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Matt Miller, KTOO - Juneau

Matt Miller is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

The Blob expands from Gulf of Alaska to Baja California

The Blob expands from Gulf of Alaska to Baja California

Scientists are watching for how a warmer North Pacific Ocean could affect weather and climate this year. There could also be significant impacts to marine life, including species that form the basis for Alaska’s commercial fisheries.

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June 2, 2015

Permanent Fund CEO Abruptly Retires

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation has announced the abrupt retirement of its chief executive officer Mike Burns.

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June 1, 2015

Salmon Run Leaves Juneau Stream 2 Weeks Early

There is a little creek in the Juneau area that biologists have been consistently counting fish and monitoring for the last 35 years. Last month, the peak of the usual exodus of outgoing pink fry was two weeks early.

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May 20, 2015
Return of The Blob

Return of The Blob

Climate researchers say a giant mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean may be responsible for unusual sightings of marine life in the North Pacific while also influencing North American weather patterns.

May 5, 2015
41 foot sailing vessel Altan Girl is towed out of the sea ice by USCGC Healy after getting stuck about 40 miles northeast of Barrow in July 2014. (Photo by Ensign Carolyn Mahoney, U.S. Coast Guard)

Coast Guard Maps Out Marine Traffic Lanes To The Arctic

Anticipating increased traffic through the Bering Strait as retreating sea ice opens up the Arctic Ocean to more vessels, the U.S. Coast Guard is accepting public comments on proposed vessel routes off northwestern Alaska.

January 29, 2015

Wrangell Doctor Appears In Court Again After Arrest For Child Porn

A Wrangell doctor arrested last week for possessing and distributing child pornography appeared in court again Monday.

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October 21, 2014

Flooding Cleanup Starts in Juneau

A handful of homes in Juneau are cleaning up after a river flooded over the weekend. The unusual event has become a regular, almost expected occurrence in the Capital City.

July 14, 2014
Stolen Dance Paddle Recovered in Juneau

Stolen Dance Paddle Recovered in Juneau

Juneau Police are reporting the recovery of an eight-foot dance paddle that was stolen Saturday after the end of Celebration, the big biennial cultural event in the Capital City.

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June 18, 2014

Racial Outburst Disrupts End Of Celebration Parade

Juneau police are asking for help identifying a man in connection with a racist incident during Saturday morning’s Celebration parade through downtown.

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June 17, 2014
Native Leader Facing Summer Jury Trial

Native Leader Facing Summer Jury Trial

An August 4th trial date has been set for a former Sealaska corporation executive accused of stealing money from a subsistence fund. A ‘not guilty’ plea was entered on behalf of Robert ‘Bob’ Loescher, 66, who appeared in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday in a wheelchair.

May 16, 2014
A training participant checks the water flow at Hagevig Fire Training Center before putting out a controlled fire. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)

AK: Disaster Response

The first responders in any disaster like the Good Friday Earthquake will likely be the firefighters and emergency medical technicians. But even the routine fire or medical call can be physically taxing and rely on months, perhaps even years of training. Capital City Fire and Rescue and the International Firefighters Association recently held a unique event in Juneau designed to demonstrate the rigors of the job to those unfamiliar with their routine.

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March 28, 2014
Robert Kowalski prepares to leave the courtroom during a break in the trial on Thursday. Photo by Matt Miller, KTOO - Juneau.

Witnesses Begin Taking The Stand In Yakutat Homicide Case

Opening statements were held Thursday and the first witnesses took the stand in the case of a man accused of killing his girlfriend at a Yakutat lodge 17 1/2 years ago.

March 21, 2014
This area near the entrance of the ice cave at Mendenhall Glacier may not necessarily be the safest place to sit. Photo by Matt Miller, KTOO - Juneau.

Mendenhall Glacier Inspires Awe, Demands Respect

Juneau’s most popular attraction is Mendenhall Glacier, one of the most accessible glaciers in the world. Visitors and residents took advantage of the recent cold, clear weather to hike across a frozen lake in front of the glacier to find an ice cave. They’ve taken pictures of themselves inside of the awe -inspiring tunnel and surrounded by blue-tinted ice walls.

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March 11, 2014
Alaska State Museum’s Bob Banghart explains the moving process amidst pallets and crates of artifacts that have been staged on the second floor’s display space. Signs posted to the top of stacks read “Caution! Artifacts Here”. Photo by Matt Miller, KTOO - Juneau.

Final Friday Marks Last Public Day For Alaska State Museum

Friday is the last day that the Alaska State Museum in Juneau will be open to the public.

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February 28, 2014

Alaskan, Australian Natives May Be Vulnerable To Bird Flu

Indigenous populations in Alaska and Australia may be vulnerable to influenza, particularly a recent form of bird flu.

January 22, 2014
Climate Change Could Affect Southeast Salmon Habitat

Climate Change Could Affect Southeast Salmon Habitat

Researchers expect that salmon productivity could shift in Southeast Alaska streams over the next 70 years as temperatures rise and rainfall increases because of climate change.

December 5, 2013
Hoonah Lawsuit Going To Trial Early Next Fall

Hoonah Lawsuit Going To Trial Early Next Fall

A lawsuit stemming from the murder of two Hoonah police officers may go to trial on September 16, 2014. A court officer and some of the attorneys in the case tentatively set the date during a brief hearing in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday.

October 30, 2013

Fast Ferries Getting New Engines

The fast ferry Fairweather is now in a Seattle shipyard. When it returns to Alaska next spring, it will feature a completely new power plant. The deteriorating engines that were the subject of the state’s long-running lawsuit with the engine manufacturer will be swapped out. Then, its sister ship Chenega will go through an identical refit.

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October 21, 2013

Coast Guard Rescues Man Injured After 75-Foot Fall

The Coast Guard says they’ve completed a long-distance medevac of a freighter crewman who suffered injuries from a fall aboard the vessel.

September 12, 2013
Eight People Rescued After Separate Sinkings

Eight People Rescued After Separate Sinkings

A Coast Guard helicopter is flying over the sites of two sinkings in Southeast Alaska on Wednesday to check for any pollution.

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August 14, 2013