Adelyn Baxter, KTOO - Juneau


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

UA president: Flat funding limits education, training and economic development

The university system employs 1,183 fewer people than it did three years ago, student enrollment has declined 15 percent and tuition is increasing.

Local athletes hope to represent Juneau at Native Youth Olympics

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

Educational partnership mixes math with Native design

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 in Anchorage on June 3, 2016. (Photo by Josh Edge/APRN)

University of Alaska regents to discuss budget and tuition increases

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

ASAA approves request to combine Juneau’s high school football teams

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

Juneau residents and roads dry out after record rains

As the Juneau area dried out over the weekend, residents were able to take stock of the damage from Friday’s record-setting rain.

STEM advocates build network for Southeast classrooms to connect with local experts

“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

On re-election bid, Gov. Walker says he’s made difficult decisions that he must own

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.

Same building, new name: Sayéik Gastineau Community School

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

UAS, Coast Guard establish training and scholarship program for students

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

Rep. Birch asks governor to move special session to Anchorage

An Anchorage lawmaker is requesting the Legislature’s October special session be held in Anchorage instead of Juneau. Listen now

University of Alaska students may see 10 percent tuition hike over next two years

University of Alaska officials are considering a 5 percent tuition increase in each of the next two academic years. Listen now
Jim Johnsen at a meet and greet in Juneau, July 7, 2015. Johnsen is a candidate for University of Alaska president. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

UA president calls for action on DACA ahead of regents meeting in Juneau

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