Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska - Juneau

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

Funding for pro-road group approved by Juneau Assembly

At a budget belt-tightening meeting Wednesday, the Juneau Assembly teed up $20,000 for a pro-road group that’s backing the Juneau Access Project. Listen now

Return to sender: Juneau pot business blocked from mailing tax payments

Alaska tax officials have set up a system to tax licensed marijuana businesses. Due to Alaska’s geography actually getting the revenue to the state isn’t always easy. Listen now

Central Council working to put Juneau parcels into trust

Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization has applied to the federal government to put seven parcels in downtown Juneau into a federal trust. Listen now

Fire marshal: Youths confess to Twin Lakes playground fire

The two teenagers arrested for setting the Twin Lakes playground on fire Monday have confessed, and Juneau’s fire marshal has completed his investigation. Listen now

Juneau Soccer Club defrauded in online scam

An online fraud scheme has bilked the Juneau Soccer Club out of more than $13,700. Listen now

AK: Attacking avalanches before they strike

Most of Juneau's power is hydroelectric. Getting that power to the community requires transmission lines that traverse through miles of avalanche country. That's why Alaska Electric Light and Power Company hires helicopter crews to trigger slides to prevent destructive avalanches from knocking out the power. Listen now

High school student honored for Gold Creek rescue

A 14-year-old Juneau high school student was honored by the governor’s office today for rescuing a five-year-old boy he saw fall into a fast-running creek. Listen now

AK: The history of the water fluoride debate in Juneau

Earlier this year the Anchorage Assembly nixed a ballot initiative to cease fluoridating its water supply.Despite setbacks, activists there vow to keep the effort alive. Listen now

Juneau Assembly bans homeless from sleeping downtown

A divided Juneau Assembly passed a controversial anti-camping ordinance Feb. 13 to ban homeless people from sleeping near downtown businesses. Listen now

Juneau’s proposed ‘camping ban’ could affect HUD funding

An ordinance to ban the homeless from camping in the downtown core continues to generate controversy. Now there’s questions over whether a ban could affect the community’s access to federal housing dollars. Listen now

Alaska Marijuana Control Board nixes on-site consumption

The state’s Marijuana Control Board was set to regulate the consumption of marijuana at licensed retailers. If it had been approved, Alaska would have been the first state in the nation to allow on-site consumption. But that’s now moot. Listen now

Juneau’s downtown cruise terminal preparing for bigger boats

A $54 million project to add a pair of floating cruise ship berths to Juneau’s downtown waterfront is within months of completion. The project will expand the port’s capacity to accommodate larger vessels. That’s because cruise ships in Alaska are getting bigger. Listen now

Could ticketing the homeless help downtown Juneau?

Local policymakers are considering giving police the power to ticket homeless people that sleep outside in downtown Juneau. A statewide count conducted a year ago found 50 people living without shelter in the community, and another 160 in shelters and transitional housing. Listen now

Juneau Empire publisher departs abruptly

There’s been more turnover at the top of Juneau’s daily newspaper. Publisher Rustan Burton has left the Juneau Empire after nearly four years at the helm. Listen now

Juneau mayor meets with pro-road boosters ahead of 2017 legislative session

A road to Juneau is all but dead in the water this budget year but Juneau’s mayor and like-minded advocates are determined to keep pushing for the half-billion dollar project.

Research Team Searches Amchitka for Nuclear Contamination

A research team is on the western Aleutian Island of Amchitka looking for residual contamination from a 20th century military legacy that culminated in three underground nuclear tests.

Residents Return to Unalaska and Dutch Harbor after Tsunami Warning

Downtown Unalaska and Dutch Harbor emptied out after a tsunami warning triggered an evacuation of the entire community to high ground.

Australian Cruise Ship Stops in Unalaska Despite Landing Decreases

An Australian cruise ship on its inaugural voyage stopped over in Unalaska this week on its way to Russia and Japan. Cruise ship landings are becoming more and more rare in the remote Aleutian community.

Eagles Attack Two Women in Dutch Harbor

Two women reported being attacked by bald eagles Monday morning in separate attacks less than two hours apart at the Dutch Harbor post office.

Fishery Safety Experts Unhappy with Program Cancellation

Commercial fishing remains one of the most dangerous occupations in the country. So, safety experts are crying foul over the Obama administration’s proposal to cancel a program run by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that’s working to reduce fisheries-related deaths and injuries.