Adelyn Baxter, KTOO - Juneau
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.
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
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
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
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 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 Year of Kindness, an initiative that began last January, officially ended Sunday with a celebration at Thunder Mountain High School. Listen now
The university system employs 1,183 fewer people than it did three years ago, student enrollment has declined 15 percent and tuition is increasing.
Every year, hundreds of students from around the state gather in Anchorage for the Native Youth Olympics. For the first time since 1983, Juneau is putting together a team. Listen now
A program mixing Alaska Native art with high school math is part of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s latest efforts to promote culture and foster the next generation of Native artists. Listen now
The University of Alaska Board of Regents meets tomorrow and Friday in Anchorage to vote on the university budget and proposed tuition increases. State funding to the university has declined by about $60 million since 2014, forcing cutbacks in academic programming, faculty and staff across campuses. Listen now
The Alaska School Activities Association has approved a request from the Juneau School District to combine its high school football teams and cheer squads beginning next fall. The request was approved by a 4-1 vote at Thursday’s ASAA Board of Directors meeting. Listen now
As the Juneau area dried out over the weekend, residents were able to take stock of the damage from Friday’s record-setting rain.
“I can tell the kids, yeah, when I was an engineer I did this, but that was a long time ago and it doesn’t have the same credibility as somebody who’s actually doing it day to day,” Carol May, a former engineer who now teaches statistics and computer science at TMHS, said. Listen now
Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott’s re-election campaign kicked off Sunday afternoon in Juneau. About 100 community members showed up to Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall for music, face painting and food.
Gastineau Community School has been renamed Sayéik Gastineau Community School. The Juneau School Board voted unanimously to add the traditional Tlingit name, which loosely translates to “spirit helper.” Listen now
By next fall, the first batch of University of Alaska Southeast undergraduates are expected to begin a first-of-its-kind scholarship program for Alaska. Listen now
An Anchorage lawmaker is requesting the Legislature’s October special session be held in Anchorage instead of Juneau. Listen now
University of Alaska officials are considering a 5 percent tuition increase in each of the next two academic years. Listen now
Earlier this week, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen wrote Alaska’s congressional delegation urging it to quickly resolve the Trump administration’s directive to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Listen now