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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Lisa Phu is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

Hovercraft To Shuttle Cruise Tourists to Taku Glacier

Hovercraft To Shuttle Cruise Tourists to Taku Glacier

The start of the cruise ship season brings a new excursion from one of the oldest tour outfits in Southeast. Allen Marine Tours is set to run hovercraft trips to the Taku Glacier starting this week.

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May 8, 2015
How events unfolded inside Juneau schools after threatening phone calls

How events unfolded inside Juneau schools after threatening phone calls

Juneau schools have received five phone calls threatening school shootings in the past two weeks. In each instance, nothing was found, but the threats had to be addressed. Here’s how schools and police responded to the incidents.

May 8, 2015
Rick Caulfield to take the reins of UAS on June 1

Rick Caulfield to take the reins of UAS on June 1

On the first of June, the University of Alaska Southeast will have a new chancellor. Rick Caulfield will replace outgoing chancellor John Pugh, who announced his retirement last October.

May 7, 2015
Governor signs SLAM bill for Kashevaroff, Foster

Governor signs SLAM bill for Kashevaroff, Foster

Gov. Bill Walker signed a bill this morning officially naming the new State Libraries, Archives and Museum Building after Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff. The signing took place in the historical library in Juneau’s State Office Building.

May 6, 2015
Gov. Walker signs SLAM bill for Kashevaroff, Foster

Gov. Walker signs SLAM bill for Kashevaroff, Foster

Gov. Bill Walker signed a bill this morning officially naming the new State Libraries, Archives and Museum Building after Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff. The signing took place in the historical library in Juneau’s State Office Building.

May 5, 2015
Marriage Equality Advocates Ask Governor and Attorney General To “Stop in the name of the love”

Marriage Equality Advocates Ask Governor and Attorney General To “Stop in the name of the love”

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on marriage equality yesterday (Tuesday). On the same day, around 40 people gathered at the Dimond Courthouse plaza across from the State Capitol in Juneau to rally through song and dance.

April 28, 2015
Erin Merryn, a victim of sexual abuse as a child, testified last year in the House Education Committee on House Bill 233, also known as Erin’s Law. Rep. Geran Tarr is the bill sponsor. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Erin’s Law Stuck In Senate Education Committee

The House passed a version of Erin’s Law on Saturday. Now, three versions of the child sexual abuse prevention bill are stuck in the Senate Education Committee as the legislature winds down for the year. Majority leadership has indicated there’s no rush to pass the bill.

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April 20, 2015

Juneau School District Seeking Special Election For School Bonds

The Juneau School District wants a special June election asking voters to approve a bond for school renovations before a law stopping state reimbursements for school construction takes effect. The governor still hasn’t signed the bill, but if he does, the school district has 90 days before it becomes a law to hold an election. Even if all goes smoothly and the district beats the countdown, it’s still unclear if it will get reimbursed. Lisa Phu has more.

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April 16, 2015
Juneau Assembly To Decide Fate Of Haven House

Juneau Assembly To Decide Fate Of Haven House

The Juneau Assembly heard an appeal Monday night challenging a transitional home for women who are former inmates.

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April 14, 2015
Former Female Inmates Find Support And A Home In Juneau’s Haven House

Former Female Inmates Find Support And A Home In Juneau’s Haven House

Juneau’s first transitional home for women recently paroled or released from prison is welcoming its first residents.

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April 13, 2015
Juneau Schools Replace Controversial Texts With Book By First Nations Writer

Juneau Schools Replace Controversial Texts With Book By First Nations Writer

The Juneau School District has chosen a book to replace the controversial texts it decided to remove from the fourth grade language arts curriculum.

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April 9, 2015
Rie Muñoz Leaves A Legacy Of Delight, Joy And Laughter

Rie Muñoz Leaves A Legacy Of Delight, Joy And Laughter

Beloved artist Rie Muñoz passed away Monday night at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau after a stroke. She was 93. Muñoz was active until the end, a prolific artist and traveler who drew inspiration from everyday Alaskans.

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April 8, 2015
Juneau Prison Deals With Overcrowding By Housing Women In A Tent

Juneau Prison Deals With Overcrowding By Housing Women In A Tent

Alaska’s prison population is the third fastest growing in the country, and the prisons are over capacity. The crowding problem is especially evident at Juneau’s Lemon Creek Correctional Center where half the female inmates live in a tent outside. Some of them actually like it, but it’s an indication of a problem one state senator is trying to fix.

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April 7, 2015
Alaska Artist Rie Muñoz Dies At 93

Alaska Artist Rie Muñoz Dies At 93

Alaska artist Rie Muñoz has died. She was 93. A statement from her family says Muñoz was “active and independent until her last hours.”

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April 7, 2015
New Version Of Erin’s Law Targets Teen Dating Violence

New Version Of Erin’s Law Targets Teen Dating Violence

The latest, beefed up version of a law to mandate sexual abuse prevention education in public schools is unlikely to reach the governor’s desk this year. That’s according to Senate Rules Committee Chair Charlie Huggins, who said in a committee Thursday that an expanded version of Erin’s Law would likely be a two-year bill. Sen. Lesil McGuire’s rebranded Alaska Safe Children’s Act includes teen dating violence prevention.

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April 6, 2015
AK: Resetting The Stage

AK: Resetting The Stage

Ricci Adan is a performing artist in Juneau. Locals know her as an actor, dance teacher and choreographer, most recently of Perseverance Theatre’s “Chicago.”

What people may not know is that in 1981, her husband Richard Adan was killed – stabbed on the streets of New York City by a released convict who was a protégé of Pulitzer Prize winning writer Norman Mailer.

The murder trial was highly publicized. But, Adan is just beginning to tell her side of the story.

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April 3, 2015
Teen Play Explores The Complexities Of Date Rape

Teen Play Explores The Complexities Of Date Rape

Five Juneau teens star in a play about the complexities of date rape. The show is called “Hush,” but the teens hope the audience do exactly the opposite.

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April 2, 2015

How A Juneau Kid Turned His Passion Into A Profession

Jon Devore started skiing and skydiving as a kid growing up in Juneau. Now, he skydives, speedrides and performs Hollywood stunts for a living.

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April 1, 2015
Discovery Southeast honors teacher Allie Smith

Discovery Southeast honors teacher Allie Smith

Discovery Southeast is honoring a second grade teacher for regularly exposing her students to nature. The local outdoor education organization is giving the first annual Discovery Award to Allie Smith from Auke Bay Elementary School.

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March 25, 2015

Alaska Fish And Game Says It Could Absorb CFEC

At a legislative committee Thursday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says it could absorb part of the responsibilities of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission if it was eliminated.

March 23, 2015