Rashah McChesney, KTOO - Juneau


Volcanic eruption in Tonga leads to tsunami advisory in Alaska


tsunami advisory is in effect for much of coastal Alaska after an undersea volcano erupted near Tonga. 

An advisory means a dangerous wave is on the way according to the National Weather Service — the wave is expected to be between 1 to 3 feet.

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Juneau elementary school closed indefinitely after damage from flooding

Teachers haven’t been back into Riverbend yet to fully catalog everything that’s been damaged. In the email, the school district said they’ll have to pack up their classrooms and move everything out of the way so that construction crews can come through. 
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Governor issues disaster declaration for storms in Southeast Alaska

That disaster declaration opens a pot of money for communities, federally recognized tribal organizations and some private nonprofits to apply for reimbursement for funds they spent combating the storms. 
Vans are stuck in the snow off an icy road.

Winter storm closes Juneau schools, state offices and largest grocery store

National Weather Service forecasters are warning of rain and ice forming on top of the snow, which could cause flooding on Monday.

Fairbanks woman finds abandoned newborn at intersection

A newborn was found abandoned in a cardboard box at an intersection in Fairbanks on Saturday afternoon. 

Anonymous ‘Alaska abusers list’ is an outlet for survivors, but some warn of collateral damage

Last week a woman in Anchorage went public on social media with an allegation of sexual assault, prompting other people to share their stories. By the end of the week, a group of Twitter accounts...
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Family raise alarm for missing Juneau man: ‘He’s gone for a few days, but he always calls back’

Juneau police say they’ve been looking for Clifford White since they got a missing person’s report for him on Oct. 31.
Street lights are turned on on a quiet downtown street.

Family raise alarm for missing Juneau man: ‘He’s gone for a few days, but he always calls back’

Another Juneau man has gone missing, and his family say they haven’t heard from him for weeks. 
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As US and Canada uncover Indigenous school history, survivors, their children and allies mark Orange Shirt day in Juneau

Sept. 30 is a National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools. The day was born in Canada — when a residential school survivor told the story of wearing an orange shirt that her grandmother bought for her, and then having it stripped off of her when she arrived at a boarding school.
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The head of Juneau’s hospital has resigned

City staff says the CEO was having an “inappropriate relationship” with a hospital employee which violates the city’s conflict of interest code.
A girl with a face mask ties a friend's shoe in a classroom.

Juneau students are masked up and back in classrooms

Here's a look at what the first day of classes looked like at two Juneau schools on Monday.
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Uptick in COVID-19 cases prompts new restrictions in Juneau

Juneau has 80 active cases of COVID-19 among residents and non-residents. And that has triggered the city’s emergency operations center to raise the local risk level to moderate.
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Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization will require COVID-19 vaccine for employees

The Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska joined the Alaska Native Medical Center and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in requiring the vaccine for employees.
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Seven women accuse former Juneau health consortium chiropractor of sexual abuse

Seven women have accused a former Juneau-area chiropractor of sexually abusing them while he was working at the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or SEARHC.
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Alaska to end $300 per week unemployment payments

Alaska will join at least a dozen other states in opting out of extra federal benefits for unemployed workers, citing workforce shortages. The withdrawal will end a $300 weekly payment that was added under the Federal Pandemic...
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Alaska providers pause use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine while feds investigate rare risk of blood clots

Alaska providers are following the federal recommendation to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines while they figure out the clotting risk.
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Juneau’s Bartlett Regional Hospital cited for infection control issues

Inspectors from the state’s health department visited Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau in January after an employee complained of an unsafe workplace.
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Two Alaska Senate staff members test positive for COVID-19

Two staff members in Alaska’s Senate tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
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State launches new COVID-19 grant program requiring officials to address barriers to health care

The state health department is rolling out a new program designed to get millions in federal funds directly to boroughs and communities to help them combat COVID-19.
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Dunleavy’s public safety commissioner says she was forced to resign

Amanda Price says she was told that the administration is “taking public safety in a different direction.”