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Juneau, cruise industry reach tentative agreement on passenger fees

The tentative agreement brings an end to almost three years of litigation between Cruise Lines International Association Alaska and the City and Borough of Juneau over how the city spends passenger fees.

Juneau legislators address budget concerns at town hall

In back-to-back town hall meetings this week, Juneau city officials and legislators addressed concerns about Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed state budget. The City and Borough of Juneau has said it stands to lose more than $28 million from reductions in state funding.

Boeing plane involved in two deadly crashes not currently operating in Alaska

United and American Airlines said they do not currently fly the 737 Max 8 to Alaska and Alaska Airlines does not currently operate any Max planes — but plans to add several to its fleet this summer.

Juneau businesses find themselves in alcohol license limbo as legislators work to change laws

Businesses in Juneau and across Alaska have been surprised to find their alcohol license renewals denied by the state recently. A new bill could solve the issue, but legislators say more reforms are necessary to overhaul Alaska’s alcohol laws.

Juneau Assembly rejects cruise invitation, citing possible conflicts of interest

The four-day trip between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Los Angeles will be the Norwegian Joy’s inaugural U.S. voyage. But some Assembly members questioned the company’s motives at Monday’s meeting.

Search team investigates potential piece of missing Guardian Flight plane

According to a Guardian Flight Facebook post, a search team recently located a large object in Frederick Sound that they think could be part of the missing aircraft.

Juneau considers proposal to offer more shore power to cruise ships

Allowing more cruise ships to connect to shore power when they visit Juneau might mean less pollution and more money for the local electric utility. But could Alaska Electric Light & Power handle the increased volume?

Community mourns loss of missing Guardian Flight colleagues

The Juneau-based crew of a medevac plane went missing last week. The news hit the medical evacuation community in Alaska particularly hard.

Survey will monitor cruise ship emissions in downtown Juneau this summer

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation shared a new plan Tuesday to start tracking air quality in downtown Juneau in order to learn more about the impact of cruise ship emissions.

Juneau residents are noticing an extra charge on their Amazon receipts. Here’s why

At the start of the new year, Amazon shoppers in Juneau started noticing a new charge on their purchases — city sales tax.  After the company made some changes, the majority of Amazon purchases made...

With CLIAA lawsuit at an end, Juneau considers proposals for marine passenger fee revenue

A federal judge has issued a final decision in a three-year-old case between the cruise industry and the City and Borough of Juneau.

AEL&P parent company and Canadian Hydro One call off merger

The proposed merger between the parent company of Juneau’s power utility and a Canadian power company is dead. That’s according to Hydro One and Avista, who announced Wednesday they had terminated the deal.

Why Mount Jumbo won’t be logged anytime soon

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board has approved its largest land exchange to date, a deal that would swap about 18,000 acres of trust-owned land in Southeast Alaska for roughly 20,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land.

Pivotal House race recount now favors LeBon by 1 vote

The recount in the pivotal House District 1 race has ended, and the new count favors Bart LeBon by one vote. A LeBon victory would mean Republican control of the Alaska House of Representatives.

New Juneau committee tackles child care availability

According to a report by the Southeast Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children, there are only enough licensed child care slots for one in five children under school age in Juneau.

Eaglecrest delays opening day

Opening day at Eaglecrest Ski Area was set for this coming weekend, but temperatures and lack of snow mean the season will be pushed back at least another week.

Otter skin sewing workshops promote ‘sustainable cottage industry’ in coastal Alaska

Sealaska Heritage Institute hopes the classes can promote cottage industries in smaller communities and maybe even offer a sustainable solution to the region’s fast-growing sea otter population.

Appeals court upholds decision not to test DNA evidence from 1982 murder

The Alaska Court of Appeals affirmed a superior court ruling Friday and will not test DNA evidence in a 36-year-old double murder case in Juneau. Newton Lambert was convicted of the murder of Anne Benolken in 1982 but acquitted in the killing of her husband, James Benolken.

Juneau seasonal cold weather emergency shelter begins operations Thursday

This is the second winter the City and Borough of Juneau will operate the shelter. The facility in the old state public safety building on Whittier Street sleeps up to 28 people and operates from 11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. through April 15.

UAS sees increase in first-year students, career and technical education enrollment

Enrollment is down across the University of Alaska system. But at the Southeast campus, enrollment is actually up for first-year students and students enrolled in career and technical programs. Listen now