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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Lisa Phu is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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
Insurance will give SEARHC members more flexibility in health care and generate revenue for the Native medical organization. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

SEARHC to Receive $53 Million Settlement from Federal Government

The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will receive a $53 million settlement from Indian Health Service for about fifteen years of unpaid contract costs.

Now SEARHC president and CEO Charles Clement hopes the federal agency will continue to pay its bills.

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July 30, 2014
A considerable amount of city resources is spent on addressing the needs of chronic inebriates who are homeless. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Why Juneau Should Be Next For Housing First

Momentum is building in the capital city to provide housing for the homeless who suffer from substance abuse.

Housing First is based on the idea that the homeless can’t deal with problems like alcoholism and medical issues until they have a permanent place to live.

Anchorage and Fairbanks have Housing First facilities. In Juneau, some non-profit organizations, city officials, and legislators think it’s a good idea.

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July 29, 2014
Visiting Japanese fishermen photograph salmon returning to the hatchery. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Japanese Fishermen Visit Alaska for Ideas on Sustainability

A group of Japanese fishermen is touring the Northwest United States to get an education in fisheries. The group’s first stop was Juneau where they toured the hatchery at DIPAC Monday morning.

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July 24, 2014
Corey MacDonald and his wife (not pictured) have three children – Miles, 7; Leland, 5; and Chloe, 4. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

In Transition: When a Family of Five Calls One Room Home

Juneau charity organization St. Vincent de Paul has a record high number of people staying in its transitional housing shelter. Usually, around 55 people live in the 26 units. At the moment, there are 66 occupants, almost half are children.

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July 17, 2014
Naturalist Steve Merli shares a little known fact - a bear has never been documented harming a person that’s in a group of five or more. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

AK: Bear Aware

For naturalist Steve Merli, bear education isn’t just about staying alive. The way he sees it, knowing how to behave in bear country allows Alaskans to explore wilderness more deeply.

Merli works with Discovery Southeast, a Juneau organization that connects kids with nature programs.

Earlier this month, KTOO’s Lisa Phu joined campers for a lesson that had some questioning their assumptions about bear encounters.

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July 11, 2014
TODAY Show anchor Natalie Morales powders her face before going on camera. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

TODAY Show Live From Juneau

About 1,500 people showed up for an early morning live broadcast of the TODAY Show from Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier. They waved signs, cheered and waited hours for a chance to be on national TV for a few seconds.

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July 10, 2014

TODAY Show to Broadcast Live from Mendenhall Glacier

The NBC TODAY Show will broadcast live from the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center early Thursday morning. Juneau residents are invited to attend.

TODAY’s Natalie Morales will host a portion of the show from the visitor center pavilion from 3 to 6 a.m. to air live on the East Coast.

July 9, 2014
About 30 Juneau residents attended a recent meeting about USDA’s Rural Development housing programs. Under the new Farm Bill, potential home buyers in the capital city now qualify for loans under the programs. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Rural Housing Loans Open Doors For Affordability In Juneau

Residents of the capital city now qualify for “rural” federal housing loans from the Department of Agriculture after Congress raised the population cap for communities to qualify. The loans make home ownership more accessible in a city that lists affordable housing as one of its top issues.

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July 2, 2014
The City and Borough of Juneau and Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Mendenhall Valley Public Library at Dimond Park on Friday. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Breaking New Ground With Mendenhall Valley Library

The city of Juneau held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Mendenhall Valley Library at Dimond Park last week. This means the Juneau Public Libraries branch now located inside a mall will soon be its own stand-alone building. About 50 people attended the event, including many who had a role in making the project happen.

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June 30, 2014