Adelyn Baxter, KTOO - Juneau


After record-breaking season, Juneau task force takes on tourism challenges

Cruise ships in Juneau. (Photo by Alexandra Gutierrez/APRN) Should the City and Borough of Juneau do more to directly address its growing tourism industry? That’s...

When it comes to cruise ship passengers, how much is too much? Visitor industry insiders differ.

While some Alaska communities and tour operators look to expand their foothold in the cruise industry, others voice concern about the need for serious conversations about how much is too much.

Norwegian Cruise Line makes $20M high bid for Juneau waterfront property

The desirable downtown Juneau property was appraised at $3.6 million.

2 Juneau 13-year-olds in custody after alleged school shooting threat

Juneau police received a report Wednesday night from someone who overheard two students at Floyd Dryden Middle School talking about bringing a gun to school and shooting people.

Diocese of Juneau finds ‘credible evidence’ of sexual misconduct by Southeast Alaska priests

A report commissioned by the Diocese of Juneau found “credible evidence” that seven people who served the Catholic Church in Southeast Alaska since 1951 engaged in sexual misconduct involving minors or vulnerable adults.

Alaska’s Planned Parenthood chapter withdraws from federal family planning program

The announcement came in response to new rules from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that bar health care providers from referring patients for abortion if they receive funding through Title X.

Juneau moves forward with annexation proposal

The Juneau Assembly is advancing its petition to annex parts of Admiralty Island, despite an attempt by an Assembly member to bring the issue back for further review.

Juneau Assembly approves local on-site marijuana consumption

The new ordinance, which allows patrons to consume marijuana edibles inside licensed retailers and smoke in designated outdoor areas, takes effect in 30 days.

Juneau’s Glory Hall will cut breakfast, lunch service in response to budget vetoes

The most recent state budget cuts mean the shelter will have to reduce its hours. The building will close from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., likely starting next month. That means no breakfast and no lunch.

NOAA closes investigation into close call between cruise ship and humpback whales

NOAA Fisheries confirmed that the agency’s Office of Law Enforcement determined Holland America Line’s Eurdoam altered course and slowed speed as it approached the humpback whales on June 24.

In tribute to original residents, Juneau Assembly renames downtown Willoughby District

Formerly known as the Willoughby District, the area will now be known as the Aak’w Village District, paying homage to its original residents.

Feds investigate video of cruise ship in near-miss with humpback whales

Federal regulators are investigating video footage that appears to show a Holland America Line cruise ship narrowly missing a pod of humpback whales while on its way to Juneau.

Angoon residents, supporters protest Juneau’s annexation petition

A fight over land is reigniting after the City and Borough of Juneau submitted a proposal to annex portions of Admiralty Island to the state’s Local Boundary Commission.

How bad are cruise ship emissions in downtown Juneau? An air quality survey aims to find out.

This summer, a state agency is conducting an air quality study in downtown Juneau, with an eye toward measuring the impact of cruise ship emissions. Here’s how Juneau residents are helping.

State employees anxious as government shutdown threat looms

A state operating budget is now on its way to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s desk. The question is whether it will be enough to prevent a government shutdown on July 1.

Community remembers Guardian Flight crew lost in January plane crash

In an emotional memorial service in Juneau, speakers remembered pilot Patrick Coyle, paramedic Margaret Langston and flight nurse Stacie Morse, who was pregnant with a daughter, Delta Rae.

Juneau struggles to keep up as junk cars continue piling up

Like many communities in Alaska, Juneau has no roads leading in or out. That presents a problem when it comes to getting rid of vehicles no one wants anymore.

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.