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Jennifer Canfield is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.
Gov. Bill Walker, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, and Tlngit Haida Central Council President Richard Peterson at council assembly April 17. Mallott received a lifetime achievement award. (Creative Commons photo courtesy Alaska Governor’s Office)

Alaska Supreme Court: State must enforce Central Council’s child support orders

The State of Alaska must recognize and enforce the Tlingit-Haida Central Council’s child support orders, according to a state Supreme Court decision issued Friday. That’s something the Walker administration chose to do when it signed an agreement with the Central Council earlier this month. The state Supreme Court decision makes that agreement legally binding regardless of any administration change. Download Audio

Juneau chef a semifinalist for prestigious national award

A Juneau chef has once again been nominated for one of the food world’s highest honors. Beau Schooler, chef at the Rookery Café in downtown Juneau, is one of 30 named by the James Beard Foundation as a semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year.

‘Our Voices Will Be Heard’ brings child sexual abuse saga to stage

Set in a fictional Tlingit village in the late 19th century, “Our Voices Will Be Heard” is Vera Starbard’s semi-autobiographical story of a mother whose daughter is sexually abused by a relative. The show premiered Friday at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau and will play in Anchorage in February. Download Audio

Missing woman’s husband charged with murder

The husband of the former Juneau woman who went missing on New Year’s Day has been charged with murder, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

Juneau police confirm Mayor Greg Fisk found dead at home

Juneau’s newly elected mayor was found dead in his home Monday afternoon. Greg Fisk was 70-years-old.

Juneau mayor found dead in home

Juneau police have confirmed that Mayor Greg Fisk was found dead at his home on Monday afternoon.

Family remembers man who died at AFN

Anthony Choquette’s brother-in-law said the family did everything they could to help him before he committed suicide last month at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage. Download Audio

Subsistence fishing case may set legal precedent on other limits

Charges against three Southeast subsistence fishermen — including former Sen. Albert Kookesh — have once again been dismissed. Download Audio

Family remembers man who died at AFN

Anthony Choquette’s brother-in-law said the family did everything they could to help him before he committed suicide last month at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage. Download Audio

Wasilla lawmaker: Keep education spending in check, cut rural schools

It started as a rumor. Democratic lawmakers and some education advocates have heard about it. That there are new ideas for changing how the state pays for education isn’t a surprise. That this cost-saving proposal could close 60 schools across the state is. Download Audio
The Dena’ina Convention Center concourse. (Photo illustration by Jennifer Canfield/KTOO)

AK: Reflecting on an unexpected tragedy

Thousands travel from around the state to attend the Elders and Youth conference and the Alaska Federation of Natives convention every year. The week is considered by many as one of celebration — this year was different. Download Audio

Wasilla lawmaker: Keep education spending in check, cut rural schools

It started as a rumor. Democratic lawmakers and some education advocates have heard about it. That there are new ideas for changing how the state pays for education isn’t a surprise. That this cost-saving proposal could close 60 schools across the state is. Download Audio

Women’s legal rights handbook gets update, publishes online

The Alaska Women’s Legal Rights handbook was first published more than 30 years ago. The latest edition, which was released last month, is 240 pages long and includes information on victim’s rights, employment, reproductive rights, safety planning and more. Download Audio

Death jolts final hour of AFN convention

A man committed suicide at the Dena'ina convention center during the final hour of the AFN annual convention on Saturday. Anthony Chouette, 49, climbed over the third floor railing and jumped to his death.

Utah housing expert who cut chronic homelessness 90% pitches Alaska solutions

Gov. Bill Walker says he’d “love for Alaska to be the first state without homelessness.” With a little inspiration from the state of Utah, some are hopeful that could become reality. Download Audio

Walker convenes tribal advisory council

Gov. Bill Waker announced Wednesday the creation of an 11-member tribal advisory council. Download Audio

IndiGenius: Connecting conference attendees with craft, heritage

IndiGenius — a play on the word indigenous — is an offering of afternoon workshops at the First Alaskans Institute’s Elders and Youth Conference this week. Download Audio

Elders & Youth Conference kicks off in Anchorage

The 32nd annual Elders and Youth conference begins today in Anchorage. Hundreds of Alaska Natives, young and old, will meet over the next two-and-a-half days to learn about and discuss a diverse set of issues. This year’s theme is “Not in our smokehouse!”

Federal agency launches website to help universities, colleges deal with campus violence

The Office on Violence Against Women this week launched a website aimed at helping colleges and universities deal with sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus. The office, which is in the U.S. Department of Justice, calls the site a “comprehensive online clearinghouse.” Download Audio

Attorney General Says Tribal Protection Orders Deserve Equal Recognition

Law enforcement must uphold tribal protection orders the same as it does state protective orders, regardless of whether the order has been registered with the state, the attorney general announced in an opinion issued Thursday. The AG also encouraged the legislature to amend Alaska law to bring it into compliance with the Violence Against Women Act. Download Audio