Adelyn Baxter, KTOO - Juneau


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.
The city of Hoonah on May 2, 2019 (Photo by David Purdy, KTOO - Juneau)

Hoonah sets new borders in bid to form borough. But, it overlaps with Juneau’s annexation plan.

Hoonah has been talking about forming its own borough for 30 years, and now ⁠— for the first time ⁠— the city has filed a petition with the Local Boundary Commission.

Alaska communities are one step closer to collecting online sales tax

Alaska communities that collect sales tax are getting close to leveling the playing field between online retailers and brick and mortar stores.

Overcrowding leads to loss of hobby shop at Juneau prison

The Alaska Department of Corrections announced this week that it also plans to move inmates out of state to address overcapacity in its prison system.

Tourism advocates say proposed Roadless Rule exemption threatens industry’s growth

Tourism jobs outnumber timber industry jobs by more than 20-to-1. And tour operators say allowing more logging and land development in the Tongass directly threatens their businesses.

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.