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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Lisa Phu is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

Broken partnership puts Juneau senior housing project in limbo

Broken partnership puts Juneau senior housing project in limbo

A partnership that was going to bring 41 units of low-income senior housing to Juneau has ended, leaving a Seattle-based developer with $9 million in funding and no land to build on. Download Audio
September 30, 2015
UAS to offer marine transportation degree program

UAS to offer marine transportation degree program

Students and mariners will soon be able to get formal marine transportation education without leaving the state. The University of Alaska Board of Regents last week approved a new marine transportation degree program at the University of Alaska Southeast.
September 21, 2015
Juneau Empire to lay off 5 employees, consolidate with other newspapers

Juneau Empire to lay off 5 employees, consolidate with other newspapers

The Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly recently told five of its employees they were being laid off. Three people in the business office and two graphic designers are losing their jobs by the end of the year. Those duties will be done either in Anchorage or outsourced to another country.
September 21, 2015
After 18 years of bagels, Juneau's Silverbow Bakery to close Oct. 4

After 18 years of bagels, Juneau’s Silverbow Bakery to close Oct. 4

The Silverbow Bakery in downtown Juneau is closing. For 18 years, the eatery has been a popular gathering spot for locals and visitors. It’s known for its cookies, soups and sandwiches and, of course, its bagels. Download Audio
September 15, 2015
State to provide language assistance to Yup'ik, Gwich'in voters

State to provide language assistance to Yup’ik, Gwich’in voters

In a historic settlement, the state has agreed to provide increased language assistance for voters who speak Yup’ik and Gwich’in. Download Audio
September 10, 2015
After amputation, the mobility of a sea kayak beckons

After amputation, the mobility of a sea kayak beckons

A spinal cord injury or amputation doesn’t have to stop someone from being active on the water. A few Juneau instructors now have the know-how to modify kayaking equipment for people of all abilities after a training that wrapped up Tuesday. Download Audio
September 10, 2015
'What the pink!?' Has breast cancer activism veered off course?

‘What the pink!?’ Has breast cancer activism veered off course?

Karuna Jaggar wants to provide a counter narrative to the pink ribbon culture, also known as the “tyranny of cheerfulness.” Jaggar is executive director of Breast Cancer Action, a national education and advocacy organization. She was part of a panel that toured Alaska called “What the Pink?!” Download Audio
September 9, 2015
Mendenhall Glacier ice caves on Smithsonian Magazine’s 'bucket list'

Mendenhall Glacier ice caves on Smithsonian Magazine’s ‘bucket list’

Smithsonian Magazine has listed Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier ice caves on a list of “25 Great New Places to See.” It’s number six on the “life list” or “bucket list,” beaten out by the largest cave located in Vietnam, gorilla trekking in East Africa and the Alma Telescope in Chile.
September 9, 2015
State ferry LeConte rescues six men from overturned skiff

State ferry LeConte rescues six men from overturned skiff

The LeConte state ferry recently rescued six men that were stranded in the water.
September 8, 2015
Juneau hiker who freed eagle and sprung traps sued by trapper

Juneau hiker who freed eagle and sprung traps sued by trapper

The woman who freed a trapped eagle and was cited for springing other traps is heading back to court. In January, the State of Alaska dropped its case against Kathleen Turley. Now, the trapper is suing her for damages in small claims court. Download Audio:
September 4, 2015
Juneau Library to launch Alaska Native stories project

Juneau Library to launch Alaska Native stories project

The Juneau Public Library system embarks on an oral history project this spring collecting Alaska Native stories on educational experiences. The capital city’s library is one of ten picked from more than 300 national applicants to bring StoryCorps to the community. Download Audio
September 3, 2015

Judge strikes down law restricting Medicaid-funded abortions

The Alaska Superior Court today struck down a state law that would have limited Medicaid coverage of abortions for low-income women. The judge found the law, which imposes a strict definition of "medically necessary abortion” violates the equal protection guarantees of Alaska’s constitution. Download Audio
August 27, 2015
Juneau protest looks to give BC mines a classic Alaska 'boot'

Juneau protest looks to give BC mines a classic Alaska ‘boot’

Xtratuf boots are ubiquitous in Southeast Alaska and often associated with fishing. On Wednesday, about a hundred pairs of the brown rubber boots along with photos of Alaskans were on the steps of the Capitol building to protest mines in British Columbia. Download Audio
August 26, 2015
Comrades fondly remember Iraq War veteran 'Eskimo Joe'

Comrades fondly remember Iraq War veteran ‘Eskimo Joe’

Earlier this month, 49-year-old Joseph Murphy died at Juneau’s prison 12 hours after being booked on noncriminal charges. Among other things, Murphy was an Iraq War veteran. His squad commander says it changed him forever. Download Audio
August 25, 2015
Parents feel sticker shock at rising price of high school activity fees

Parents feel sticker shock at rising price of high school activity fees

Classes in Juneau are just starting on Thursday, but some high school activities have been underway for weeks. This school year, the district has drastically cut funding for activities and athletics, leaving some parents paying hundreds of dollars more for their kid to participate. Download Audio
August 24, 2015
AK: Saving a life by leaving it behind

AK: Saving a life by leaving it behind

It’s been a year since Juneau resident Jennifer Fletcher started to publicly present herself as a woman, less than two years since she first started to shed her male identity and rebuild herself as female. But the inner journey to get to that point started long before then. Download Audio:
August 21, 2015

Juneau Man Held On Non-Criminal Charges, Dies In Correctional Facility

A Juneau man died at Lemon Creek Correctional Center Friday morning, about 12 hours after he was brought in. Forty-nine-year-old Joseph Murphy was booked at the prison around 7 p.m. Thursday night and was being held on non-criminal charges.
August 17, 2015
University of Alaska defines consent in new student code of conduct

University of Alaska defines consent in new student code of conduct

The University of Alaska system has defined “consent” for the first time when it comes to sexual misconduct terminology. The definition is in the university’s new student code of conduct, which is the basis of university disciplinary proceedings. One expert calls the definition good, but thinks it could go further. Download Audio
August 13, 2015
Rookery’s Beau Schooler wins national seafood competition

Rookery’s Beau Schooler wins national seafood competition

Juneau chef Beau Schooler was crowned “Best Seafood Chef” at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off this weekend in New Orleans. He was one of 12 competing chefs from all over the country. He won with a dish that only had one main ingredient – Alaska wild salmon.
August 13, 2015
Why SEARHC thinks paying for 8 weeks of parental leave will save money

Why SEARHC thinks paying for 8 weeks of parental leave will save money

A Southeast health provider has adopted what may be the most progressive parental leave policy in Alaska. At least two experts say they don’t know of another employer in the state with a comparable benefit. Download Audio
August 11, 2015