.2 million budget deficit is headed for public hearing.

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December 23, 2014

Walker To Be Sworn in Monday

Gov.-elect Bill Walker and Lt. Gov.-elect Byron Mallott will be sworn into office Monday morning at Juneau’s Centennial Hall. The public inauguration ceremony begins at 11:30 and is expected to last about an hour. There will be seating available in the main ballroom for nearly a 1,000 people.

November 28, 2014
Michele Elfers listens as Wastewater Utility Superintendent Samantha Stoughtenger describes options for processing and disposing of biosolids at a Juneau Assembly Committee of the Whole meeting Monday. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

City engineer: No Good News On Juneau’s Sewage Sludge Disposal

The way the City and Borough of Juneau disposes of its sewage sludge isn’t sustainable, and the long-term solution consultants are recommending will be expensive.

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October 28, 2014
A few dozen people participated in a rally the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council organized outside Centennial Hall. They were supporting ferries and opposing an extension of the Juneau’s main road. (Photo by Jennifer Canfield/KTOO)

Cost, Avalanche Danger High On Juneau Access Opponents’ Concerns

At a public hearing Tuesday night in Juneau, locals spoke out nearly 4-1 against transportation officials’ effort to extend the capital city’s main road 48 miles farther north.

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October 15, 2014
Signs mark the end of Juneau’s Glacier Highway in 2013. The latest environmental impact statement maintains a preference to extend the road 47 miles north along the east side of Lynn Canal to a new ferry terminal. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

DOT Puts Out New Juneau Access Project Document

DOT puts out new Juneau Access Project document

Thursday, the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities put out a draft document that addresses environmental issues stemming from the battle to extend Juneau’s only highway north toward Haines and Skagway.

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September 18, 2014
Aerial view of Tongass National Forest. (Creative Commons Photo by Alan Wu)

The Tongass Tightrope: Balancing Diverse Interests By Committee

For three days last week, a few dozen people holed up in a Travelodge conference room in Juneau. There was coffee and donuts, PowerPoint presentations and an easel with big sheets of scratch paper. It was the second in a series of meeting that the Tongass Advisory Committee has leading up to its May deadline to produce its recommendations.

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September 15, 2014
Can The Tongass Support Sustainable Logging?

Can The Tongass Support Sustainable Logging?

A regional committee tasked with advising the National Forest Service on how to manage logging in the Tongass began three days of meetings in Juneau Wednesday.

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September 10, 2014
Dems’ Gubernatorial Nominee Makes Juneau Campaign Stop

Dems’ Gubernatorial Nominee Makes Juneau Campaign Stop

About 60 people attended a rainy campaign rally on the steps of the Capitol building for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott on Sunday.

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August 25, 2014
Touring by Tesla: From The Mexico Border to Fairbanks

Touring by Tesla: From The Mexico Border to Fairbanks

Guy Hall is an electric car evangelist. He drove from the California-Mexico border to Fairbanks in a Tesla Model S, and stopped by KTOO in Juneau to let a reporter take his wheels for a spin.

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August 21, 2014
Indian Village totem poles come down In Juneau

Indian Village totem poles come down In Juneau

The two totem poles that stood for 36 years in Juneau’s old Indian Village have been hauled off. A work crew with a 12-ton boom truck pulled the delicate poles and hauled them to a warehouse Tuesday. They had deteriorated badly over the years, but were taken away more or less intact.

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August 20, 2014
With Capitol renovations on schedule, contractors get more work

With Capitol renovations on schedule, contractors get more work

The Alaska Legislative Council approved an additional $650,000 to its $5.8 million Capitol building renovation contract on Thursday. Demolition of the north wall of the west wing of the Capitol will proceed this fall, instead of in 2015. The updated contract won’t change the overall scope of the renovations in Juneau.

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August 8, 2014

Why the FAA is Paying for New Hiking Trails In Juneau

The Southeast Alaska Land Trust plans to donate about 128 acres of land to the City and Borough of Juneau this fall for preservation and natural recreation. The deal is technically an airport project—most of the money the land trust used to get the land in the first place traces back to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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August 7, 2014
Haida carver T.J. Young carves fine details into an Eagle totem pole in progress. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

New Eagle and Raven Totem Poles to Rise This Month

Haida carving brothers Joe and T.J. Young are back in Juneau to finish a pair of Eagle and Raven totem poles.

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August 4, 2014