Quinton Chandler, KTOO - Juneau

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Quinton Chandler is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman, Arnold Skeek

The Coast Guard stopped looking for Arnold Skeek, the missing 27-year-old fisherman from Kake, early Monday afternoon. Authorities believe he fell from the Beaufort Sea, 60-foot fishing tender, into Auke Bay on Sunday. Listen now

Since 2008, number of UAS students using disability services quintuple

The number of University of Alaska students who asked for disability services has steadily increased since the federal government changed the definition of disability under the ADA.

New nonprofit seeks awareness and housing for mentally ill

A man living with mental illness has started an organization to advocate for the needs of other mentally ill people. He wants policymakers to hear from the mentally ill when considering issues that impact them. Listen now

Passengers rescued after tour boat sinks

Two boats rescued the passengers of a whale watching vessel that sank Sunday. Listen now

Juneau School District uses data to keep kids from being left behind

It's well-known not all children learn in the same way or at the same pace, but it's not always easy to realize which kids need extra attention. The Juneau School District is adopting a system that is supposed to systematically identify kids who need extra help and show educators whether their attempts to help are working.

Juneau man’s thoughts drift home after Turkish coup attempt

When members of Turkey’s military tried to seize control of their country last week, Turks living overseas – including in Alaska – weren’t immune to fear and uncertainty.
Juneau Police closed Kennedy Street between 5th and 4th Streets as they investigated the death of Juneau Mayor Greg Fisk on the evening of Monday November 30th. (Photo by: Mikko Wilson / KTOO)

Burglaries up 64% in Juneau last year, trend continues this year

Anytime someone breaks in somewhere to steal or commit a felony, that’s a burglary. It’s a crime of opportunity that can affect anyone, said Juneau police Lt. David Campbell. Listen now

Feds call out Juneau schools website for inaccessibility to people with low vision, deafness

The federal government is cracking down on the Juneau School District because its website discriminates against people with disabilities. People living with conditions like low vision and deafness use special features on their computers to make surfing the web possible. Listen now

HUD seeks input on Alaska Native, American Indian housing

The federal government wants to know, among other things, how tribes use federal resources to improve housing.

Underpaid Alaska contractors bear burden of Buccaneer’s bankruptcy

Alaskans were outraged after a group of oil companies based in Texas went bankrupt and stuck them with the bill. The name Buccaneer is equivalent to dirt in some corners of Southcentral Alaska. While drilling for oil and gas in Cook Inlet two years ago, a Buccaneer Energy subsidiary was ruined in a corporate bankruptcy. They left behind dozens of businesses that want their money. Download Audio

Juneau Police find explosive in Switzer Village

A suspected bomb was reported to the Juneau Police Department Friday afternoon. Sgt. Jeremy Weske found the device in the Switzer Village area.

LGBTQ community grieves while celebrating Pride

Members of Juneau’s LGBTQ community celebrated the beginning of Pride week with a picnic at a local park. The festive mood was darkened by collective mourning for victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday. At least 50 people were killed. Download Audio

Juneau Hydropower a step away from crucial license

A Juneau startup that wants to build its own hydroelectric plant could soon get their rubber stamp from the federal government. Download Audio

Celebration 2016 aims to renew youth engagement in culture

This year, in addition to Celebration’s core goal to engage Native youth, organizers in Juneau are promoting the convergence of multiple generations and cultures. Every other year several thousand people travel to the state capital for Celebration, a four day event meant to renew appreciation for the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. Download Audio

Tlingit artist protests auction of Native artifacts in Paris

Alaska Natives and Native American tribes around the country protested when a Paris company auctioned off multiple Native artifacts last week. But, their opposition wasn’t enough to stop the auction. The auctioneer’s inventory included items sacred to the Tlingit and Haida. A Tlingit artist from Juneau says she joined the protest in Paris because she wanted her ancestors inside the objects being sold to know she was there.

Kachemak Bay hydroelectric plant works to meet regulations

About 27 miles northeast of Homer, there is a hydroelectric project still in its infancy. The plant, which hadn’t changed much since its construction just saw the completion of a major project and another one, could get underway in a few years.

Largest marijuana runner in Homer sentenced

Joseph Gabryszak the Homer man who was arrested for running, what police called, the biggest marijuana grow operation in the city of Homer’s history has changed his plea. The marijuana plants seized from Gabryszak were worth an estimated $1 – $1.5 million. Download Audio

Invasive species may have stowed on Homer drill-rig from Singapore

The Randolph Yost, a drill-rig came to Homer from Singapore. A Homer environmental group is worried the Yost, now docked in the Homer port, could have brought invasive species into Alaska waters. The group is criticizing the Department of Fish and Game for not checking the rig before it docked in Kachemak Bay. Download Audio

Peninsula spruce threatened by aphid

Spruce trees are under attack in the Kachemak Bay area. Tiny insects called spruce aphids are draining sap from the trees leaving tell-tale signs of damage. Spruce aphids are not usually found on the Kenai Peninsula and their sudden appearance is making residents worry for the health of their trees. Download Audio

New Homer brewery prepares to open doors

A new brewery is coming to Homer. Grace Ridge Brewing is scheduled to open just before the annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival.