Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

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Lisa Phu is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

NOAA to Review Humpback’s Status

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will review whether the North Pacific humpback still needs protection under the Endangered Species Act. A group of Hawaiian fishermen submitted a petition to delist the whale in April and NOAA has released its first finding.

Accessible Playgrounds in Juneau a Work in Progress

It’s recess at Glacier Valley Elementary School. A dozen kids run straight to a piece of playground equipment that looks like a three dimensional spider web. They climb onto the webbing where they hover ten feet off the ground. Elsewhere in the playground, students crawl up ladders, go down slides, pump their legs on swings. Listen Now

Juneau Clinic Will Close

The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium plans to close Front Street Clinic on October 1, according to SEARHC COO Dan Neumeister. The decision by the board of directors comes after two days of meetings last week. Listen Now

Paddleboarders Find Unique Way to Experience Juneau

A group of people from all over the U.S. traveled to the capital city this week for one reason – stand up paddle boarding. Jan and Jeff Lipscomb, Carol Fontius, and Bob Stafford went to Auke Lake for their first Alaska stand up paddle board experience. Listen Now

Glacier Bay Lodge Saved

Glacier Bay Lodge will stay open, at least for another 2 years. Several weeks of negotiations between National Park Service and the current concessionaires ended yesterday. Listen Now

Juneau Clinic On The Chopping Block

Juneau’s Front Street Clinic is in danger of shutting down due to fiscal reasons. The public health facility, run by the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, caters to the capital city’s homeless and low-income residents. Download Audio

Hass Reels In Juneau Derby’s Biggest Fish

After more than two days of trolling for salmon during the Golden North Salmon Derby in Juneau, Jody Hass and her family were wrapping it up when one decided to bite. Download Audio

Southeast Divers Must Travel Far For Emergency Care

Scuba diving emergencies can no longer be treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. After more than 30 years, the facility discontinued its hyperbaric chamber program and recently removed the 13-foot chamber. Now, the closest chambers for public use are in Anchorage or Seattle. Download Audio

35,000 Sockeye Caught In 1st 6 hours Of Snettisham Fishery

Fifty-thousand sockeye salmon is the early catch estimate for a 3-day gillnet opening at Port Snettisham and the Speel Arm near Juneau, with 35,000 of those fish caught in the first six hours. The fishery is targeting sockeye salmon from the Snettisham Hatchery. Download Audio

Ted Stevens Day At NOAA Honors, Educates

Hundreds of people poured into Juneau’s Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute, or Auke Bay Laboratories, on Friday, a day set aside to honor its namesake and his legacy in Alaska. Download Audio

Worry About Whale Watching Comes From Within The Industry

Is the North Pacific humpback whale no longer endangered? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration could decide as early as today whether to pursue taking the whale off the Endangered Species list. Download Audio

Union Files Class Action Grievance Over Office Space

The Alaska State Employees Association has filed a class action grievance over the state’s newUniversal Space Standards policy.

Employees Worry About State-Imposed Office Space Standards

The State of Alaska is implementing new work areas in Juneau and Anchorage office buildings. Officials claim new universal space standards will save money and create a better work environment, but some state employees think otherwise. Download Audio

Glacier Bay Lodge May Shut Down

Glacier Bay Lodge may shut down after this season. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve put out a prospectus for concession services in January but received no bids by the March 26 deadline. Closing Glacier Bay Lodge could have rippling effects on the economy of Gustavus. Download Audio

‘Idle No More’ Group Rallies In Downtown Juneau

About 30 adults and children called for equality and greater subsistence fishery protection Wednesday morning in the ‘Idle No More’ rally in downtown Juneau. Several wore Native regalia, chanted songs, and danced as people took turns talking over a megaphone. Download Audio

Juneau Sends Dancers Around The Country And Beyond

Several Juneau teenagers are heading to the nation’s best dance programs this summer – one is even going to Russia. Within the next few weeks, five students from Juneau Dance Unlimited will leave Alaska to practice their techniques and expand their horizons in New York City, Pittsburgh, Boston, Houston, and Moscow. Download Audio

NYT Puzzle Master Will Shortz Adds Alaska To His Table Tennis Quest

NPR’s puzzle master Will Shortz will be taping his weekly puzzle for Weekend Edition from Anchorage, where he’s exercising his other passion – table tennis. Anchorage is the second stop of a seven-day table tennis tour in Alaska that Shortz is taking with Caribbean table tennis champion Robert Roberts. Download Audio

Juneau’s Carpenter Union Hall Shuts Down

About 35 carpenter union locals in the Pacific Northwest have closed in the past three years to join larger locals. Earlier this month, Juneau’s Carpenter Union Local 2247  fell to the same fate and its members have been absorbed by Anchorage’s Carpenter Union Local 1281. Download Audio

Kuskpuk Friday In The Legislature

On Fridays on Alaska’s Capitol Hill, many female legislators are wearing Kuspuks – the traditional and comfortable Eskimo garment not often seen in boardrooms. It’s also being adopted by some men in the capitol. Download Audio