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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Lisa Phu is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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

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

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
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
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
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