Rashah McChesney, KTOO - Juneau

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Juneau woman among thousands of Americans taking part in COVID-19 vaccine trials

When Juneau woman Fiona Brown saw an ad on Facebook looking for volunteers for Pfizer’s clinical trials for its COVID-19 vaccine, she knew that as a science nerd she had an edge.
Signs in a window announce covid closures

Economists try to see what’s ahead for Alaska’s pandemic recession

And some parts of the state have felt the impacts of the downturn more than others. Interior Alaska has had a boost from the military. The Anchorage region has been buoyed by growth in the Mat-Su. But it’s a different story in Southeast.

State reports 4 deaths on another day of triple-digit COVID-19 cases in Alaska

Three of those who died are from Anchorage and one is from Juneau, say state health officials.
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State announces four new COVID-19 deaths over weekend

10 deaths were announced by the state since Friday, though most aren't considered 'recent' and were found through data review.
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Hunter fatally mauled by grizzly bear in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

It’s the first time a bear mauling has been recorded in the park since it was established in 1980.
A person with a mask is seen walking across a road in teh reflection of a bar window

31 Juneau residents test positive for COVID-19 after bar outbreak

The cases result from a single indoor event in late August.
A triangular window into a bar with a sign posted outside about a closure.

Juneau suspends drinking in bars again as COVID-19 cases spike

In an evening emergency public health order, city officials raised the community alert level and mandated that all bars in Juneau must close to indoor service starting Saturday at noon.
Seen from a distance, an oil rig blips above the horizon in an otherwise flat, snowy landscape.

Alaska’s plan to borrow money to pay off oil tax credits blocked by state supreme court

The ruling forces the state of Alaska to find another source to pay for the tax incentives it promised to oil companies.
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The runway lights broke, but Igiugig guided in a child’s medevac plane with headlights

The village’s state-owned airport has had some problems with the runway lights. And when residents went to turn them on to guide the flight in — nothing happened. Usually, this would stop a plane from being able to land. But not this time.
A yellow shuttle waits in a snowy parking lot

Neighbors push back on plans for cold weather shelter for Juneau’s unhoused

The shelter location has moved three times since 2017, and now the city is looking to buy a building miles from town. But some neighbors are afraid of the drug use and crime they say the homeless population will bring.

After calls for transparency, Juneau police department releases its policies and procedures manual

After months of demands, the Juneau Police Department decided to release its manual in order to build public trust.

Dunleavy announces new health mandates

Dunleavy announced that state employees will be required to wear masks.
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Alaska’s COVID-19 transmission rate leads nation, as 94 people test positive and another dies

The number of people with COVID-19 or suspected of having the disease jumped to a new high.
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Another Alaskan dies as the state announces 78 new COVID-19 cases

The woman who died was in her 50s and had pre-existing conditions according to state health officials. She is the 18th Alaskan to have died with COVID-19.

COVID-19 death linked to Juneau may not be Alaskan after all

The family of a woman who died at a long-term care facility in New Jersey thinks her death with COVID-19 was mis-attributed to Alaska.

A Juneau police officer killed Kelly Stephens last year. Now Stephens’ family is suing

Without the bodycam footage of the incident, the parents of a man shot by police say they haven't been able to understand what happened to their son in his final hour.

Family of Juneau man killed by police say they’re filing a wrongful death lawsuit

A Juneau police officer shot and killed Michael Stephens in late December, but a state investigation found the officer's use of deadly force was justified. Now, the victim's parents are filing a wrongful death lawsuit and asking for reform of Juneau's Police Department.