Adelyn Baxter, KTOO - Juneau

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Savikko Park totem pole represents long-delayed healing for descendants of Douglas Indian Village

Members of the T’aaḵú Ḵwáan gathered Tuesday at Savikko Park in Douglas for the raising of the Yanyeidì Gooch kootéeyaa, or Wolf totem pole.

Newest megaship docks in Juneau for the first time

The newest megaship to ply Alaska waters arrived in Juneau Tuesday for the first time. The 4,000-passenger Norwegian Bliss was specially designed for sailing in Alaska and will be making weekly stops in Juneau through the season. Listen now

Juneau’s child care providers concerned by proposed licensing changes

Proposed regulations may make it harder for child care facilities statewide to do business. In Juneau, some daycare directors say the new rules would reduce capacity and worsen the shortage of affordable child care. Listen now

New PBS show ‘Molly of Denali’ to feature Alaska Native in title role

The animated children’s series will debut next summer. It’s the first nationally distributed children’s series to feature an Alaska Native character in a leading role. Listen now

AK: What’s the deal with Juneau’s barefoot guy?

Xtratufs, Bogs, Muck Boots — comfortable, waterproof footwear is pretty much a necessity here in Juneau. But not for the local some know as “the barefoot guy.” Listen now

Capitol rally calls for more funding to support STEAM education in Alaska

As nearly 100 people rallied for the second annual March for Science outside, legislators inside debated education funding. Listen now

Alaskan educators advocate for increased K-12 funding

School administrators, teachers and parents from across the state testified before the House Finance Committee Tuesday in support of increased school funding. Rep. Les Gara’s HB 339 would increase the base student allocation by $100 to $6,030. Listen now

U.S. Coast Guard, Juneau police test response capabilities with nuclear scenario

Juneau emergency responders trained for a simulated a terrorist threat with a nuclear device aboard a ferry. About 30 Juneau residents got to ride along for the exercise. Listen now

UA President Johnsen shares outlook for university budget

The Alaska House of Representatives passed its version of the state operating budget Monday by a narrow margin. It includes $19 million more for the University of Alaska’s operating budget than Gov. Bill Walker proposed. Listen now

Rep. Sam Kito III will not seek re-election

Rep. Sam Kito III is not running for re-election in the fall. Kito told the Juneau Empire he made his decision Friday due to financial concerns. Listen now

Social workers report dramatic increase in child abuse and neglect referrals

The state of Alaska is seeing a rise in child abuse and neglect referrals and threats to worker safety, according to those who work in the field.

Juneau students take part in national student walkout protesting gun violence

Juneau high school students took part in Wednesday’s national walkout calling for action on gun violence. More than a hundred Juneau-Douglas students marched to the state Capitol while dozens of students at Thunder Mountain gathered outside their school. Listen now

Weather hampers ongoing search for missing Mendenhall climbers

The search continues for two missing climbers who did not return from their ascent of the Mendenhall Towers last week. Winter weather has made it difficult for rescuers to search for Ryan Johnson of Juneau and Marc-Andre Leclerc of British Columbia on the Mendenhall Ice Field. Listen now

Juneau’s Dennis Egan reflects on why his successor must learn to ‘get along’

Alaska Sen. Dennis Egan has spent nearly 10 years in the state Legislature representing Juneau, Haines and Skagway. But his career and legacy has been far more varied than just politics.

University of Alaska president appeals for public support for more funding

In his State of the University address Tuesday, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen stressed the need for an increase in state funding after four years of cuts. Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed budget would flat fund the university at $317 million. Listen now

Legislators hope to fix uncertainty plaguing school budgets this session

This session, some state legislators hope to put an end to the uncertainty school districts across the state face when it comes to their budgets. House Bill 287 and Senate Bill 131 both address K-12 school funding, but in different ways. Listen now

Distillery cocktail debate continues after weekend hearing on House Bill 269

The House Community and Regional Affairs Committee met Saturday in the state Capitol to hear public testimony on House Bill 269. The bill would settle a debate over whether distilleries can serve mixed cocktails in their tasting rooms. Listen now

AK: What’s it like to drive a 54,000 pound DOT plow truck?

It’s winter, and that usually means plenty of snow and ice. Or at least it did in November, when Adelyn Baxter had the chance to ride shotgun in a 54,000-pound plow truck to learn a little about how roads in Juneau are cleared. Listen now

Juneau’s state legislators field questions, cynicism at town hall

Juneau’s state legislators hosted a town hall Thursday to hear from the public and talk through concerns. The 2018 legislative session begins next week. Listen now

Juneau’s first Year of Kindness ends, but kindness effort will continue

Juneau’s Year of Kindness, an initiative that began last January, officially ended Sunday with a celebration at Thunder Mountain High School. Listen now