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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Lisa Phu is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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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
Tickets cost $15 per plate, but some people were giving up to $100 for one ticket. Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau.

Juneau’s Filipino Community Raises $21,000 For Typhoon Relief

Juneau’s Filipino community will contribute more than $21,000 to the relief effort for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. That’s the amount raised during Saturday’s fundraising dinner.

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November 26, 2013
As of May 1, SEARHC will not longer be operating Front Street Clinic. Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau.

SEARHC Front Street Clinic Soon To Be Under New Management

Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) decided to cut funding to Juneau’s homeless medical center at the end of September due to budgetary constraints. Front Street Clinic got a six month reprieve when the community was able to raise more than $120,000. Now, a coalition of local organizations have joined together to keep the clinic open, hopefully, forever.

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November 25, 2013
The Coral Princess Cruise ship prepares to dock in Juneau. Photo by Heather Bryant, KTOO - Juneau.

Juneau Has Cruise Industry Feeling Thirsty

Juneau’s water utility is not meeting peak demand during the summer cruise ship season. That caused the city to drastically reduce the amount of water it could sell to the cruise industry this year.

November 21, 2013
Juneau Assembly Member to Lead Alaska Municipal League

Juneau Assembly Member to Lead Alaska Municipal League

City and Borough of Juneau Assembly member Karen Crane will be the next president of the Alaska Municipal League board of directors. Currently, Crane is first vice president. She will take up her new position at the end of this week’s AML conference in Anchorage.

November 19, 2013
Charlie is Carlton Smith’s second puppet. Smith first started doing ventriloquism 50 years ago as a ten year old boy. Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau.

AK: Tlingit Ventriloquism

Like many other indigenous languages, Tlingit is in survival mode. Revitalizing the language was the focus of this year’s Tlingit Tribes and Clans Conference held in Juneau last week. A Juneau resident has one solution for how to keep the language alive. During a conference session, realtor and assemblyman Carlton Smith gave participants a lesson in how to teach Tlingit to children with puppets. And he does it with the help of a special guest.

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November 15, 2013

Bartlett’s Interim CEO Wants To Build Culture Of Trust, Communication

Bartlett Regional Hospital’s interim CEO Jeff Egbert wants to create a culture of open communication with hospital staff and stability, something the hospital hasn’t had for a while.

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November 12, 2013

Top 10 Things Alaskans Want To Know About Healthcare

Juneau residents took their questions to healthcare experts Monday night and got them answered by Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium navigator Monique Martin, United Way navigator Crystal Bourland, chief operating officer for Enroll Alaska Tyann Boling, and chief administrative officer for Enroll Alaska Chanel Moesh.

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November 7, 2013
Entrance to the Shrine of St. Therese. Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau.

Shrine Celebrates 75 Years Of Retreats And Reflection

The Shrine of St. Therese kicked off a year-long 75th anniversary celebration on Saturday. The cornerstone of the chapel was laid and blessed by Alaska Bishop Joseph Crimont on October 30, 1938.

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November 6, 2013
Jane Foley of the Milken Family Foundation presents Principal Molly Yerkes with a $25,000 educator award. Photo by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO - Juneau.

Milken Family Foundation Surprises Juneau Principal With $25,000 Award

Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School principal Molly Yerkes has been honored with the national Milken Family Foundation Educator Award. Yerkes received the award before 430 students during a school assembly.

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November 1, 2013
Lou Logan, Pat Race, and Aaron Suring are the guys behind Alaska Robotics. Photo courtesy of Alaska Robotics.

Alaska Robotics Hopes To Satirize 2014 Legislative Season

Filmmaker and illustrator Pat Race wants to create a satirical news series documenting the 2014 Alaska Legislature, and he hopes crowdsourcing will make it happen.

October 30, 2013
The federal insurance website is still experiencing technical difficulties, but Enroll Alaska has more than 1,700 individuals interested once it’s functioning properly. Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau.

Interest In Health Care Enrollment Expected To Pick Up In Juneau

Enrolling in the new federal marketplace is off to slow start in the capital city. Ongoing technical issues with the insurance website have made it difficult, but those charged with helping Juneau residents enroll expect interest will pick up.

October 24, 2013