Adelyn Baxter, KTOO - Juneau


Legislature passes bill allowing Alaska State Fair, ski areas to serve alcohol

Several business and venues across the state were caught off guard when the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board began denying recreational site license renewals last year, saying they did not meet the criteria in state law.

Juneau Assembly committee recommends city invest in child care

The Juneau Assembly Childcare Committee formed in November. Mayor Beth Weldon tasked it answering two key questions: Should child care be a part of municipal activities, and if so, should early education be a part of that?

Cruise industry responds to community concerns about environmental impacts

With another cruise season about to begin, the tourism industry and Juneau are both looking at ways to respond to public concerns about air quality.

With building set for demolition, future of Juneau’s cold weather shelter unclear

The number of people experiencing homelessness in Juneau has grown in recent years, but the city is unsure if its cold weather emergency shelter will reopen next winter.

Juneau considers allowing pot cafes inside licensed retailers

As the City and Borough of Juneau explores whether to allow people to use marijuana inside some businesses, local assembly members have mixed opinions on the issue.

AK: Know the risks before you visit Mendenhall Glacier’s newest ice cave

Although the famous blue caverns from several years ago have disappeared, word of a new cave spread over social media this winter and brought crowds to the glacier. But while hiking to the cave is a remarkable experience, it also comes with some risk.

Juneau homeless service providers worry governor’s budget could close facilities

In Juneau, providers say the loss of funding could put some of Alaska’s most vulnerable residents back on the streets.

Juneau Assembly accepts settlement agreement with cruise industry

“We’re certainly pleased with the settlement,” the head of the cruise industry association said. “It’s really an opportunity for all of us in the cruise industry and the community of Juneau to move forward.”

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.