Adelyn Baxter, KTOO - Juneau

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Change of plans due to coronavirus? Alaska Airlines is temporarily suspending cancellation and change fees.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Alaska Airlines cancelled nine flights in and out of Juneau by midday. A high wind warning remains in effect until Friday morning.

Juneau makes plans to impound abandoned tugboat after it drags anchor

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Should the City and Borough of Juneau do more to directly address its growing tourism industry? That’s the question Mayor Beth Weldon has charged a new visitor industry task force with answering. The move follows...

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

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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.