Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska - Juneau

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska - Juneau
Jacob Resneck is CoastAlaska's regional news director in Juneau.

Alaska Sen. Dennis Egan won’t seek re-election

Alaska Sen. Dennis Egan won’t seek re-election this year due to poor health. Early contenders to seek his seat include Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association CEO Larry Cotter and possibly Juneau Assemblyman Jesse Kiehl. Listen now

Alaska Attorney General started defending Juneau in a lawsuit. Then it changed its mind.

The Attorney General filed a friend of the court brief in support of the City and Borough of Juneau in its cruise ship lawsuit. Less than 24 hours the state withdrew, claiming the filing was an “error due to internal miscommunications.” Listen now

Alaska marijuana board gets more industry-friendly chair

Mark Springer of Bethel has been elevated to chairman by his peers on the Alaska Marijuana Control Board. The state’s pot industry had criticized his predecessor as a “prohibitionist.” Listen now

Angoon protests Admiralty Island annexation

A delegation from Angoon including the city’s mayor is protesting the City and Borough of Juneau’s attempt to annexing parts of Admiralty Island. Listen now

Alaska Board of Fisheries navigates ‘uncharted territory’ for Southeast’s king salmon

The Alaska Board of Fisheries faces some tough decisions this week. One of those is how to conserve dwindling king salmon stocks in a way that won’t financially cripple Southeast salmon fishermen.Listen now

Prince of Wales Island schools started growing food. Now 1st graders are binging on broccoli

One Southeast school district has been raising fruits and vegetables in greenhouses, because it’s easier to get kids to eat their greens if those children have grown those vegetables themselves. Listen now

Juneau’s eagle nest buffers scrapped on 5-4 vote

Protections for eagle nests have been removed from Juneau’s land use code following action by the Juneau Assembly that came down to a single vote. Listen now

Juneau’s legal bills mount from cruise ship lawsuit

The Juneau Assembly approved another quarter million dollars to defend itself in a federal lawsuit brought by the cruise ship industry. Listen now

Juneau’s domestic violence shelter opens to all genders

Juneau’s domestic violence shelter will begin accepting male victims of abuse in the New Year. The shift in policy brings the social care organization that operates it in compliance with federal law. Listen now

Marine scientist Michelle Ridgway remembered for being outspoken conservationist

Juneau marine scientist Michelle Ridgway, an accomplished deep sea diver, has died as a result of a car crash. The 54-year-old conservationist was one of the few ever to explore undersea canyons in the Bering Sea. Listen now

Juneau revisits scrapping eagle nest protections

A similar effort stalled in 2012 following public outcry. City staff say the problem now is there aren’t enough federal biologists to map eagles’ nests, so enforcement is inconsistent. Listen now

Tax appeal challenges Alaska’s fish landing tax

A dispute over a fishing company’s tax bill is challenging Alaska’s fisheries resource landing tax on constitutional grounds. The landing tax is crucial for fishing dependent communities that receive half the revenue. Listen now

Don Young raises concerns over AEL&P purchase

Congressman Don Young has written a letter with concerns about the proposed takeover of AEL&P by Ontario’s Hydro One. Following a fresh filing, the new public comment period runs through Dec. 21. Listen now

Safety of Alaska-bound fuel barges under scrutiny

Two incidents involving Alaska-bound fuel barges transiting the Inside Passage in 13 months has renewed outcry over the hazards of shipping refined petroleum products through the narrow straits of the Inside Passage. Southeast Alaska's fuel supply mostly runs through Canada's territorial waters. Listen now

AK: Talking Trash: Composting startup tackles Juneau’s green waste

A small Juneau start-up is proving that household composting works. Lisa Daugherty of Juneau Composts! is already receiving accolades for her subscription-based service that's keeping tons of green waste out of the landfill. Listen now

Distressed fuel barge awaits inspection following tug detachment

A Ketchikan-bound fuel barge loaded with a million gallons of diesel and gasoline that detached from its tug is now anchored with a protective boom around it while it awaits inspections by Canadian authorities. Listen now

Alaska-bound fuel barge runs into trouble in Canadian waters

A fuel-laden barge bound for Alaska ran broke free from its tug in stormy seas. Canadian officials say the U.S. vessel is back under control but the incident reignites a debate over petroleum shipments in the Inside Passage. Listen now

Talking Trash: Isolated Gustavus deals with national park-sized garbage problem

Gustavus with less than 500 year-round residents is remote. Yet it gets about 20,000 annual visitors who stay at lodges and step off tour boats.To stay on top of this influx, it aggressively recycles. Listen now

Regulator stalls Hydro One’s bid for Juneau utility

Hydro One had requested the Regulatory Commission of Alaska waive the requirement that the Canadian company obtain an Alaska business license. The RCA refused,restaring the process from scratch. Listen now

Subsistence council proposal would allow bear baiting on federal lands

Bear baiting on federal lands in Southeast may be allowed next year if a proposal by a regional subsistence advisory council is approved. The council also recommended ending a requirement that traps be marked with identifying numbers. Listen now