Adelyn Baxter, KTOO - Juneau


While Alaska vacations are on hold, would-be tourists support Alaska businesses from afar

Tourists from around the country are buying online from Alaska's businesses after their trips were canceled, but tourism businesses are also hoping for a surge in Alaskan bookings.

Early prisoner release to slow coronavirus spread? Corrections commissioner says it’s ‘not on the table’

While other states have decided to release some prisoners early in order to ease the overcrowding of prison's, Alaska officials say they won't be taking that step.

Seventh staffer at Lemon Creek Correctional tests positive; inmates ask for more cleaning supplies

An inmate at the Juneau facility says that no new cleaning supplies have been distributed since the beginning of the pandemic.

There are four COVID-19 cases at a Juneau correctional center

Four recent confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Juneau are all staff members at Lemon Creek Correctional Center, according to the Alaska Department of Corrections.

From conventions to quarantines: Juneau’s Centennial Hall gets repurposed

The convention center will be used to house people who need to quarantine but don't have the space of their own.

‘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.