Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

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Lisa Phu is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

Forced to flee: Juneau residents recall arrival as refugees

Alaska receives about 120 refugees from all over the world each year. About 10,000 Syrian refugees will come to the United States. While none are expected to end up in Alaska, the state still has a significant refugee population based mostly in Anchorage. However, some have made Juneau their home. Download Audio

Recovering from addiction, helping others do the same

Alaska’s capital city is battling addiction. The Juneau community continues to face substance-related deaths and near deaths. Three women tell their stories about addiction, long-term recovery and a rally that gave them hope. Download Audio

Juneau high school sleep-out raises $3,000 for homeless youth

About 200 kids and teenagers in Juneau are homeless. There are students without adequate or regular housing in every school in the district. This past weekend, high school students slept out in the cold to raise awareness of the mostly invisible issue. Download Audio

DOC report: Juneau inmate denied care before dying of heart attack

A newly released state report on the state’s prison system details disturbing events related to the death of Juneau resident Joseph Murphy. Download Audio

Juneau artist Crystal Worl honored at VP Biden’s house

Juneau artist Crystal Worl was one of five Native artists from around the country to show their work at Vice President Joe Biden’s house last month. Worl was commissioned to design a print for the U.S. State Department’s Arts in Embassies program. Download Audio

With new medical provider, Juneau clinic finds stability

Front Street Community Health Center in Juneau has a new permanent nurse practitioner after a year of temporary medical providers. The health clinic, which caters primarily to people who are homeless, has gone through a lot of growing pains since it separated from Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium two years ago. Download Audio

Alaska boards, commissions skew male 2 to 1

Women are underrepresented in state boards and commissions. These groups – comprised of experts, citizens and officials – guide state policy, make regulations and protect Alaskans in areas, from hairdressing to the Permanent Fund. Download Audio

First Lady adopted into Tlingit clan

First Lady Donna Walker was adopted into the Tlingit Deisheetaan clan Thursday night. She was given a Tlingit name at the end of an indigenous literature reading she hosted at the Governor’s Mansion.

Tlingit clan conference convenes in Juneau

“Sharing Our Knowledge: A Conference of Tlingit Tribes and Clans” starts Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at Centennial Hall in Juneau. About 400 people are expected to attend. The conference is a gathering of elders and academics, tradition bearers and students. Download Audio

Writer Nick Jans captivates audience with tales of Romeo the wolf

Writer Nick Jans calls the years between 2003 and 2009 “a magical and transformative time” in Juneau’s history. It was during those years that a wild black wolf, who came to be known as Romeo, lived in the community, played with dogs and interacted with residents. Download Audio

Writer Nick Jans captivates audience with tales of Romeo the wolf

Writer Nick Jans calls the years between 2003 and 2009 “a magical and transformative time” in Juneau’s history. It was during those years that a wild black wolf, who came to be known as Romeo, lived in the community, played with dogs and interacted with residents.

UAF comes clean about disciplinary failures in sex abuse, rape cases

The University of Alaska Fairbanks violated its own policy regarding sexual misconduct cases between 2011 and 2014. University students responsible for rape and other sex crimes were not expelled or suspended during that time. Download Audio

Juneau judge sides with trapper, but no damages awarded

Judge Thomas Nave has sided with the trapper John Forrest in the small claims case against a woman who sprung his traps. While he sided with the trapper, he didn’t impose any cash award. Download Audio

Juneau campground closes for winter, displacing homeless

Several of Juneau’s homeless live at the city-run Thane Campground. For $25 a week, it may be the cheapest rent in town. Today, the campground closes for the winter, leaving some occupants wondering where to go. Download Audio

Alaska Safe Children’s Act task force begins work

The task force created to help implement the Alaska Safe Children’s Act met for the first time in Anchorage on Tuesday.

Juneau trapper, hiker take stand at first day of trial

Monday’s small claims case between a trapper and a trap springer was supposed to last an hour, but after about two and half hours in District Court, it’s stretching into a second day. Download Audio

Homelessness survey finds at least 70 in Juneau sleeping outside

Volunteers and staff from Juneau’s shelter and soup kitchen went to the streets and interviewed 70 homeless people over the course of a few days in September. It’s been three years since the vulnerability index survey was done in the capital city. Download Audio

Arctic tourism hot topic at industry convention

Alaska gets close to 2 million visitors a year,and more and more of them are visiting the Arctic Circle and beyond. That’s what a large audience at this week’s Alaska Travel Industry Association convention in Juneau heard during a “Tourism in the Arctic” panel discussion. Download Audio

Juneau man lowers damages sought from hiker who sprung his traps

A Juneau trapper has lowered the amount of damages he's seeking in a lawsuit against a hiker who sprang his traps last December.

For middle schoolers to love Shakespeare, they must know Shakespeare

Thanks to a national program called Any Given Child, every Juneau eighth grader got to see Perseverance Theatre’s “Othello” before it closed on Sunday. To help prepare students, the theater’s education director went into the classrooms and had the students act it out. Download Audio