Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO - Juneau

Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO - Juneau
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.

Where does Juneau’s cruise ship head tax money go?

City and Borough of Juneau collects enough in the five-month cruise ship season from passengers to pay each permanent resident over $700. It doesn’t. So where does it all go?

Q&A: Ex-Skid Row rocker Johnny Solinger to auction off star-studded guitar for Alaska vets

Huna Totem Corp. brought a Las Vegas rock and roll show to Juneau last month, and Alaska left quite an impression on one of the performers. Johnny Solinger poses with...

Renewable Juneau invests carbon offset funds in free heat pumps in local homes

Applicants to a carbon offset program in Juneau hope to replace older home heating systems with an efficient, zero-emission system.

Norwegian Cruise Line execs confirm they want to build new Juneau cruise ship berth

A new berth would create openings for other ships at the city-owned berths Norwegian currently uses.

Sealaska Heritage secures federal grant for downtown arts campus

The cultural nonprofit hopes to break ground on the project in June 2020.

Ferry workers’ strike chokes supply chain to Gustavus

ToshCo is flying milk and eggs into the town of about 450 people as an emergency measure, which will roughly double their retail prices.

Gov. Dunleavy unveils line item vetoes and signs operating budget

Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveiled line-item vetoes the administration says amounts to another $391 million in cuts beyond the Legislature’s budget.

AK: Juneau beach yields gold to dedicated dredgers

In Juneau, a particular type of recreational mining has been picking up at a special beach in recent years. Mining histories identify the sand there as the century-old tailings of the Alaska-Gastineau Mining Company.

Workplace anti-discrimination agency sues Costco’s free sample company, alleges ADA violations in Juneau

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges Club Demonstration Services denied a Juneau employee extra bathroom breaks to accommodate her medical condition in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Court system inches forward with years-long upgrade to digital filing system

The Alaska Court System takes in and maintains hard copies of millions of pages of documents annually. It’s been trying to upgrade to an electronic, paper-on-demand system for years.

Juneau’s 2019 cruise ship season has begun

The first big cruise ship of the season tied up in Juneau on Sunday morning.

Someone took a sack of crap through Juneau airport security

The incident became one of the TSA’s latest pun-laden social media posts about absurd things people take with them when they fly.

What’s up with the Mat-Su, and why is it steering Alaska’s politics?

Over the last several decades, the population of the Matanuska and Susitna valleys has grown dramatically. With that boom has come political power — and the rise of a particular brand of conservatism.

ADN owners buy 3 more Alaska newspapers

The Anchorage Daily News’ owners have bought three other small Alaska newspapers — the Arctic Sounder, Bristol Bay Times/Dutch Harbor Fisherman and Homer Tribune — according to Jason Evans, the former owner of those papers.

Ballot initiative to move Alaska Legislature’s meetings clears early hurdle

After the sponsors get some official documents, they’ll have one year to collect more than 28,000 qualified signatures to put the question to voters in 2020.

AK: How a mischievous Home Depot surveyor turned this hill into guerrilla art

Theodolites, semaphore, trigonometry and some “Big Lebowski” references — everything you wanted to know about the peace sign and a few things you didn’t.

After scathing audit, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority says fixes are underway

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority CEO Mike Abbott fielded questions from lawmakers during a Senate Finance Committee in Juneau Thursday.

Alaska Supreme Court rules for LeBon in pivotal election recount case

The Alaska Supreme Court is meeting in Anchorage this morning to hear arguments in Kathryn Dodge’s case against state election officials and her election opponent.

Juneau fluoride study confirms old science, but doesn’t sway opponents

New research shows higher cavity procedure rates among Juneau children on Medicaid compared to when the city fluoridated its tap water.

Ethics enforcers let former Juneau lawmaker’s unpaid ethics fines slide

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.