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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Lisa Phu is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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

Premera Warns of Possible Data Breach

If you have a health insurance plan through Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, your personal information may be vulnerable to a data breach. According to Premera, about 650,000 Alaskans are among the 11 million people potentially affected by a cyberattack of the health insurance company.

March 17, 2015
Freda Westman, right, at a school board meeting in November 2014. (Photo By Lisa Phu, KTOO-Juneau))

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.

March 16, 2015
This is the eighth year Success Inside and Out has been held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center. The day’s events took place inside the prison gym. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Re-entry Program Gives Inmates Hope to Succeed Inside and Out

On Saturday, 43 people rotated through tutorials in a basketball gym on topics like finding employment, how to open a bank account and reconnecting with family. All the participants were wearing yellow jumpsuits. It’s Lemon Creek Correctional Center’s eighth annual Success Inside and Out event, which offers resources to soon-to-be-released inmates.

March 11, 2015

Transgender Support Group Forms in Juneau

The transgender community is finding a foothold in the capital city. A support and social group for transgender and gender questioning people had its first meeting in February with about 12 participants. It follows a trend happening elsewhere in the state.

March 10, 2015
Sabrina Nelson and son Rylan, who’s now 3. (Photo courtesy Sabrina Nelson)

Cuts To Early Education Now Could Cost The State Later

Proposed cuts by Alaska lawmakers to early education programs could cost the state a lot more in the future. Program proponents say supporting parents and children from birth to age 5 is crucial to a child’s and the state’s development.

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March 3, 2015
University of Alaska has this flier about the survey. (Courtesy University of Alaska)

University of Alaska To Launch Sexual Assault Survey Next Week

After a several month delay, the University of Alaska will launch a survey March 2 that deals with sexual assault on campus.

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February 26, 2015
Bruce Twomley has been with the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission since 1982. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Commercial Fisheries Commission Chief Reacts To Being On Chopping Block

The Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission is defending itself against a recent state report pointing out inefficiencies and legislation that could dissolve the agency.

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February 25, 2015
James Hoagland learned the art of wig making while performing as a drag queen for eight years. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

From Frozen To Cover Girl, Drag Queen Style Hinges On Hair

James Hoagland is in the business of wigs. Not just your ordinary costume and fashion wigs – his are specifically for drag queens. He spends hours styling hair and stitching it into wig caps. Last year, he sold 300 mostly to clients in the Lower 48 and internationally.

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February 13, 2015
Writer David Holthouse shares his story of being raped as a child during a talk at the Alaska Capitol. Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) first introduced Erin’s Law last year. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Child sex abuse survivor wants to shatter the silence with Erin’s Law

Alaska raised writer David Holthouse has told his story of being sexually abused as a child before. It’s appeared in newspapers, on the radio and on stage in New York City.

But when he spoke in the Alaska Capitol building today, it was to support Erin’s Law, a bill that would require public schools statewide to provide age-appropriate K-12 sexual abuse education.

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February 12, 2015
Participants of the Tlingit Language Learners Group point to the ceiling during an exercise called Total Physical Response. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Why Some Alaskans Are Learning The Tlingit Language

A group of people in Juneau spend an hour every Monday practicing Tlingit. They bring dictionaries and flashcards, look at handouts and do language exercises. But this isn’t a class.

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February 5, 2015
Delta Air Lines performs a test flight into Juneau. (Photo by Doug Wahto)

Delta To Add Year-Round Competition In Juneau, Fairbanks

Delta Air Lines will fly year-round between Juneau and Seattle starting in May. This is a change from just offering flights during the summer, and could signal more Delta service coming to the state in the future.

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January 27, 2015
Kathleen Adair says she feels relieved with the court’s decision to dismiss the case against her. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Case Dismissed Against Hiker Who Freed Trapped Eagle

The State of Alaska dropped its case against a Juneau woman who was cited for springing legal traps and freeing a bald eagle. At Kathleen Adair’s arraignment Thursday, the district attorney asked the judge to dismiss the case and encouraged Adair to continue freeing eagles.

January 23, 2015
Kathleen Adair encountered an eagle stuck in two traps Dec. 24. (Photo courtesy Kathleen Adair)

Juneau Hiker Who Freed Trapped Eagle Due In Court

A bald eagle was lying on the ground, each leg shut inside traps. When Juneau resident Kathleen Adair came across it scouting a trail for a group hike, the eagle was alive and looking at her. She spent an hour freeing it.

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January 22, 2015
It was Gilbert’s idea to start securing herself to the chairlift as a way to be more independent. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

People With Disabilities Find Independence Through Skiing

For 18 years, ORCA has been teaching people with disabilities how to ski at Juneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area. Its Adaptive Ski and Snowboard program is helping people discover their own potential.

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January 20, 2015
The UAS Bookstore sold a lot more than just books. (Photo courtesy MRV Architects)

UAS Closes Bookstore, Prepares For Tight Budget Times

The University of Alaska Southeast closed its bookstore in Juneau at the end of last year, because it hadn’t been profitable for years. As the school looks ahead, UAS will need to make more tough decisions about its budget.

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January 15, 2015

Juneau Resident In Paris During Attack On Charlie Hebdo Magazine

Juneau resident Henry DeCherney arrived in Paris on Monday as part of an extended holiday traveling in Europe. He was there for Wednesday’s attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine that left 12 dead and today’s dual hostage situation, which killed four. The two main suspects in Wednesday’s attack and an associate were killed as well.

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January 9, 2015
SEAGLA members get together to march in Juneau’s 2014 July 4th parade. (Photo courtesy James Hoagland)

An LGBTQ Renaissance In Juneau

Juneau’s alliance group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people has been going through a renaissance with new board members and energy. Now, with recent grant funding, SEAGLA hopes to increase visibility and awareness in the capital city and beyond.

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January 8, 2015
Kelly Pajinag grew up in Juneau and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 2000. He joined Hospice & Home Care of Juneau in the summer of 2013. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Pajinag Takes The Reins Of Front Street Community Health Center

Kelly Pajinag is the new interim executive director of Front Street Community Health Center as of Jan. 1. He’s also the program manager of Catholic Community Services’ Hospice & Home Care of Juneau. As he juggles two jobs, Pajinag hopes to help the homeless clinic get through some growing pains.

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January 7, 2015