Matt Miller, KTOO - Juneau

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Matt Miller is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.
Skiers carry skies on the snow slope on a sunny day

New avalanche center compiles observations from Juneau backcountry

Research shows that January is the deadliest month for backcountry adventurers, and more experienced adventurers are more likely to get into trouble.
On a cloudy day, a massive landslide is visible in the mountain

Massive mountain rockslide near Juneau shakes the earth on Christmas Eve

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?
a wet road with tall spruce trees arouund

Juneau officials caution residents to be prepared for landslides as rains continue

With high winds and heavy rain expected on already saturated ground, people living in hillside areas should be especially vigilant.
A truck drives by a mudslide

‘Atmospheric river’ could bring 10 inches of rain to Juneau

Heavy rain and winds up to 45 miles per hour could cause mudslides in Juneau this week.
A helicopter descends towards a big ship on a sunny day

When mission was threatened by quarantine, these Coast Guard newbies stepped up

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.
A man in a black robe on a court bench raises his hand

How Alaska decides if a judge can stay on the bench

Nearly two dozen judges will be on the Nov. 3 state election ballot, but the process of retaining them is a big difference from the elections that take place elsewhere in the country.

Mother of all jökulhlaups reported in Southeast Alaska

Scientists believe a massive glacial dam release - or jökulhlaup - recently occurred in Southeast Alaska.
Two men ride on a snow machine

Census Bureau claims nearly all Alaska households have been counted

But some are doubting the accuracy of that claim.
A blue, green and yellow blop on the cartographic map of Southeast Alaska

Weekend storm brings wind, rain and even lightning to Southeast Alaska

The rare weather event brought winds of up to 68 miles per hour in Sitka.
A man with a broom stands outside his shed , whose entrance is torn apart with debris lying all around.

Juneau’s unsecured garbage and ‘bumper crop of yearling bears’ are a deadly combination

Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials say a bunch of young bears and a dwindling natural food supply are forcing the bruins to search human garbage for food before they hibernate for the winter.
A researcher looks through a microscope with a monitor showing what she's looking at

Mystery seed packets showing up in Alaskans’ mailboxes

The unsolicited seed packets have been showing up around the country, and officials are worried about people planting them.

A glacial dam near Juneau could burst any time

A jökulhlaup - or glacial dam release - could happen any time, but scientists are trying to understand how much flooding could happen.

Taku River turns cold, runs fast after glacial dam release in the Juneau Icefield

This glacial dam release, or jökulhlaup, was relatively small, but there could be more this summer.

UPDATE: California hiker dies after fall near Juneau’s Perseverance Trail

A 36-year-old man died, according to the Juneau Police Department.

There hasn’t been a jury trial in Alaska in 3 months. How has COVID-19 changed the state’s justice system?

There have been no jury trials in state courts for three months, and they won’t resume until at least September.

Face coverings now required to enter federal courthouses in Alaska

Anyone entering a federal courthouse in Alaska must wear a mask or face covering or they will not be allowed inside.

Alaska’s courtrooms remain closed to jury trials due to pandemic

Most non-emergency proceedings were first suspended in late March. Now they will be canceled at least until September.

Alaska Court System suspends new trials in Anchorage, Palmer, Kenai

Jury trials in Anchorage, Palmer and Kenai next week have been suspended to slow the spread of coronavirus, the Alaska Court System said Friday.

He worked briefly for the state in the ’70s. Should he get “gold chain” Tier I retirement benefits?

The Alaska Supreme Court on Thursday heard a case that labor unions say could affect the retirement plans of thousands of former state employees.
A cruise ship seen from behind

Utah man pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder in Alaska cruise ship death

A Utah man arrested for the death of his wife on a Southeast Alaska cruise ship could spend the rest of his life in federal prison.