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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Lisa Phu is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

Yukon College president Karen Barnes and UAS chancellor John Pugh sign an agreement renewing the partnership between the two institutions. UAS provost Richard Caulfield oversees the signing. Photo by Lisa Phu - KTOO - Juneau.

UAS and Yukon College Partnership Advances Native Language Efforts

University of Alaska Southeast and Yukon College signed an agreement this weekend that renews a more than 25-year relationship. The two institutions will continue to work together in various academic fields, including resource development and Native languages.

October 23, 2013 - 10:55 am
For the past six months, the stairs have been kept in a storage yard in more than 30 pieces. Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau.

Phase One Of Capitol Renovations Nears Completion

State legislators, staffers and others doing business at the State Capitol building will soon be able to walk through the main entrance again. Juneau-based Alaska Commercial Contractors are wrapping up the first phase of renovations, which started at the end of April.

October 22, 2013 - 4:50 pm
State Expects Unemployment Filings To Rise Due To Shutdown

State Expects Unemployment Filings To Rise Due To Shutdown

It’s been one week since the federal government shut down. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development expects a rise in federal workers filing for unemployment payments due to the furlough.

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October 8, 2013 - 12:58 pm
Ivory cribbage boards sit in custom storage mounts made by museum professional Jon Loring. Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau.

AK: Museum Moving

Construction workers in Juneau are making progress on the State Library Archives Museum building – otherwise known as SLAM. What most people don’t see is all the work behind the scenes.

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October 4, 2013 - 7:00 am
Hotel Impossible designer Blanche Garcia in the lobby of the Alaskan Hotel on the third day of shooting. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Hotel Impossible Wraps Up Filming At Alaskan Hotel

Travel Channel’s reality show Hotel Impossible wrapped up filming at Juneau’s famed Alaskan Hotel this weekend. KTOO’s Lisa Phu caught up with the show’s host and designer during their third day of shooting and has this story.

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September 30, 2013 - 5:19 pm

London Doctor Attempting 6-Continent Bike Ride

Dr. Steve Fabes from London is in the midst of a six-continent bicycle ride. While cycling the length of North America, Fabes took time off to fly to Juneau and Anchorage last week to talk about his epic trip.

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September 23, 2013 - 5:56 pm
The Alaskan Hotel opened in 1913 and is on the National Register for Historical Places. It will be featured on the Travel Channel reality show Hotel Impossible. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Alaskan Hotel To Get TV Makeover

The oldest operating hotel in Alaska will get makeover – on TV. The Travel Channel’s reality show Hotel Impossible will be in the capital city next week to film an episode on the Alaskan Hotel. According to the show’s website, each episode features a hotel that is having problems or is not living up to its potential.

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September 19, 2013 - 4:58 pm
Fossil preparator J.P. Cavigelli will reveal more of the belly area when he returns to Alaska this winter. “When he gets in there, there’s a possibility that if he was eating ammonites or fish or whatever, that all of those bones – what would’ve been his stomach contents – will also be preserved,” says geologist Jim Baichtal. (Photo courtesy of Pat Druckenmiller/University of Alaska Museum of the North)

Thalattosaur Fossil Discovered Near Kake May Be New Species

The fossil of a Thalattosaur discovered near Kake two years ago is a complete specimen, the first to be found in the western hemisphere. Scientists speculate it could be a new species of the prehistoric marine reptile.

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September 18, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Sailing is Thriving in Juneau

Sailing is thriving in the capital city through a club called Southeast Alaska Sailing, also known as SEAS. The mission of the group is to promote an appreciation of sailing. That’s done through organized races in the spring and summer as well as a weekly event called Get Out The Boat. KTOO’s Lisa Phu was on board the sailboat Surprise for the 3-day Labor Day Regatta to Taku Harbor.

September 13, 2013 - 4:00 pm

Juneau Clinic For Homeless, Low-Income Residents Open Through April

The clinic for Juneau’s homeless and low-income residents will stay open at least through April 30 thanks to the fundraising efforts of local community members and organizations.

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September 6, 2013 - 4:44 pm
Union Files For Arbitration Over State Office Space

Union Files For Arbitration Over State Office Space

The state’s largest public employee union and the Parnell administration will enter into arbitration over the issue of office space. An arbitrator has been selected, but the time frame for the negotiations are still unknown.

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September 5, 2013 - 9:29 am
NOAA to Review Humpback’s Status

NOAA to Review Humpback’s Status

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will review whether the North Pacific humpback still needs protection under the Endangered Species Act. A group of Hawaiian fishermen submitted a petition to delist the whale in April and NOAA has released its first finding.

September 2, 2013 - 5:08 pm
Accessible Playgrounds in Juneau a Work in Progress

Accessible Playgrounds in Juneau a Work in Progress

It’s recess at Glacier Valley Elementary School. A dozen kids run straight to a piece of playground equipment that looks like a three dimensional spider web. They climb onto the webbing where they hover ten feet off the ground. Elsewhere in the playground, students crawl up ladders, go down slides, pump their legs on swings.

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August 29, 2013 - 4:32 pm
Juneau Clinic Will Close

Juneau Clinic Will Close

The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium plans to close Front Street Clinic on October 1, according to SEARHC COO Dan Neumeister. The decision by the board of directors comes after two days of meetings last week.

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August 27, 2013 - 5:29 pm
Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau.

Paddleboarders Find Unique Way to Experience Juneau

A group of people from all over the U.S. traveled to the capital city this week for one reason – stand up paddle boarding. Jan and Jeff Lipscomb, Carol Fontius, and Bob Stafford went to Auke Lake for their first Alaska stand up paddle board experience.

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August 26, 2013 - 5:45 pm
Glacier Bay Lodge Saved

Glacier Bay Lodge Saved

Glacier Bay Lodge will stay open, at least for another 2 years. Several weeks of negotiations between National Park Service and the current concessionaires ended yesterday.

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August 21, 2013 - 5:10 pm
For many homeless people, Front Street Clinic is the most visible form of help. It connects them to other health and social services. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Juneau Clinic On The Chopping Block

Juneau’s Front Street Clinic is in danger of shutting down due to fiscal reasons. The public health facility, run by the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, caters to the capital city’s homeless and low-income residents.

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August 19, 2013 - 5:57 pm

Hass Reels In Juneau Derby’s Biggest Fish

After more than two days of trolling for salmon during the Golden North Salmon Derby in Juneau, Jody Hass and her family were wrapping it up when one decided to bite.

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August 13, 2013 - 5:10 pm
Respiratory therapist Robert Follett stands next to the hyperbaric chamber when it was still in Bartlett Regional Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Jim Strader/Bartlett Regional Hospital)

Southeast Divers Must Travel Far For Emergency Care

Scuba diving emergencies can no longer be treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. After more than 30 years, the facility discontinued its hyperbaric chamber program and recently removed the 13-foot chamber. Now, the closest chambers for public use are in Anchorage or Seattle.

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August 9, 2013 - 10:25 am

35,000 Sockeye Caught In 1st 6 hours Of Snettisham Fishery

Fifty-thousand sockeye salmon is the early catch estimate for a 3-day gillnet opening at Port Snettisham and the Speel Arm near Juneau, with 35,000 of those fish caught in the first six hours.

The fishery is targeting sockeye salmon from the Snettisham Hatchery.

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August 8, 2013 - 5:10 pm