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Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO - Juneau

Jeremy Hsieh is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

National arts endowment leader explains why art is worth it

National arts endowment leader explains why art is worth it

The leader of the National Endowment for the Arts is in Alaska this week and made a stop at KTOO to talk about what she looks for in potential grantees.

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September 3, 2015
Juneau Assembly relaxes child care facility restrictions

Juneau Assembly relaxes child care facility restrictions

Attendance was thin at Monday’s Juneau Assembly meeting, but at least one parent and one prospective child care provider in the audience were elated.

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August 11, 2015
Suspected Capitol flag thieves caught on tape

Suspected Capitol flag thieves caught on tape

Three men were caught on tape who are suspected of breaking into the construction site at the state Capitol building, scaling the scaffolding and stealing flags off the roof.

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August 4, 2015
Juneau Assembly considers $1 million hit to Juneau seniors’ sales tax perk

Juneau Assembly considers $1 million hit to Juneau seniors’ sales tax perk

The Juneau Assembly advanced a series of policy changes Thursday that would leave lower-income seniors entirely exempt from paying city sales tax, while reducing wealthier seniors’ benefit. Several other sales tax proposals failed.

August 3, 2015
Legislative committee won’t take up Medicaid expansion Wednesday

Legislative committee won’t take up Medicaid expansion Wednesday

The Alaska Legislature’s committee with gatekeeping authority over expediting the governor’s Medicaid plans meets Wednesday, but does not intend to take up the welfare program’s expansion.

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July 20, 2015
Next state budget proposal will include revenue package

Next state budget proposal will include revenue package

The head of the governor’s budget team urged local leaders on Thursday to get involved in the discussion of the state’s precarious fiscal future.

July 17, 2015
Suspicious Duffel Bag at Federal Building Draws Juneau’s Bomb Squad

Suspicious Duffel Bag at Federal Building Draws Juneau’s Bomb Squad

A suspicious duffel bag left in the post office parking lot outside Juneau’s downtown Federal Building on Monday drew out the bomb squad. Police cordoned off the area, but the building wasn’t evacuated.

July 14, 2015
UA System presidential candidate promises to listen and share

UA System presidential candidate promises to listen and share

The candidate to be the state university system’s next president is meeting with students, faculty and community members around the state this week.

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July 9, 2015
Juneau Police Chief: Secondhand goods ordinance ‘extremely successful’

Juneau Police Chief: Secondhand goods ordinance ‘extremely successful’

The crime rate in Juneau went down in 2014, according to an annual report released by the local police department.

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June 24, 2015

Alaska Supreme Court Hears Juneau-Petersburg Boundary Beef

The state Supreme Court heard arguments in a local boundary case Wednesday morning that could redraw lines around a Delaware-sized chunk of Southeast Alaska. The contested land is almost completely uninhabited national forest – Juneau “estimated” the population at one – but with the land goes potential federal receipts, some property and sales tax revenue, and local authority.

June 17, 2015
Governor’s weekend retreat to look beyond the budget impasse

Governor’s weekend retreat to look beyond the budget impasse

Weekend plans for about 175 diverse and influential Alaskans include right-sizing state government, working with interactive financial models and frank talk about the third rail of Alaska politics — revenue, taxes and tapping the Permanent Fund.

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June 5, 2015

Mendenhall jökulhlaup forecast to peak just below flood levels

The National Weather Service in Juneau says a glacier dam release is causing high water levels in Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River. It’s the earliest glacier dam release from Suicide Basin on record by a month.

June 3, 2015
Court employees assigned two days unpaid leave

Court employees assigned two days unpaid leave

About 800 Alaska Court System employees will be forced to take two days unpaid leave around the holidays — a result of state budget cuts.

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June 2, 2015
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