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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Lisa Phu is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

Division of Elections director resigns at Lt. Governor’s request

Division of Elections director resigns at Lt. Governor’s request

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has asked the state’s Division of Elections director Gail Fenumiai to resign. Claire Richardson is special assistant to Mallott. She says they accepted Fenumiai’s resignation on Friday.

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July 27, 2015
Man arrested for threatening calls to Arizona schools similar to Alaska’s

Man arrested for threatening calls to Arizona schools similar to Alaska’s

A New York man was arrested last week for making threatening phone calls to Arizona schools that were motivated by online gaming on an Xbox, authorities say. Details of the calls sound similar to ones made to Alaska schools, though the FBI says the arrest hasn’t been connected.

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July 23, 2015
Teachers’ field trip: Lessons from the Mendenhall Glacier

Teachers’ field trip: Lessons from the Mendenhall Glacier

“Teacher training” usually means spending time in a library with textbooks and PowerPoints. But for 13 Alaska educators last week, it meant hopping on a helicopter, donning crampons and toting an ice ax on top of the Mendenhall Glacier as part of Discovery Southeast’s Teacher Expedition. I was invited to tag along.

July 23, 2015
NTSB investigates ‘man, machine, environment’ in Friday’s plane crash near Juneau

NTSB investigates ‘man, machine, environment’ in Friday’s plane crash near Juneau

Wreckage of a plane that went down Friday afternoon 18 miles west of Juneau was being picked up Sunday for further investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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July 20, 2015
Video: U.S. Coast Guard, partners rescue Wings airplane crash survivors

Video: U.S. Coast Guard, partners rescue Wings airplane crash survivors

A Wings of Alaska Cessna 207 flying from Juneau to Hoonah crashed into a side of a mountain Friday afternoon, killing the pilot. The U.S. Coast Guard, Juneau Mountain Rescue, Alaska State Troopers and Temsco Helicopters coordinated efforts to rescue the four surviving passengers. In this video, a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew lowers rescue personnel to the site of the plane crash and hoists survivors for transport to medical care.

July 20, 2015
Four Survive, One Dead in Juneau to Hoonah Plane Crash

Four Survive, One Dead in Juneau to Hoonah Plane Crash

The U.S. Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew has so far transported three survivors from the plane crash to Juneau.

“Ground crews are still searching to locate and assess the status of the other two from the airplane,” says Coast Guard spokesperson Grant DeVuyst.

July 17, 2015
Administration OKs Further Work On The Juneau Access Project

Administration OKs Further Work On The Juneau Access Project

The state Department of Transportation is moving forward with its environmental review of the Juneau Access Project. The governor’s state budget director wrote a memo last week giving the department the go-ahead to finish the document that lays out the state’s case for where the road should or shouldn’t be built.

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July 15, 2015
Falling debris from decrepit apartments closes Juneau park

Falling debris from decrepit apartments closes Juneau park

The burnt-out Gastineau Apartments will finally be demolished by the end of November, according to Juneau’s city attorney. In the meantime, the city says the downtown buildings are a public safety concern. It’s temporarily closed the neighboring park due to falling debris.

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July 14, 2015
Hoonah Vets Recount Vietnam War in New Documentary

Hoonah Vets Recount Vietnam War in New Documentary

A new documentary profiles the lives of Tlingit veterans from Hoonah who fought in the Vietnam War. “Hunting in Wartime”premieres in the Southeast Alaska Native village Friday.

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July 10, 2015
Inside A Juneau Prison’s Sex Offender Treatment Program

Inside A Juneau Prison’s Sex Offender Treatment Program

Since 2010, sex offenders in Alaska prisons have been able to opt in to an intensive treatment program at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau, but it’s unclear if it reduces recidivism. A 2012 University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center publication identified a statewide benchmark; of about 240 sex offenders released from Alaska prisons in 2008, 2 percent were reconvicted on sex offenses within two years. Here’s a look inside the treatment program at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

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July 9, 2015
Some Juneau Whale-Watching Companies Commit To A Higher Standard

Some Juneau Whale-Watching Companies Commit To A Higher Standard

Seven whale watching companies in Juneau are the first in the state to participate in a voluntary stewardship program that challenges them to go above and beyond federal and state viewing guidelines. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has brought the East Coast program Whale SENSE to Alaska.

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July 7, 2015
Missing hiker on Mt. Roberts trail found dead

Missing hiker on Mt. Roberts trail found dead

A Florida man hiking on Juneau’s Mount Roberts trail system on July 4th was found dead last night.

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July 6, 2015
Marriage equality and mourning: Mildred Boesser fought till the end

Marriage equality and mourning: Mildred Boesser fought till the end

When the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage nationwide last week, President Obama called the ruling “a consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up.” Mildred Boesser stood 5 feet tall, and she was one of those people. On the day of the ruling, Boesser was on her deathbed at home in Juneau, surrounded by family.

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July 1, 2015

ACLU-Alaska Applauds SCOTUS Marriage Decision

In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court today declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. That means the status quo will continue in Alaska, where same-sex marriage was legalized in October.

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June 26, 2015
How David Holthouse Decided to Name the ‘Bogeyman’

How David Holthouse Decided to Name the ‘Bogeyman’

A high profile case about an alleged child rape from 1978 is at an impasse because of Alaska’s old statute of limitations.

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June 26, 2015
Historic Juneau park becomes an oasis for Alaska artists

Historic Juneau park becomes an oasis for Alaska artists

Constance Baltuck is the first artist of a pilot program at the Ernest Gruening Cabin run by Alaska State Parks.

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June 25, 2015
Breaking the Link Between Childhood Trauma And Suicide

Breaking the Link Between Childhood Trauma And Suicide

Close to 200 people in Juneau joined forces Thursday to break the link between childhood trauma and suicide. They’re taking part in a two day suicide prevention conference. Day one focused on establishing the trauma-suicide link.

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June 22, 2015
Breaking the link between childhood trauma and suicide

Breaking the link between childhood trauma and suicide

Close to 200 people in Juneau joined forces Thursday to break the link between childhood trauma and suicide. They’re taking part in a two day suicide prevention conference. Day one focused on establishing the trauma-suicide link.

June 19, 2015
UAS Chancellor John Pugh leaves behind a legacy of caring for students

UAS Chancellor John Pugh leaves behind a legacy of caring for students

John Pugh’s last day as chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast is Friday. He’s retiring after almost three decades with the college. Pugh leaves a legacy of being much more than a chancellor to students — he was a teacher, adviser and friend.

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May 29, 2015
UAS Chancellor John Pugh leaves behind a legacy of caring for students

UAS Chancellor John Pugh leaves behind a legacy of caring for students

John Pugh’s last day as chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast is Friday. He’s retiring after almost three decades with the college. Pugh leaves a legacy of being much more than a chancellor to students — he was a teacher, adviser and friend.

May 29, 2015