Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO - Juneau
More than 100 Juneau volunteers recently joined City and Borough crews to pull weeds, sweep, hose, scrub and pick up what some estimate to be thousands of cigarette butts. It was the first event organized by an informal Downtown Improvement Group. Download Audio
The image of Juneau’s downtown ranges from the glamour of huge cruise ships and stores catering to tourists, to street people with nowhere to go. An informal coalition has formed representing business and property owners, residents and social service organizations to tackle some of the issues. Download Audio
Juneau police believe they have a suspect in connection with a racial incident that marred the parade at the end of last month’s Celebration. The Michigan man also is being investigated by the Secret Service and is wanted in Hawaii for threatening people. Download Audio
TSA and Juneau airport officials hope the recently expanded baggage screening system will reduce airline departure delays. After numerous requests, federal funding was finally realized for the second machine at the Juneau International Airport, just in time for the arrival of Delta Airlines.
More than two-thousand Southeast Alaska Natives danced their way to Juneau’s Centennial Hall on Wednesday evening for Celebration 2014. The biennial festival is the largest cultural event in the state. Organized by Sealaska Heritage Institute, it brings multiple generations of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people together to celebrate their culture. Download Audio
Former Juneau Rep. Beth Kerttula has joined the Obama Administration as Director of the National Ocean Council Office. Download Audio
The mystery of a picture found in the attic of the Alaska Governor’s Mansion has been solved, thanks to a Juneau resident. Terry VanLeuven owns the original black and white picture of the late President John F. Kennedy shaking hands with a smartly dressed little boy.
All three Juneau legislators will be challenged in the November general election, but not in the August primary. The candidate filing deadline was 5 p.m. Monday.
Most of Alaska’s Territorial Court records will not be transferred to the National Archives in Seattle, but will stay in Alaska.
The draft supplemental environmental impact statement for a road out of Juneau is now under review by the Federal Highway Administration. That’s the last step in the process before federal highways names a preferred route and issues a Record of Decision. Download Audio
Three different conductors will direct the Juneau Symphony next season. They hope to replace Kyle Wylie Pickett, who will lead the Topeka, Kansas Symphony, and the Springfield, Missouri Symphony Orchestra, after 14 years in the capital city. Download Audio
The Skagway ferry terminal dock is fully submerged, according to state transportation officials. DOT spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says an engineer is on his way to Skagway to find out what happened. Apparently the dock started to sink overnight and by early this morning it was totally underwater. Download Audio
Tlingit elder Cyril George Sr. has died at the age of 92. A fisherman, boat builder, master story teller, and man of great faith, George passed away last week at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Download Audio
Juneau’s Joe Tompkins will represent the United States in the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Tompkins and Andrew Kurka of Palmer are among 26 athletes named to the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Ski Team. Tompkins has had a successful World Cup career, but has never medaled in the Paralympics. Download Audio
Sam Kito III is now at work as the newest member of the Alaska Legislature. He replaces Juneau Rep. Beth Kerttula, who resigned her House seat last month for a Stanford University fellowship. Download Audio
An Airlift Northwest Lear Jet waits for a medevac call at Juneau’s airport. Airlift is ending its medevac insurance program in Alaska after losing a regulatory exemption. An Airlift Northwest Lear Jet waits for a medevac call at Juneau’s airport. Airlift Northwest could bring back its popular membership program under legislation introduced in the Alaska House and Senate.