Adelyn Baxter, KTOO - Juneau


‘Hunker down’ doesn’t mean much when you’re homeless

People experiencing homelessness are exempt under the city’s hunker down order and a statewide order issued Friday. For many of them, the threat of a pandemic is not as high of a priority as staying warm or getting their next meal.

Juneau coronavirus patient is in critical care, the first Alaskan hospitalized with the virus

A patient with COVID-19 was currently in the critical care unit at Bartlett Regional Hospital on Tuesday.

Juneau mandates quarantines for certain visitors, begins voluntary screenings at the airport

As more positive cases of COVID-19 continue to appear in Alaska, the City and Borough of Juneau is eyeing the community’s main point of entry: the airport.

City working through ‘what ifs’ as the Westerdam — and cruise ship season — makes its way toward Juneau

At a special Juneau Assembly meeting Monday night, a panel of public health experts and cruise officials tried to address as many of the outstanding questions about the Westerdam and the upcoming cruise season as possible.

Juneau police say state won’t charge officer for use of force in fatal shooting

The state will not bring criminal charges against a Juneau police officer involved in a fatal shooting late last year.

The Westerdam, turned away from Asia ports over coronavirus fears, will dock in Juneau

One passenger from the Westerdam initially tested positive for the virus but has since been cleared. All passengers have now left the ship, and the crew has tested negative.

Change of plans due to coronavirus? Alaska Airlines is temporarily suspending cancellation and change fees.

Alaska Airlines will allow passengers to change or cancel bookings without penalty for the next two weeks in response to travel concerns from coronavirus.

Cruise ships dumped more than 3 million pounds of trash in Juneau last year

During the 2019 summer tourism season, cruise ship companies dumped more than 3 million pounds of trash at Juneau’s private landfill.

Gas leak empties Juneau grocery store

Capital City Fire/Rescue evacuated Foodland IGA Monday morning in response to a possible carbon monoxide leak.

As ferry disruption drags on, grocery shelves in small Southeast Alaska communities go bare

As the shutdown in regional ferry service continues, communities like Angoon, Gustavus, Hoonah and others that rely on ferries are desperately seeking options to get the things they need.

Coin commemorating Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich released

The U.S. Mint released a coin commemorating the work of Alaska Native leader Elizabeth Peratrovich on Wednesday.

Juneau officials hold private meeting with governor

It was originally advertised as a special Assembly meeting, but city officials changed their minds.

Four Alaskans win cash prizes in first-ever PFD education raffle

The raffle is designed to raise money for K-12 education by allowing Alaskans 18 and over to donate a portion of their permanent fund dividends to enter.

Alaska DOC reverses plans to send prison inmates out of state

Alaska Department of Corrections Commissioner Nancy Dahlstrom told state lawmakers that she canceled the bid process during a committee hearing Thursday.
Crews attempt to turn over a trailer that was flipped over by wind at the subport lot downtown on Jan. 16, 2020. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)

High wind damages property, cancels flights in Juneau

Alaska Airlines cancelled nine flights in and out of Juneau by midday. A high wind warning remains in effect until Friday morning.

Juneau makes plans to impound abandoned tugboat after it drags anchor

Strong winds and high tides over the weekend caused the tugboat Lumberman to drag anchor from its position on state tidelands.

Norwegian Cruise Line starts planning new Juneau dock as community weighs tourism questions

As an executive from Norwegian Cruise Line made the rounds in Juneau to talk about plans for a new private dock downtown, neighborhood associations came together for the first time to share their own thoughts on the industry.

Family of man killed by police in Fairbanks files lawsuit

Cody Eyre’s family claims that the city of Fairbanks and the Alaska Department of Public Safety failed to properly train officers to respond to a mental health crisis, and that officers used excessive force.

Juneau is nuts for public use cabins. If you want to book the new one, get in line.

Eaglecrest Ski Area Marketing Manager Charlie Herrington said it felt like trying to get Burning Man or Coachella tickets.

Alaska communities establish new plan to collect sales tax from online vendors

At the Alaska Municipal League conference in Anchorage, representatives from 15 municipalities signed an agreement to set up a new system for collecting online sales tax.