Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska's Energy Desk - Juneau


Tlingit cultural items could be headed back to Alaska

The items, which currently sit at the museum of the University of Maine, could be returned to Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, under a federal law that allows for the removal of such objects.

Lawsuit over cultural appropriation of Native designs proceeds, despite Neiman Marcus bankrupty

The retailer Neiman Marcus sold a Ravenstail knitted coat on its website for $2500, which contained the same patterns as a coat designed by a Native weaver.

Weaver Lily Hope donates Chilkat Protector mask to Juneau’s Sealaska Heritage Institute

Weaver Lily Hope created a similar mask as part of an online art competition in April.

You might be on a megayacht, but you’re still subject to Alaska’s COVID-19 travel mandates

Though cruise ships aren't allowed in Southeast Alaska this summer, a recent visit by the boat of the owner of the Dallas Cowboys is as big as many cruise ships. But city officials say that wealth won't let you bypass quarantine and testing mandates.

With food supplies threatened by pandemic, tribes say they’re still waiting for permission for special hunts

Tribal governments who requested special hunts in April in order to secure food security for their communities say they still haven't heard back from regulators.

Airline passenger brings first case of COVID-19 to Southeast town of Gustavus

The person is not an Alaska resident and appears to be asymptomatic. They are currently in self-quarantine.

A Chilkat mask remembers how ‘we took care of each other’ during the pandemic

Lily Hope weaving a Chilkat blanket in 2016. (Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO) Chilkat weaving has been practiced for hundreds of years by Indigenous people on the Northwest Coast. The intricate...

With social distancing in mind, a Juneau food cart rigs up a drive-thru

The coronavirus pandemic necessitated some creative thinking for Juneau restaurants. One shifted business from a food-cart style to a drive-thru.

Fred Meyer starts accepting SNAP benefits for curbside pickup

But the WIC program from expectant mothers and children is still not available for curbside ordering at the grocery chain.

Social distancing at a logging camp? An Alaska operator wants more resources

Logging companies in Ketchikan need workers from the Lower 48, but options for testing for the corornavirus are limited in the small community.

Sealaska sues Nieman Marcus for allegedly using Native design in $2,500 coat

Sealaska Heritage Institute has filed a federal lawsuit against the high-end fashion retailer Neiman Marcus, alleging the company copied a traditional Ravenstail pattern when it produced a coat that retails for more than $2,500.

In time of anxiety, therapist says there’s a lot the forest can teach us

Scientific evidence backs up the claim that being around the forest and other outdoor areas can lower blood pressure and stress hormones.

Alaska’s struggling timber industry can now hit pause on federal contracts

The U.S. Forest Service is allowing extensions on existing timber sale contracts with sawmills and timber operators during the coronavirus pandemic.

Amid food supply chain concerns, tribal governments request emergency hunts

Some communities off the road system aren't counting on state promises to ship in packaged meats, and say that the emergency hunts are required to secure food resources during the coronavirus emergency.

State responds to ‘oily water’ spill at Trans-Alaska Pipeline terminal in Valdez

The amount of oil that was released is unknown at this time, but crews under contract with Alyeska have corralled a 30-foot by 30-foot area of oily water and are attempting a cleanup.

For SNAP and WIC recipients, buying groceries during a pandemic is complicated

Recipients of SNAP and WIC benefits are finding themselves in a tight spot trying to avoid catching the coronavirus while getting food for their families

Amalga Distillery in Juneau is making hand sanitizer for organizations in need

One Juneau distillery has gone from serving cocktails to serving its community in a different way: making hand sanitizer.

USDA opens investigation into why Forest Service grant was given to Alaska to work on Roadless Rule

The federal Office of the Inspector General is opening an investigation into how the U.S. Forest Service granted millions of dollars to the State of Alaska to work on a Roadless Rule decision in the Tongass National Forest.

‘Much of Alaska’s history is not here anymore’: The National Archives are moving again, this time even farther away

In 2014, despite public outcry, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget decided to move Alaska's federal archives to Seattle. Now those archives could be moving again, to California and Missouri.

Donald Trump Jr. is headed to Juneau for a hunting trip. The cost to join him: $150,000.

Donald Trump Jr. and his son will be embarking on a weeklong hunt for Sitka black-tailed deer and ducks in Southeast Alaska — and a spot to join them was auctioned off to the highest bidder.