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Matt Miller is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

Walker to name new Supreme Court Justice within the week

Governor Bill Walker will name someone to a seat on the Alaska Supreme Court within the next few days. Download Audio

Unusually big pink salmon may be related to smaller coho and kings

Fisheries researchers are investigating why pink salmon, a staple of Southeast Alaska’s commercial fisheries, seem to be growing bigger every year while other, longer-lived salmon species are getting smaller in size.
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Biologists project lower harvests of pink salmon this season

Federal fishery biologists expect only 30-million pink salmon, or humpies, will be harvested in Southeast Alaska 2016. That’s well short of 2015's disappointing harvest of 34 million fish and 2013’s record catch of 95-million pinks. Download Audio

Warm water Blob may be sending salmon forecasts awry

Fisheries researchers say the appearance of a warm water anomaly in the northeast Pacific Ocean likely added a new wrinkle into recent predictions of Alaska salmon runs that are used by commercial fishing industry for the upcoming season’s planning. Because of the variability of West Coast salmon populations, a simple cause and effect may be impossible to pin down.

Alaska experiences second warmest winter in last 90 years

If you thought Alaska was pretty warm and dry this winter, you were right. In fact, it could come close to setting a record. Download Audio

Irreversibility of climate change discussed at Arctic Science Summit

Government leaders and policymakers from circumpolar nations say they rely on the very best and latest science to make decisions about how to adapt to climate change and a rapidly warming Arctic. They converged in Fairbanks last week at the same time as one of the largest groups of Arctic scientists met to brainstorm on the next round of new research. Download Audio

Arctic Council arrives in Fairbanks

Every hotel is booked up solid in Fairbanks this week, and rental cars are hard to find. Over a thousand people from 30 different countries are in the Golden Heart City for a meeting of Arctic scientists and policymakers called Arctic Science Summit Week. One of the highlights includes a meeting of the Arctic Council, a multinational governmental forum created to address the Arctic’s pressing issues. Download Audio

Return of the “Blob”

Climate researchers say a giant mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean may be responsible for unusual sightings of marine life in the North Pacific while also influencing North American weather patterns.

‘Blob’ of warm water threatens marine mammals in the Pacific

Scientists are increasingly worried about the possibility of more die-offs and other adverse effects on marine mammals and seabirds if the suspected cause, a huge anomaly of warm water in the northeast Pacific Ocean, persists into this summer. KTOO’s Matt Miller has more in the first of a two-part series. Download Audio

Tugboat dismantling winding down in Juneau

The operation to raise and dismantle the old tug Challenger is winding down in Juneau.

Warm water Blob could impact Alaska’s $1 billion pollock fishery

Fisheries biologists are worried that many of last year’s new pollock around Kodiak Island may not have survived recent warm ocean temperatures.

How to salvage a huge tugboat without spilling 9,500 gallons of fuel and oil

Imagine a small, but very busy high school science fair, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what it was like at the Coast Guard’s open house on Tuesday to explain the imminent salvage of the wrecked tug Challenger. The neglected 96-foot World War II era vessel sank last September in Gastineau Channel just across from the Juneau Yacht Club. Download Audio

Former Juneau lawmaker fined $18K for allegedly helping oil companies while seeking oil jobs

Former Juneau Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch has been fined $18,104 for asking for an oil company job while sitting as a state lawmaker who helped draft oil tax legislation. But his attorney said the opinion released by a legislative ethics committee may not be the final word on the matter. Download Audio

Grand jury indicts Juneau murder suspect

A former Juneau resident arrested last month in the Palmer area has been indicted on murder charges. A Juneau grand jury handed up an indictment on Friday charging Nora Edith Thomas, 28, with two counts of second degree murder.

Scientists get ‘Blobby’ with it in Seattle

Scientists from up and down the West Coast are gathering in Seattle this week for a conference on a giant mass of warm ocean water that has lingered in the Northeast Pacific. Download Audio

Egan worries about political paralysis, procrastination

Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan said he expects that the $3.5 billion budget deficit will dominate the agenda during this legislative session. But will anything be accomplished to fill that gap? That’s a different story.

Alaskans fly south for Arctic symposium

The University of Washington School of Law is hosting policymakers from Alaska and around the country for discussions on Arctic security and politics, development, transportation and shipping, environmental protection, and climate change.

‘The Blob’… on winter vacation or gone for good?

Is 'The Blob' taking a winter breather? Or, is it fizzling out? After over two years, is The Blob finally dead? The giant, persistent mass of warm ocean water seems to have cooled over the last few months, possibly because of another warm ocean phenomenon that is now dominating the Pacific. Download Audio

AK: For Tlingit engineer, Juneau bridge connects Alaskans

More than 100 years after the creation of the Alaska Native Brotherhood, a new bridge in Juneau has been named in honor of the Native organization. But it’s not the first. The predecessor to the current bridge was actually designed by a man who has his own unique and interesting ties to the Alaska Native civil rights movement. Download Audio:

State court employees furloughed Christmas Eve to cost-cut

There’ll be no court in Juneau Thursday, Christmas Eve. In fact, all of the state’s 39 courthouses will be closed on Christmas Eve as a cost saving measure while the state tries to chip away at a multibillion dollar budget deficit. Download Audio