Adelyn Baxter, KTOO - Juneau


49 Voices: Ralph Watkins on Hoonah

This week we're hearing from Ralph Watkins in Hoonah. Watkins is the superintendent of Hoonah city schools and was involved in the annual ḵu.éex’ festival, which celebrates the cities Tlingit culture and heritage. Listen now

Juneau teens rap about Tlingit culture in new bilingual music video

The song features rhymes about picking blueberries, Southeast Alaska and smoking "a fat pound of salmon." Listen now

Lemon Creek inmates study Latin etymology and epic poems behind bars

Taking GED or vocational classes in prison is not unusual. But at Juneau’s Lemon Creek Correctional Center, a small group is studying Latin, a language that’s been dead for centuries. Listen now

Juneau seeks community help with $1 million endowment for Alaska College of Education

The City and Borough of Juneau is looking to the community for help meeting the remainder of its $1 million commitment to the University of Alaska’s new education college. Listen now

Elders look on with pride as younger generations step up at Celebration 2018

What began 36 years ago as an attempt to save Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures from extinction has become a vibrant reminder that Alaska Native traditions are alive and thriving. Listen now

49 Voices: Nellie Vale of Yakutat

This week we're hearing from Nellie Vale who arrived to Celebration 2018 in the Yakutat canoe. 10-year-old Vale decided to introduce herself with her Tlingit name. Listen now

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.