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Matt Miller, KTOO - Juneau

Matt Miller is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

Scientists get 'Blobby' with it in Seattle

Scientists get ‘Blobby’ with it in Seattle

Scientists from up and down the West Coast are gathering in Seattle this week for a conference on a giant mass of warm ocean water that has lingered in the Northeast Pacific. Download Audio
January 20, 2016
Egan worries about political paralysis, procrastination

Egan worries about political paralysis, procrastination

Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan said he expects that the $3.5 billion budget deficit will dominate the agenda during this legislative session. But will anything be accomplished to fill that gap? That’s a different story.
January 20, 2016
Alaskans fly south for Arctic symposium

Alaskans fly south for Arctic symposium

The University of Washington School of Law is hosting policymakers from Alaska and around the country for discussions on Arctic security and politics, development, transportation and shipping, environmental protection, and climate change.
January 15, 2016
'The Blob'... on winter vacation or gone for good?

‘The Blob’… on winter vacation or gone for good?

Is 'The Blob' taking a winter breather? Or, is it fizzling out? After over two years, is The Blob finally dead? The giant, persistent mass of warm ocean water seems to have cooled over the last few months, possibly because of another warm ocean phenomenon that is now dominating the Pacific. Download Audio
January 11, 2016
AK: For Tlingit engineer, Juneau bridge connects Alaskans

AK: For Tlingit engineer, Juneau bridge connects Alaskans

More than 100 years after the creation of the Alaska Native Brotherhood, a new bridge in Juneau has been named in honor of the Native organization. But it’s not the first. The predecessor to the current bridge was actually designed by a man who has his own unique and interesting ties to the Alaska Native civil rights movement. Download Audio:
January 8, 2016
State court employees furloughed Christmas Eve to cost-cut

State court employees furloughed Christmas Eve to cost-cut

There’ll be no court in Juneau Thursday, Christmas Eve. In fact, all of the state’s 39 courthouses will be closed on Christmas Eve as a cost saving measure while the state tries to chip away at a multibillion dollar budget deficit. Download Audio
December 23, 2015

Could market squid become a new Southeast fishery?

Southeast Alaska marine scientists got a rare peek this year into the hatching of a certain species of squid.
November 30, 2015
Skipjack tuna, other warm-water fish turn up in Alaska

Skipjack tuna, other warm-water fish turn up in Alaska

It’s unclear whether a developing El Niño in the equatorial Pacific is partially responsible for this year’s wayward skipjack. Download Audio
November 20, 2015
Convicted Wrangell doc wants another chance to defend himself

Convicted Wrangell doc wants another chance to defend himself

The former Wrangell doctor convicted on child pornography charges wants a new trial. Greg Salard’s new lawyer claims his client’s constitutional rights were denied by the public defender during his trial in U.S. District Court in July. The request has postponed Salard’s sentencing while a judge considers the request.
November 20, 2015
Language matters: The alleged disappearance of Áak’w Kwáan, T’aaku Kwáan

Language matters: The alleged disappearance of Áak’w Kwáan, T’aaku Kwáan

What happened to the Áak’w Kwáan and T’aaku Kwáan? Did they all die of disease? Become assimilated? Move away? A state researcher challenges the modern day, persistent narrative implying that local Tlingits seemed to have just vanished as soon as non-Native settlers arrived in the area.
November 13, 2015
New bridge dedicated to Alaska Native Brotherhood

New bridge dedicated to Alaska Native Brotherhood

State transportation officials and Juneau Native leaders dedicated a new bridge crossing the Mendenhall River as the Brotherhood Bridge Saturday.
October 27, 2015
Warm-water fish increasingly spotted in Alaska waters

Warm-water fish increasingly spotted in Alaska waters

Scientists and fishermen have reported more unusual species in Alaska waters, likely because of warming sea surface temperatures. Meanwhile, an Alaska research organization has created an online clearinghouse of all the news and research related to the anomaly called The Blob. Download Audio
September 15, 2015
Wrangell doc found guilty of sharing child porn

Wrangell doc found guilty of sharing child porn

Former Wrangell doctor Greg Salard has been found guilty of distributing and receiving child pornography. The 12-person jury returned Tuesday with a verdict in U.S. District Court after an hour and a half of deliberations. Download Audio
July 29, 2015
AK: Juneau's Nimbus Sculpture - An Ugly Duckling Reclaims Its Throne

AK: Juneau’s Nimbus Sculpture – An Ugly Duckling Reclaims Its Throne

What’s big and green, weighs 8 tons, and is shaped like a Kleenex half-pulled from the box? Nimbus, of course. The polarizing and controversial sculpture recently returned to the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives, and Museum that’s under construction in downtown Juneau, after a 38-year history that included the piece’s provocation, banishment and eventual resurrection. Download Audio:
July 17, 2015
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. Download Audio:
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. Listen now:
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. Download Audio:
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
Coast Guard Maps Out Marine Traffic Lanes To The Arctic

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. Download Audio
October 21, 2014