Matt Miller, KTOO - Juneau

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Matt Miller is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.
A concrete sign with an emblem of the Alaska flag and the words "Nesbett Courthouse". A sidwalk and streetlamps are in the background

Alaska court buildings require masking for entry

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Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Daniel Winfree says masks are necessary because of the rise in COVID-19 cases and the prevalence of the more contagious delta variant throughout the state.
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Governor’s veto leaves many Alaskans without access to free legal help

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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.
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Dynamic glaciers identified as cause of Southeast Alaska’s summer ‘ice quakes’

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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.

Major flooding underway on Taku River near Juneau

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The Taku River near Juneau has exceeded its major flood stage and its record high water level.
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‘Night and day’: What Juneau learned when an avalanche turned out the city’s lights

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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.
The side of a big cruise ship as it sits docked in Juneau.

Utah man sentenced to 30 years in prison for Alaska cruise ship homicide

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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.
A concrete sign with an emblem of the Alaska flag and the words "Nesbett Courthouse". A sidwalk and streetlamps are in the background

Alaska Court System services slowly coming back online after cyberattack

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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.
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‘Don’t answer the call’: Federal agency warns of phone scam sweeping Alaska

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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.
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Juneau gets state’s first electric bus

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Officials including Gov. Mike Dunleavy joined for the ribbon cutting for the new bus, which can travel an entire day on one charge.

Alaska Supreme Court restores access to public employee and teacher retirement benefits

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Now, as many as 78,000 Alaskans could buy their way back into the state’s more generous retirement benefit programs.
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‘Considerable danger’ for Juneau avalanches, even within ski area boundaries

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There were several avalanches reported around Juneau, including a very close call just outside the boundaries of the Eaglecrest Ski Area.
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After 1-year suspension during pandemic, misdemeanor jury trials resume next month

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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.
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Bald eagle euthanized after being found hanging upside down near Juneau’s airport

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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.
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Uncommonly cold, windy conditions expected throughout Southeast Alaska

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Wind chills in Juneau could drop to minus 40 Fahrenheit.
Seats next to desks

After one-year suspension, criminal jury trials set to resume slowly in state courts

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Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Joel Bolger issued an order Feb. 4 allowing jury trials under certain circumstances.
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New avalanche center compiles observations from Juneau backcountry

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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

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

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With high winds and heavy rain expected on already saturated ground, people living in hillside areas should be especially vigilant.
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‘Atmospheric river’ could bring 10 inches of rain to Juneau

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Heavy rain and winds up to 45 miles per hour could cause mudslides in Juneau this week.
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When mission was threatened by quarantine, these Coast Guard newbies stepped up

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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.