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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Lisa Phu is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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
Juneau Business Fined Nearly $12K For Whale-Watching Violations

Juneau Business Fined Nearly $12K For Whale-Watching Violations

Tour company Juneau Whale Watch recently finished paying almost $12,000 in fines for violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.

May 26, 2015
‘Baby Raven Reads’ Program Nurtures A New Generation of Tlingit Speakers

‘Baby Raven Reads’ Program Nurtures A New Generation of Tlingit Speakers

Sealaska Heritage Institute is helping to foster the next generation of Tlingit speakers in Juneau. It recently launched a free early childhood program.

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May 21, 2015
Neighbors Aim to Take Concerns Over Halfway House to Court in Juneau

Neighbors Aim to Take Concerns Over Halfway House to Court in Juneau

A Juneau neighborhood association is taking its fight against a transitional home for just-released female inmates to court, after exhausting all of its municipal appeal options.

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May 20, 2015
A photo from the duo's trip across a glacier in Svalbard, Norway. (Photo from icelegacy.com)

Grocery Shopping To Cross the Stikine Icefield

Explorers Børge Ousland and Vincent Colliard are in the midst of skiing the Stikine Icefield in Southeast Alaska and British Columbia. The journey is part of a decade-long project to traverse the world’s 20 largest ice fields.

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May 19, 2015

Alaska’s Capital City Braces for Potential Layoffs

Of the 16,000 State of Alaska employees, more than a quarter of them work in the capital city. On their lunch break, state employees at the State Office Building talked about their tentative employment future.

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May 18, 2015