Zoe Grueskin, KTOO - Juneau


Tie-dye, rainbows and love songs: Juneau’s first youth LGBTQ Pride party

Pride week in Juneau featured something new this year: a party just for LGBTQ middle school and high school students.

$20M state grant released to Alaska schools, but future funding remains unclear

School districts across Alaska are looking forward to a bump in their bank accounts from a $20M grant appropriated last year. But the overall outlook for state education spending is far from clear.

Using local foods, a Juneau middle school teacher demystifies cooking for kids

For kids who’ve never cooked, smoking their own salmon might seem out of reach. But a Juneau teacher believes it’s just another life skill his students can master — and he shows them how to do it.

Meet the first girls of Juneau Cub Scouts

The first girls to become Cub Scouts in Juneau have met both support and confrontation in the community.

Juneau high schoolers headed to world robotics championship

A high school robotics team from Juneau is competing in a world championship this month. It’s the first time a team from Southeast Alaska has made it this far.

Alaska’s rural schools could get a boost in internet speed

For the last five years, the state has helped Alaska schools pay for faster internet — up to a point. As technology has advanced, some say it’s time to raise the bar. A pair of bills before the Legislature would do just that.

How school districts can keep students safe from abuse

If records and reference checks don’t turn up any red flags, there isn’t much other information available to school districts. But there are other steps districts can take to emphasize student safety.

How Alaska schools can help students dealing with trauma

In January, the state put out a new resource designed to help schools support students who have experienced trauma. It contains 11 chapters full of stories and best practices, created with input from over 200 teachers, counselors and community members across the state.

Southeast students explore careers to meet Alaska’s behavioral health needs

Alaska has a shortage of health care workers, especially in rural areas. Students from around Southeast came to Juneau to explore careers in behavioral health, a field that covers mental health and substance abuse.

Murkowski reintroduces bill to prevent violence against Indigenous women and girls

Sen. Lisa Murkowski has reintroduced Savanna’s Act, which would improve data collection on missing and murdered Native women and require federal agencies to consult with tribes.

Amid uncertainty, Juneau schools still supporting families hurt by shutdown

During the shutdown, the Juneau School District saw an increase in families applying for free or reduced-price school meals.

Online ‘trolls’ spark support for Juneau’s furloughed federal workers

Despite assumptions from the outside, the longest government shutdown in U.S. history isn’t a vacation. Many federal workers are having a hard time paying bills.

Juneau food bank opens doors to federal workers during shutdown

The Southeast Alaska Food Bank plans to open its doors to federal workers every Monday until the government is reopened.

Alaska officials call on court to uphold Indian Child Welfare Act

Alaska’s attorney general and two of the state’s congressional lawmakers are calling on a federal appeals court to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act. A U.S. district court judge struck the law down in October.

What’s in a name? After student push, Juneau-Douglas High School adds Tlingit name: Yadaa.at Kalé

The Juneau School Board voted unanimously to accept the gift of a Tlingit name for Juneau-Douglas High School. Yadaa.at Kalé is a name given to Mt. Juneau, meaning “beautifully adorned face.”

How Juneau grocers are helping families during winter break

Nearly 500 students across the Juneau School District went home Thursday with bags full of food for winter break. All the food was donated, packed up and delivered by local grocery stores.

Alaska Airlines workers rally again for higher wages, job security

Disappointed by the last round of union negotiations, airline workers again rallied at airports across the west coast, including Juneau International Airport.

Dunleavy retains Michael Johnson as education commissioner

Unlike other members of the cabinet, the education commissioner is not directly appointed by the governor. Instead, the choice is made by the Alaska Board of Education. The governor confirms the board’s pick.

Reconnecting with roots at Alaska Native languages summit

The three-day language summit brought together nearly 80 speakers of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian languages: Lingít, X̱aad Kíl and Sm’algyax.

Voting materials available in Alaska Native languages, Spanish, Tagalog

Alaska has a federal mandate to provide language assistance to voters who need it. This year, full ballot translations are available in 10 languages, including eight Alaska Native languages and dialects. Listen now