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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Lisa Phu is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

Why Mental Illness Is The ‘No-Casserole’ Illness

Mental illness is usually a personal matter, the type of sickness that doesn’t receive much attention. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, wants to change that.

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March 20, 2014
Only a paper version of the exemption form is available this year. You print it, fill it in, and mail it. Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau.

What Alaska Natives Need To Know About The Affordable Care Act

For most Americans, the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is March 31. For American Indians and Alaska Natives, the process is a little different.

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March 19, 2014
Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School student Connor Norman, his mother Michelle Norman, and school budget committee member Jennifer Lindley all testified during Tuesday night’s school board meeting urging the board to reconsider the ban on middle school sports travel. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Juneau School Board Unmoved By Travel Ban Task Force, Public Testimony

The Juneau School Board will not reconsider the ban on middle school sports travel, at least for the rest of the school year.

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March 14, 2014
The Riverside Shakespeare is commonly used during Bard-A-Thons. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Shakespeare Is Alive In The Capitol City, 24 Hours A Day

If he were alive today, William Shakespeare would be 450 years old in April. In honor of the event, the capitol city is celebrating with its first Bard-A-Thon, 24 hours of Shakespeare readings for eight consecutive days. The non-stop Shakespeare kicked off on Saturday.

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March 12, 2014
Home Depot’s Hiring Initiative Doesn’t Mean Much To Alaska

Home Depot’s Hiring Initiative Doesn’t Mean Much To Alaska

The Home Depot is touting a nationwide initiative seeking 80,000 “new hires” this spring and summer, including 270 in Alaska — but that’s nothing new. The home improvement retailer is looking to hire 45 seasonal employees in Juneau, 45 in Fairbanks, and 180 in Anchorage.

February 19, 2014
The Juneau Empire on Channel Drive. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Empire Reporter Fired Following Disagreement With Publisher

A former Juneau Empire reporter says she was fired when she refused to set up a meeting between the publisher and a legislator on a bill that affects newspapers.

Jennifer Canfield left her job as state capital reporter last week.

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February 10, 2014
From Paying $1,000 A Month For Health Care To $100

From Paying $1,000 A Month For Health Care To $100

A Juneau woman says getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act means she’ll take better care of herself. Prior to January 1st, Bonnie Berg was paying up to $1000 a month for health insurance. Now, she’s paying less than $100.

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January 29, 2014
New Science Released On How Human-Made Sounds Impact Marine Mammals

New Science Released On How Human-Made Sounds Impact Marine Mammals

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking for public comment on guidelines updating the effects of human-made sounds on marine mammals.

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January 23, 2014
The floating breakwater dislodged from its pilings Tuesday afternoon and landed on the beach. (Photo courtesy of Pep Scott)

With Loss Of Dock, Gustavus Residents Worry About Tourist Season

Tuesday’s storm in Southeast caused a state-owned breakwater in Gustavus to dislodge from its pilings and wash ashore on the beach. The 200-foot steel structure also serves as a popular floating dock facility for local residents running charter fishing and whale watching boats. Gustavus residents are wondering what this means for their tourist season.

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January 16, 2014

Juneau Businesses Take The Bitcoin Lead

Bitcoin is a digital currency not backed by any country’s government. The currency only exists on the Internet and has been growing in popularity over the past year and a half. Now, a few businesses in the capital city are starting to deal in bit coin and accept it for payment.

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January 14, 2014
Photo by Jason A. Howie/Flickr Creative Commons.

Why The Capital City Isn’t As Likeable As It Should Be

The City and Borough of Juneau has yet to join the more than one billion users on Facebook, though other governments use social media regularly. While city employees may be personal users, most don’t use it in a professional capacity to push information or interact with the public. But the city of Juneau is beginning to develop a social media policy.

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January 7, 2014
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Juneau Dogs Suffer From Kennel Cough

Suspected cases of kennel cough in dogs have recently spiked in Juneau. An animal shelter has cancelled its daily dog daycare and is quarantining its kennel.

January 2, 2014
Preventing Language Loss: A 3-Step Process

Preventing Language Loss: A 3-Step Process

Indigenous languages throughout North America are teetering on extinction. In Southeast Alaska, less than 200 people can speak Tlingit, Haida, or Tsimshian. But a Tlingit language expert suggests indigenous language loss can be prevented by addressing it at three levels.

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December 30, 2013

CNN To Spotlight Alaska’s High Rape Numbers

CNN will examine Alaska’s struggle with sexual assault and domestic violence in its Change The List project, propelling the issue to the national stage. The news agency sent a reporter to the state to start exploring the problem.

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December 18, 2013

What Would You Do With 9 Tons Of Salmon You Can’t Sell?

Juneau’s soup kitchen and shelter recently received a donation of salmon with an estimated retail value of more than $100,000.

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December 16, 2013
Acting public safety commissioner Keith Mallard serves cookies outside the Governor’s Mansion. Photo by Sarah Yu, KTOO - Juneau.

Governor Continues 100-Year-Old Holiday Tradition

Russian tea cookies, white chocolate coconut clusters, and star-shaped butter cookies are just a small sampling of what was available Tuesday afternoon at the Governor’s Annual Christmas and Holiday Open House.

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December 11, 2013
Alaska Native Brotherhood grand president Bill Martin speaks during opening remarks of the Prevention Summit sponsored by the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau.

Participants Voice Hopes And Realities At Domestic Violence Prevention Summit

The Second Annual Prevention Summit kicked off Tuesday in Juneau. Sponsored by the stateCouncil on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the three-day summit at Centennial Hall brings together teams from 19 communities with the goal of exchanging ideas about prevention.

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December 4, 2013
By speaking Tlingit at home, Mischa Jackson wants to give her daughter Michaelyn something she didn’t have. Photo courtesy of Alfie Price.

How To Save An Endangered Language

Speaking an endangered language at home is the essence of language revitalization, according to author Leanne Hinton. She’s written the book Bringing Our Languages Home and was recently in Juneau for the Tlingit Tribes and Clans Conference.

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December 3, 2013

Alaska Communities Join Forces To Prevent Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault

Community members from Alaska towns as large as Anchorage and as small as Allakaket are in Juneau for the second annual Prevention Summit sponsored by the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

December 3, 2013
Enroll Alaska Sees Growing Demand in Juneau

Enroll Alaska Sees Growing Demand in Juneau

Juneau’s Enroll Alaska agent Mike Clark has so far seen about 24 people, and appointments continue to come in.

November 27, 2013