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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Lisa Phu is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

‘No Means No’ – UAS Includes Sexual Assault Ed In Freshmen Orientation

Experts often refer to the first several weeks of college for new students as the “red zone” – a time when they’re more likely to be sexually assaulted. The University of Alaska system is on a list of 79 post-secondary schools being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education for compliance with sexual assault laws or violations.

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September 29, 2014
Downtown Stores Called Upon to Keep Juneau Attractive

Downtown Stores Called Upon to Keep Juneau Attractive

The last cruise ship to visit the capital city pulls out of Juneau at 9 p.m. Thursday. As stores in the tourist district pack up and shut down for the fall and winter season, the Juneau Economic Development Council wants to make sure downtown remains an inviting place to be.

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September 24, 2014
As Students Turn 18, Some Have Real Questions For the Candidates

As Students Turn 18, Some Have Real Questions For the Candidates

Absentee voting for the October 7 municipal election begins today at City Hall and Mendenhall Mall. Juneau residents will choose three Assembly and two school board members, and decide on one ballot proposition. Last week, Thunder Mountain High School students had a lesson in civic engagement. The American government class took a field trip to the Juneau Votes Forum at UAS where they posed questions to the candidates.

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September 23, 2014
First snow outside the UAA/APU Consortium Library in Anchorage in 2006. (Creative Commons Photo by Mel Green)

Feds Investigate University of Alaska For How It Deals With Sexual Assault

The U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office will be visiting four campuses of the University of Alaska next month to check if the school is handling sexual violence complaints according to federal law.

The University of Alaska system is on a list of 79 post-secondary institutions around the nation being investigated for possible violations, but university officials aren’t sure why.

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September 17, 2014
Delta Air Lines performs a test flight into Juneau. (Photo by Doug Wahto)

Juneau Remains Part of ‘Battle for Seattle’ Between Delta, Alaska

Delta Air Lines ended their summer run between Juneau and Seattle on August 31. An airline official says the season went well, and Delta will be back next year.

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September 11, 2014
Rep. Cathy Munoz and Education Commissioner Mike Hanley thank the school board and administration for taking hazing seriously. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Juneau School District Receives Praise, Criticism For How It Handled Hazing

Members of the public criticized how the Juneau School District handled a hazing incident in May that involved seven seniors paddling six incoming freshmen. During Tuesday’s school board meeting, they said the perceived punishment of the offenders wasn’t harsh enough.

Meanwhile, a state education official commended the district for trying to change the culture of hazing.

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September 10, 2014
Archivist and collection manager for Sealaska Heritage Institute Zachary Jones holds up the wood panel, which arrived last week. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Foundation Swoops in to Save Sacred Alaskan Artifacts at Auction

As early as the late 1700s, European visitors and explorers in Alaska wrongly took objects that were sacred and important to the indigenous people. Several of these items were set to be auctioned off in Paris last December, despite protest from tribal groups around the U.S. It was a done deal, until an anonymous buyer stepped in.

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September 5, 2014
UAS’s new $14.3 million residence hall opened August 27. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

New UAS Dorm Provides Housing for About 100 Freshmen

Classes for the fall semester started Tuesday at University of Alaska Southeast. More than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled at the university’s Juneau campus. About a hundred freshmen have settled into campus life at UAS’s new residence hall. The $14.3 million facility opened at the end of August.

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September 3, 2014
Investigation Finds 7 High Schoolers Responsible for Hazing

Investigation Finds 7 High Schoolers Responsible for Hazing

After concluding an investigation into an alleged hazing incident, the Juneau School District has identified seven high school seniors who participated in the paddling of six incoming freshmen. The incident took place shortly after school ended in May.

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August 28, 2014
Tlingit-Haida and State Sign Agreement to Improve Relationship

Tlingit-Haida and State Sign Agreement to Improve Relationship

Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and the State of Alaska signed a Memorandum of Agreement yesterday signifying a new level of communication and cooperation.

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August 26, 2014
Juneau Entrepreneurs Bring Basil To the Masses

Juneau Entrepreneurs Bring Basil To the Masses

Its prime time for gardens in Alaska and there are plenty of plants and veggies that thrive this far north. Basil, though, is not one of them – it needs more heat and sun – two things that are especially hard to find in the Southeast rainforest of Juneau. But two local guys have figured out a unique way to bring basil to the masses.

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August 22, 2014
A Partnership of Language and Love: Reflecting on The Life of Dick Dauenhauer

A Partnership of Language and Love: Reflecting on The Life of Dick Dauenhauer

Russian Orthodox funeral services are pending for former Alaska poet laureate Richard Dauenhauer who died Tuesday. Dauenhauer was known for many things, including poetry, translation and teaching. He was also the husband of Tlingit scholar and Alaska writer laureate Nora Marks Dauenhauer. For more than 40 years, they had a partnership of marriage and scholarship.

August 22, 2014
Tlingit Expert, Linguist and Writer Dies at 72

Tlingit Expert, Linguist and Writer Dies at 72

Tlingit expert, linguist and award winning writer Richard Dauenhauer passed away Tuesday morning at Bartlett Regional Hospital. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about a month ago. Dauenhauer was 72 years old.

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August 21, 2014
This is what the Gustavus harbor looked like before the January storm. The steel float along with the timber floats created a U-shape facility. (Photo courtesy of Department of Transportation)

State Has No Plans, Funds to Replace Steel Float in Gustavus

The million dollar steel float in Gustavus was less than two years old when a storm ripped it from its piling in January. Seven months later, the state still doesn’t know what caused the failure and doesn’t have funds to replace it.

August 14, 2014
Juneau School District Brings In Attorney to Investigate Hazing Allegations

Juneau School District Brings In Attorney to Investigate Hazing Allegations

The Juneau School District is conducting an independent third party investigation into an alleged hazing incident that took place two days after school ended in May.

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August 13, 2014
State Lacks Plans, Funds to Replace Steel Float in Gustavus

State Lacks Plans, Funds to Replace Steel Float in Gustavus

The million dollar steel float in Gustavus was less than two years old when a storm ripped it from its piling in January. Seven months later, the state still doesn’t know what caused the failure and doesn’t have funds to replace it.

August 12, 2014
Lawrence Dupler, known as Captain Larry, is listed on the company’s website as captain with Orca Enterprises. In this photo taken July 2013, Dupler is on board the Orca Odysea. (Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau)

Juneau Whale Watching Captain Arrested for Allegedly Driving Boat Intoxicated

A text message from a whale watching boat in Juneau has led to the arrest of the captain on board. Lawrence Dupler, 67, was arrested today for allegedly driving a 52-foot tour boat while intoxicated.

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August 7, 2014
From his bedroom window, Haytham Mohanna took this photo of Israeli flares about a week ago. (Photo by Haytham Mohanna)

Former Haines Exchange Student Now Living In War Zone

Just days after exchange student Haytham Mohanna made the long journey from Southeast Alaska to his home in the Gaza Strip, the conflict between Israel and Hamas escalated into war.

Haytham lived and studied in Haines through a U.S. Department of State program that brings students from Muslim countries to America.

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August 5, 2014
The Lemon Creek Correctional Center. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Corrections)

Troopers Investigate Inmate Overdose at Juneau Prison

Two male inmates at Juneau’s Lemon Creek Correctional Center overdosed on drugs last week. Both men survived and are still in custody.

Now, the Department of Corrections and the Alaska State Troopers are investigating what happened.

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August 1, 2014
This isn’t the first time Sophia Nylen has donated her earnings to a cause. Her mother says she’s given money to The Glory Hole. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Eight-Year-Old Busks For A Cause

One of Juneau’s youngest buskers is raising money this week for a good cause. Elementary school student Sophia Nylen can sometimes be seen playing her violin in downtown Juneau with an open violin case to collect money. This week, all proceeds will go to the family that lost their Twin Lakes home to a fire on Friday.

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July 31, 2014