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Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO - Juneau

Jeremy Hsieh is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

Gladi Kulp shows her senior tax exemption card at IGA. She says she normally doesn’t use it for small purchases, but her cashier knows her and prompted her for the card number. She saved about 85 cents this trip. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

As Budget Deficit Looms, Juneau Assembly Eyes Tax Breaks

With another year of multimillion dollar budget deficits on the horizon for the City and Borough of Juneau, an Assembly committee is reviewing the city’s 37 sales and property tax exemptions.

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July 30, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Memorial to WWII Internees Dedicated

After Pearl Harbor was attacked, Juneau’s Japanese population was forced from their homes and sent to internment camps in the Lower 48. Teenager John Tanaka was among those shipped out. He was the valedictorian of Juneau High School in 1942, but didn’t get to graduate with everyone else. An empty wooden chair was put on stage in his place. Now, a bronze replica of that chair will remain at the Capitol School Park permanently.

July 14, 2014 - 4:02 pm
Robert Rodman, owner of Percy’s Liquor Store, shows how an e-cigarette works. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

Should E-Cigarette Vapors Be Treated Like Tobacco Smoke?

The Juneau Assembly is considering a ban on e-cigarette vapors in nearly all indoor public spaces. The local chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence led the push at an Assembly Committee meeting Monday. Kristin Cox, a naturopathic doctor and the council’s tobacco prevention program coordinator, argued that the new tobacco alternative is being marketed to youths and misrepresented as harmless.

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June 24, 2014 - 4:47 pm
Garfield Katasse mixes his fry bread dough and shapes each piece by hand. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

AK: Fry Bread

Hot canola oil pangs off a stainless steel tub under the watch of a local fry bread master. Some people say it’s magic that turns a hand-stretched disc of dough into a puffy — but-not-too-puffy — piece of golden, delicious fry bread. Fry bread, that high calorie treat that can go savory or sweet, has generations of history in many Alaska Native families, where the untraditional food has become a cultural fixture.

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June 20, 2014 - 2:48 pm
Sarai Gould and Chelsea Green at a rally on the Stanford University campus raising awareness about sexual assault and supporting Leah Francis. Thursday, June 5, 2014. (Photo courtesy Sarai Gould.)

Indignant JDHS Alum Rallies Stanford Campus Around Rape Case

Until this week, Leah Francis was probably best known as an Alaska distance running champ from her days at Juneau-Douglas High School. That all changed after she went public saying she was forcibly raped by a fellow Stanford University undergraduate while in Juneau.

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June 6, 2014 - 4:02 pm
A ridge of crumbling masonry near the top of Alaska’s Capitol, April 3, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Legislature OKs $5.8 Million In Capitol Repairs

The legislature has approved $5.8 million in additional repairs and renovations to the Capitol building.

April 4, 2014 - 10:23 am
An otter covered with oil from the Exxon Valdez oil spill – ACE6 (Photo by ARLIS Reference)

Exxon Valdez Memories From Alaska’s Capitol Still Fresh 25 Years Later

It’s been 25 years since the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground, spilling hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil in Prince William Sound.

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March 24, 2014 - 5:17 pm
Juneau’s Alaskan Brewing Company is using an innovative boiler to save fuel and shipping costs. Photo courtesy of Alaska Brewing Company.

Alaskan Brewing Company Reacts To ‘Wastebook’ Listing

Republican Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn’s annual “Wastebook” released Tuesday purports to document cases of wasteful federal spending.

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December 19, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Juneau Highway Gunfight Followed Friday’s Drug-Related Shooting

Officials and court records have revealed new arrests and information in Friday’s shooting and bogus kidnapping in Juneau, now tying it to drugs and an early morning highway gunfight that no one had reported to police. The case involves heroin, which has become extremely profitable in the capitol city in the last few years.

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December 10, 2013 - 5:41 pm
Taku Lanes donated the pins. The lane was made out of a plastic drop cloth and duct tape. Photo by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO - Juneau.

Two Bucks For A Turkey Huck

David Brabaw is clutching a frozen, 8-pound turkey in a pair of as-seen-on-TV Ove Gloves. He’s got a bowler’s stance as he eyes the pins at the end of the lane over the bird’s rump. There’s a hush as bird strikes the pins, then an eruption of cheers as the pins settle, including an ecstatic, guttural “YEAH!” from Brabaw — he got a strike. Brabaw’s not at a rowdy bowling alley, but on the eighth floor of Juneau’s State Office Building. He was one of a handful of state workers turkey bowling on Wednesday during the lunch hour. That unmistakable sound of bowling pins getting knocked around echoed up several stories of the building.

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November 21, 2013 - 4:50 pm
The students crowd into the control room to review the Halloween show and go over problems. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/ KTOO)

AK: Live TV

Outside room 119 at Juneau-Douglas High School, a sheet of paper taped to the wall says, “FOG MACHINE IN USE.” It’s the Friday before Halloween, and the usually no-nonsense control room and JDTV News anchor desk is dressed with spider webs, skeletons, jack-o-lanterns, black lights, and strobes.

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November 8, 2013 - 6:03 pm
Renderings of custom, two-tone bike racks Juneau is buying that will double as public art.
Photo courtesy of Dero Bike Rack Co.

Soon, You’ll Be Able To Hitch Your Bike To A Rain Boot

Juneau is buying bike racks that double as public art with locally inspired motifs. The city is paying Minneapolis-based Dero Bike Rack Co. $20,883 for the custom order.

October 22, 2013 - 4:51 pm
The ‘Who’ And The ‘Why’ Of The Middle School Travel Ban

The ‘Who’ And The ‘Why’ Of The Middle School Travel Ban

Public opposition to a middle school sports travel ban adopted by the Juneau School Board last month continues to be one-sided, and the anonymity of the ban’s community supporters is breeding skeptics of the official explanation.

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October 14, 2013 - 5:22 pm
Katherine Dolma answers a question following a Supreme Court LIVE hearing at Barrow High School. Dolma and Nelson Kanuk, seated, are two of the six young plaintiffs in the case. Photo by Jeff Seifert, KBRW - Barrow.

Alaska’s High Court First Supreme Court In The Nation To Hear Climate Change Case

Alaska’s high court became the first state supreme court in the country yesterday to hear an appeal in one of more than a dozen climate change lawsuits. The lawsuits pit young people against their states. The plaintiffs claim the state has an obligation to protect the atmosphere from excessive carbon emissions.

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October 4, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Court OKs AML-Northland Services Shipping Merger

An Anchorage superior court judge has approved a deal allowing Lynden Inc. to buy out its shipping competitor, Northland Services.

October 3, 2013 - 12:04 pm
Nelson Kanuk at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in December 2012. Now a college freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kanuk is studying criminal justice. (Photo by Ed Ronco/ KCAW)

Can A College Freshman Force State Action On Climate Change?

In Barrow at the top of the world, receding sea ice is reshaping life. University of Alaska Fairbanks freshman Nelson Kanuk thinks the state is obligated to combat atmospheric climate change. He argues the atmosphere is a public trust to be preserved for future generations, like clean water or navigable waterways.

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October 1, 2013 - 5:27 pm

A Bear Walks Into A Bar…

Throwing out visitors who overstay their welcome is a common late night practice in downtown bars. But one guest last night was particularly unwelcome at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar.

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September 24, 2013 - 5:06 pm
(Composited from photos by @Doug88888 and Ion Botezatu via Flickr Creative Commons)

Why “Alaska” Means Milk And Basketball To Many Filipinos

When Filipinos hear “Alaska,” often the first two things that come to mind are milk and basketball.

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September 12, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Team Trying to Free Entangled Whale

The humpback whale that was tangled up in a gillnet near Petersburg earlier this week has made its way to Juneau waters. A National Marine Fisheries Service spokeswoman said a disentanglement team was out Wednesday observing the whale. On Friday, the three-person team was out trying to cut it free.

August 30, 2013 - 4:58 pm
Juneau-Raised Rope Jumper Attempts 3 World Records

Juneau-Raised Rope Jumper Attempts 3 World Records

Peter Nestler has been hooked on jumping rope since second grade, when he saw an exhibition at Glacier Valley Elementary School. In third grade, he joined the Juneau Jumpers. By the time he finished high school, he had helped his team win seven world championships.

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August 22, 2013 - 4:50 pm