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Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO - Juneau

Rosemarie Alexander is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

Bruce Denton, right, leads the downtown cleanup. (Photo courtesy Brent Fischer/CBJ Parks & Recreation)

Juneau Turns Out For Downtown Cleanup

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.

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July 30, 2014
Buildings beyond the Gastineau Apartments need paint and other work. The apartment building burned in November 2012. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

Coalition Forms to Address Downtown Juneau Problems

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.

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July 28, 2014
The Lemon Creek Correctional Center. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Corrections)

Juneau Police Arrest Suspect in Gold Street Racial Incident; May Also be Suspect in Celebration Case

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.

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July 7, 2014

Officials Hope Expanded Juneau Baggage Screening System Reduces Airline Delays

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.

June 19, 2014
(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

2,000 Dancers Make Grand Entrance To Celebration

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.

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June 12, 2014
Kerttula Takes Ocean Policy Job In Obama Administration

Kerttula Takes Ocean Policy Job In Obama Administration

Former Juneau Rep. Beth Kerttula has joined the Obama Administration as Director of the National Ocean Council Office.

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June 6, 2014
Earthquake Shakes Southeast Alaska

Earthquake Shakes Southeast Alaska

An earthquake shook some Southeast Alaska residents out of bed early Wednesday morning. The 5.8 preliminary magnitude quake with a depth of about 14 miles hit just before 4 a.m., according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center.

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June 4, 2014
Juneau Man Solves Mystery Of Governor’s Mansion Photo

Juneau Man Solves Mystery Of Governor’s Mansion Photo

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.

June 4, 2014
Sam Kito lll (left), Sen. Dennis Egan (middle), and Rep. Cathy Munoz (right). (Photos by Skip Gray)

No Primary, Only General Election Contest For Juneau Legislators

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.

June 3, 2014
A laptop was taken from Byron Mallott’s Anchorage campaign office. (APRN photo)

Mallott Campaign Computer Stolen

A laptop computer with donors’ financial information has been stolen from the Anchorage office of the Byron Mallott gubernatorial campaign. The laptop was discovered missing about 7 p.m. Wednesday, as volunteers were wrapping up their day.

June 2, 2014
Most Territorial Court Records Will Stay In Alaska

Most Territorial Court Records Will Stay In Alaska

Most of Alaska’s Territorial Court records will not be transferred to the National Archives in Seattle, but will stay in Alaska.

June 2, 2014
Last summer a ribbon-cutting opened three more miles of Glacier Highway and construction continued to improve existing stretches. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Kito: Will There Be Enough Return On Juneau Access To Justify Investment?

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.

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May 23, 2014
Remembering Harvey B. Marvin

Remembering Harvey B. Marvin

Tlingit elder Harvey B. Marvin has died at the age of 81. Marvin grew up in Hoonah, worked for the public health service in Sitka and was the state of Alaska’s first Native auditor.

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May 19, 2014
Banking Error Delays State Payroll

Banking Error Delays State Payroll

About 15,000 state of Alaska employees will wait another day for their paychecks, due to a banking glitch. Direct deposits were not processed as expected by U.S. Bank on Monday, according to the Administration Department.

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May 12, 2014
The Juneau Symphony and Juneau Symphony Chorus performed the Mozart Requiem, April 5 & 6, 2014. (Photo by Glen Fairchild)

Three To Try Out For Juneau Symphony Conductor

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.

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April 25, 2014
The AMHS dock in Skagway sank overnight. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities)

Ferry Dock In Skagway Sinks

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.

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April 24, 2014
Cyril George Sr. in 2007, speaking at Angoon Presbyterian Church, where his son Joey George is pastor. (Photo by Skip Gray/KTOO)

Tlingit Elder, Master Storyteller Cyril George Dies

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.

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April 22, 2014

Juneau Athlete Representing U.S. At Paralympic Winter Games

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.

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March 4, 2014
House Democrats Confirm Kito To Downtown Juneau Seat

House Democrats Confirm Kito To Downtown Juneau Seat

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.

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February 25, 2014

Legislation Would Reinstate Medevac Membership Programs

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.

February 17, 2014