Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO - Juneau

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Jeremy Hsieh is the deputy managing editor of the KTOO newsroom in Juneau. He’s a podcast fiend who’s worked in journalism since high school as a reporter, editor and television producer. He ran Gavel Alaska for 360 North from 2011 to 2016, and is big on experimenting with novel tools and mediums (including the occasional animated gif) to tell stories and demystify the news. Jeremy’s an East Coast transplant who moved to Juneau in 2008.
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Redistricting board met with skepticism during first public hearing in Juneau

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Members of the state board in charge of redrawing Alaska’s legislative districts got an earful from Juneau residents Monday. It was the first in a series of public hearings around the state.
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Alaska Redistricting Board’s series of road shows begins this week

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The state board in charge of redrawing Alaska’s legislative districts is kicking off a series of open house-style public hearings on proposed maps on Monday in Juneau.
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Juneau requires masks again as COVID-19 cases rise

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Juneau emergency officials are raising the city’s COVID-19 risk level from moderate to high and mandating partial restrictions to limit the disease’s spread, effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday.
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From burgers to buildings, supply chain woes are hitting Alaska

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Some Juneau food retailers say the price of some products has doubled, forcing them to pass costs on to consumers.
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Magnitude 4.4 earthquake strikes remote part of Glacier Bay National Park

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck a remote part of Glacier Bay National Park at 12:40 p.m. Thursday. Anecdotal reports indicate no damage or injuries.

Pandemic rent relief program received applications for about 1 in every 10 Alaskans

The first phase of the federally funded program is expected to send almost a quarter of a billion dollars to landlords and utilities.
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Cruise company offers $10 million in ‘humanitarian relief’ to Alaska port towns

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced Tuesday that it’s donating $10 million across six Alaska port towns: Ketchikan, Juneau, Hoonah, Sitka, Skagway and Seward. They say there are 'no strings attached' to the donations.
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Officials confirm Juneau’s first more contagious COVID variant case

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Genomic sequencing has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Juneau that was caused by a variant that originated in the United Kingdom and is known to be more contagious.
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Activists want voters to consider limiting cruise ship access to Juneau

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Some activists in Juneau filed paperwork on Monday that could lead to local ballot questions in the fall asking voters to limit cruise ships’ access to the capital city.
Capital City Fire/Rescue career staff assemble for a pop-up clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations at the downtown fire station in Juneau on Dec. 17, 2020.

Juneau doctors’ group offers chance at cash prize with vaccination

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Certain vaccine recipients getting their first dose will be entered into a drawing to win either $500 or $250.
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Cruise ship emissions have short-term effect on downtown Juneau air quality, Alaska DEC says

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Juneau generally has good air quality, and cruise ship emissions didn’t threaten the city’s good standing with the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Biden administration’s shift to equity over speed could bring more clarity to Alaska vaccine response

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Two weeks into the Biden administration, the emphasis has shifted to equity instead of speed.
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DMV’s automated screening for ‘vulgar, violent, criminal and demeaning’ plates didn’t catch Nazi terms

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The state commissioner who oversees the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles said Friday she has finished a review of how personalized license plates with Nazi references became street legal.
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How did Nazi references get on Alaska license plates?

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Within a few days, Alaska officials expect to share more about how the Division of Motor Vehicles managed to issue a pair of personalized license plates referencing Nazi Germany.
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Why Alaska has the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate of all 50 states

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Part of the reason is that Alaska is getting more doses of the vaccine because of additional allotments for the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service.
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1,100 appointments for Juneau’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic got booked in 25 minutes

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All 1,100 appointments for this weekend’s mass COVID-19 vaccination event in Juneau are booked.
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Why aren’t more Alaska health care providers ready to vaccinate against COVID-19?

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Clinics that wish to participate in the vaccination program face a slew of requirements, and don't get much in return.
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An ‘imperfect system’: Getting Alaska’s seniors signed up for the COVID-19 vaccine is not going smoothly

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State health officials are finding much more demand for vaccinations than there are appointment slots.
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Second COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use arrives in Alaska

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State health officials said some 26,800 doses of a second new COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Alaska on Monday.
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Wrongful death lawsuit against Juneau police officer in fatal shooting dropped

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Filings in the U.S. District Court of Alaska say both sides agreed last week to drop the case. The parties also agreed that this is the end of the federal case.