Adelyn Baxter, KTOO - Juneau


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 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.