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Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO - Juneau

Jeremy Hsieh is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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