Matt Miller, KTOO - Juneau
Among Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s recent budget vetoes was $400,000 for the Alaska Legal Services Corporation, a private, nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal aid to Alaskans. That’s a huge cut in state funding for an organization devoted solely to providing free legal aid to low-income Alaskans.
Within a set of glaciers and mountains near Juneau, there’s seismic activity almost every day in the summer. They’re called ice quakes. They’re not as widely understood as earthquakes, but researchers are monitoring them closely.
In the spring of 2008, Juneau residents were affected by a huge set of avalanches that wiped out towers for a power transmission line, severing the capital city’s connection to its biggest source of hydroelectricity, the Snettisham Hydroelectric Project.
Kenneth Manzanares, 43, on Thursday was also sentenced to five years of supervised release if he finishes serving out his 30 year federal prison term.
After nearly two weeks, the Alaska Court System’s email came back online on Tuesday. In the interim, some court functions had to revert to using fax machines.
Alaskans all over the state are reporting getting calls from callers posing as agents of the U.S. Marshals Service threatening to charge or arrest people unless they hand over money.
Now, as many as 78,000 Alaskans could buy their way back into the state’s more generous retirement benefit programs.
There were several avalanches reported around Juneau, including a very close call just outside the boundaries of the Eaglecrest Ski Area.
In his order, Chief Justice Joel Bolger wrote that case counts have continued to decline since February, and many more Alaskans have received vaccinations in addition to precautions the court system has put in place.
The bald eagle was rescued using a fire truck ladder, but it was determined that its previous injuries prevented the eagle from hunting or fishing and that it likely was already starving.
Wind chills in Juneau could drop to minus 40 Fahrenheit.
Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Joel Bolger issued an order Feb. 4 allowing jury trials under certain circumstances.
Research shows that January is the deadliest month for backcountry adventurers, and more experienced adventurers are more likely to get into trouble.
Around Christmas, there were reports of an earthquake and major mountain rockslide in the wilderness near Juneau. But what came first? The earthquake or the slide?
With high winds and heavy rain expected on already saturated ground, people living in hillside areas should be especially vigilant.
Heavy rain and winds up to 45 miles per hour could cause mudslides in Juneau this week.
This summer, the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to scuttle the Alaska patrol of a U.S. Coast Guard cutter when over 10% of the crew was put in quarantine. But some young crewmembers stepped up to save the mission.