Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO - Juneau

Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO - Juneau
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Jeremy Hsieh is the news director at KTOO and 360 North in Juneau. He’s a podcast fiend who has worked in journalism since high school as a reporter, editor and television producer. He’s run Gavel Alaska for 360 North since 2011, and is big on using social media to summarize, unpack and demystify state politics and policymaking. Jeremy is an East Coast transplant who moved to Juneau in 2008. He’s into sleeping late, rock climbing, ultimate frisbee, video games and eating tasty things.

A former Juneau lawmaker didn’t pay $18,000 in fines for probable ethics violations. And the committee that sought the fines is OK with that.

The deadline to legally contest the outcome of the pivotal House District 1 election is Wednesday. Republican Bart LeBon leads Democrat Kathryn Dodge by one vote.

A company spokesman said this is the first bear-related injury the mine’s had since opening in 1989. Listen now

The grant will cover replacing a hangar built in 1966 that was later repurposed to store sand and chemicals. The project is expected to have significant impact on the local economy. Listen now

A governor’s spokesman said Walker’s no-build policy on the road isn’t shifting. Previously, state plans called for extending Glacier Highway in Juneau about 48 miles north. Listen now

Avrum Gross died in May 2018. The East Coast Democrat and lawyer was an unlikely ally of Republican Gov. Jay Hammond. He served as Alaska’s attorney general during the permanent fund’s seminal years. Listen now

The fire doesn’t pose a significant threat, but it is unusually large for the rainforest and Southeast Alaska.

The Alaska Native corporation’s leadership says 2017 was a milestone year financially, and that it validated the realignment of its business portfolio with its shareholders’ traditional values. Listen now

Wildlife biologist Ryan Scott thinks the wolf just happened to kill a deer near the trail and was protecting its kill. He doesn’t think there’s any public safety or pet safety issue out of the ordinary. Listen now

That sets up the race for House District 34 to be between two sitting Juneau Assembly members, Democrat Rob Edwardson and Republican Jerry Nankervis. Listen now

The House has been voting down the minority caucus Republicans’ budget amendments. Minority leader Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, says it’s still worthwhile to have the conversation.

The sign-up pace for health insurance on the federal exchange is almost 50 percent faster than last year — but the open enrollment period is half as long.

The TSA, specifically addressing Southeast travelers, says to arrive 90 minutes early for flights. Listen now

Longtime Juneau resident and painter Herb Bonnett died this morning at the age of 87. Listen now

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has called the Alaska Legislature back for a second special session to begin at 1 p.m. today, after lawmakers failed to pass an operating budget.

Greg Fitch, founder of the Juneau-based Mental Health Consumer Action Network, has filed to run for Republican Don Young’s seat in Congress.

Two longtime board members of Juneau’s urban Alaska Native corporation board have been ousted through elections at an annual shareholder meeting on Saturday. Goldbelt Inc. announced Monday that Lori Grant and Leilani Wilson Walkush will replace Joseph Kahklen and Randy Wanamaker on the nine-member board.

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, has a sister who lives in Juneau and works for AWARE as a violence prevention and outreach director. Listen now

U.S. and Alaska flags were flying at half-staff today until noon in recognition of Memorial Day. Listen now

The Office of Special Prosecutions now has the case in which a state senator is accused of slapping an Alaska Dispatch News reporter in the state Capitol. Listen now