• A crowded Republican field for governor competes outside of spotlight

    The seal of the state of Alaska in the governor’s temporary offices in Juneau in 2016. Seven Republicans are running for their party’s nomination to be governor. Five have received less attention. They give various reasons for running. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    There are seven candidates in Tuesday’s primary to become the Republican nominee for governor of Alaska. Former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy and former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell have received most of the attention. But ther
  • In Utqiaġvik, a growing erosion problem may soon outpace local efforts to slow it

    A piece of the Utqiaġvik coastline in a residential area near downtown. Some of this bluff was eroded away during the September 2017 storm. Visible to the left are “supersacks,” part of the North Slope Borough’s current strategy for combating erosion. July 16th, 2018. (Ravenna Koenig/ Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    Erosion is a widespread problem throughout Alaska, with at least 31 villages and towns facing imminent threats.
    In Utqiaġvik, a lot of that erosion is co
  • The Big Thaw Ep 2: The Senator

    Which side is Lisa Murkowski on? Alaska’s senior senator faces an impossible balancing act: How to reconcile her state’s dependence on the oil industry with the fact that Alaska is extremely vulnerable to climate change. She says we need to reduce carbon emissions but remains an ardent advocate for more oil production. She straddles both sides of the debate. But in her straddling, she also represents us all: how do we come to terms with our dependence on the very products that are th
  • Unalaska approves plastic bag ban to take effect Jan. 1

    The Unalaska City Council voted Tuesday to prohibit distribution of single-use plastic shopping bags by island retailers, including Safeway. (Photo by Berett Wilber/KUCB)
    Starting next year, Unalaska retailers won’t be allowed to distribute single-use plastic bags to their customers. If they do, they’ll be hit with $100 fines each time.
    The City Council unanimously passed the bag ban Tuesday night after about six months of discussion and overwhelming public support.
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  • Gardentalk – Thyme for a deep chive featuring sage advice; homegrown herbs are a big dill for cooks

    Even prolific weeds cannot crowd out these chives and prevent them from returning year after year in a North Douglas garden. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)
    What is an Alaskan chef to do if they need fresh herbs for their latest dish?
    Harvest from their own garden or check their freezer, of course.
    Fresh, homegrown herbs such as sage, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, chives, dill, basil, tarragon and oregano can really add that extra pop to any dish.
    In a recent edition of Gardentalk, Master Gardener Ed B
  • Newscast – Wednesday, August 15, 2018

    Stories include christening of the state ferry Tazlina and a new executive director named for Perseverance Theatre.
  • The mysterious case of Alaska’s strange sockeye salmon returns this year

    Ava Daugherty, of Juneau, grabs a salmon from Sara Gering, of Juneau, as the two work to offload more than several thousand pounds of salmon from the fishing tender San Juan on July 19, 2018, in Juneau. Behind them, San Juan captain Bonny Millard, looks on. Millard said it has been an unusual season for sockeye salmon that she is picking up from commercial fishermen in Southeast Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    There’s something unusual going on with the socke
  • Sullivan, military brass visit Nome with ambitions for Arctic role in national security

    U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Karl Schultz, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, and Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer talked to reporters from the beach near the Nome Port. Photos by Margaret DeMaioribus/KNOM.
    U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz are touring the state in an effort to push for national security in the Arctic.
    Their visit Monday in Nome coincides with the National Defense Authorization Act, which was scheduled to be
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  • With few school buses, Lower Kuskokwim School District turns to Kusko Cab to transport students

    For the time being, the Lower Kuskokwim School District does not have enough school buses to transport its Bethel students.  (Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK)
    As school starts in Bethel, some parents still are not entirely sure how their children are getting there.
    After parting ways with a long-time contractor, the Lower Kuskokwim School District doesn’t have nearly enough school buses for the city’s students.
    Administrators are scrambling to find transportation for them, and they&rsq
  • Nearly a year after Maria, Puerto Rico officials claim power is totally restored

    In October 2017, a resident tries to connect electrical lines downed by Hurricane Maria in Toa Baja. Puerto Rican officials say electricity has returned to all residents without it after the hurricane. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press)
    Puerto Rico’s sole provider of electricity for 1.5 million residents says power has been returned to all homes that lost electricity from Hurricane Maria last September.
    Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority identified a family near the mountainous,
  • DEC issues water advisory for 6 Ketchikan beaches

    Rotary Beach south of Saxman is also called Bugge’s Beach. (File photo by KRBD)
    The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation issued a water-quality advisory on Tuesday for six beach areas in Ketchikan.
    Recent tests show those areas have elevated levels of enterococci and fecal coliform bacteria.
    People are advised to avoid exposure to the water next to South Point Higgins Beach, Shull Beach south of Whipple Creek, Sunset Beach on the south end of Mud Bight, Thomas Basin downtown, Ro
  • Alaska candidate faces charges over food stamp benefits

    JUNEAU, Alaska — An Alaska legislative candidate and her husband have been accused of misleading the state in applying for food stamps.
    Candidate Rebecca Halat says the last year has been hard on her family, with her husband being laid off. She says she’s not scared by “false allegations from those trying to steal this election.”
    Halat, who goes by Bekah, is a Republican running against state Rep. Chris Birch in next week’s GOP primary for an Anchorage Senate seat.
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  • Sturgeon case navigates its way back in front of Supreme Court

    John Sturgeon discusses his U.S. Supreme Court case on Feb. 17, 2016, with the Alaska Senate Resources Committee. Sturgeon is the plaintiff in Sturgeon v. Frost, a case involving a dispute over federal control over navigable waters. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)
    The State of Alaska will weigh in again on a lawsuit over management rights of navigable waterways, known as the Sturgeon case, which is back before the U.S. Supreme Court.
    The case began more than a decade ago. Federal officials told A
  • Independent Don Etheridge seeks Senate seat with labor and local Republicans’ backing

    Cathy Muñoz introduces Don Etheridge as a candidate for Alaska’s Senate District Q at a campaign event at Rie Muñoz Gallery on July 12, 2018. Muñoz is a former Republican House member. Etheridge is running as an independent. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    Juneau’s Don Etheridge is running as an independent for state Senate District Q. The longtime labor lobbyist is vying for the seat against Demo
  • Senator who often stood alone runs for state’s highest office

    Former Wasilla state Sen. Mike Dunleavy is running to be the Republican nominee for Alaska’s governor. (Photo by Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)
    By the end of his time in the Alaska Senate, Wasilla Republican Mike Dunleavy often stood alone. Now he’s hoping that his sometimes solitary positions will draw support from across the state in his run for governor.
    When Mike Dunleavy left the Senate majority in April 2016, he became the first senator in at least four decades who was outsi
  • Tazlina christened at Ketchikan shipyard

    The Alaska Marine Highway System’s newest ferry Tazlina is the first state-owned ferry ever built in Alaska.
    During a ceremony Saturday on board the vessel, Ketchikan residents and state officials gathered for the ferry’s christening ceremony.https://krbd-org.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/13TazChristening.mp3
    The ferry’s car deck was packed with people eager to see the new vessel, built in Ketchikan’s Vigor Alaska shipyard. Most of those attending were loca
  • Perseverance Theatre names new leader

    Joshua Midgett will take the helm of the Douglas-based theater company as it celebrates its 40th season. (Photo courtesy of Perseverance Theatre)
    Perseverance Theatre has hired a new executive director.
    Joshua Midgett will join the Douglas-based regional theater company this fall.
    He’ll work alongside longtime theater chief Art Rotch who will continue on as artistic director.
    Midgett spent five of his childhood years in Alaska’s capital city where he attended elementary and middle sc
  • Donlin Mine nabs two major permits at Army Corps signing

    Donlin Gold’s general manager Andrew Cole (right) signs the permits with Colonel Michael Brooks (left), district commander for the Army Corps of Engineers (Photo by Krysti Shallenberger/KYUK).
    A huge proposed gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta cleared a major hurdle on Monday, Aug. 13.
    “The spirit of this joint record of decision is about everyone coming together and working together and coming up with a quicker decision,” said David Hobbie, of the Army Corps of Engineers&r
  • CBJ Assembly Meeting – Aug. 13, 2018

  • Newscast – Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    Stories include an update on Juneau’s local mining laws, an increase in EMT/firefighter staffing for Capital City Fire/Rescue, and an Anchorage proposal banning plastic bags.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2018/08/noon081418.mp3
  • A Juneau Afternoon, Friday August 17

    `A Juneau Afternoon 8-17-2018
    Andy Kline will be your host:
    We’ll hear about fall classes at The Learning Connection, including GED and English language & citizenship bootcamps;
    Get details on the latest cosmic activities at the Marie Drake Planetarium;
    Find out how to attend the UAS School of Career & Technical Education Open House;
    And get warmed up for the Juneau Symphony 2018-2019 season!
  • Juneau Assembly election status? It’s complicated

    A woman crosses Marine Way in front of Juneau City Hall on Sept. 25, 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    Juneau’s list of candidates has been finalized for the Oct. 2 municipal election. And it’s complicated.
    The mayor contest will be a three-way race between Assemblymembers Norton Gregory, Beth Weldon and political newcomer Saralyn Tabachnick.
    Mayor Ken Koelsch isn’t running.
    No incumbent is being challenged. Assemblyman Loren Jones is running unopposed for his District 1 seat.
  • Best Starts initiative fails to make October ballot

    Nikki Love of the Southeast Alaska chapter of the Association for the Education of Young Children was among scores of Juneau residents who turned out to Monday’s Juneau Assembly meeting to support Best Starts, a subsidized child care initiative. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)
    A measure asking Juneau voters to support raising property taxes to expand child care will not appear on the October ballot.
    Residents packed Assembly Chambers with an overflow crowd upstairs watching on closed-circuit
  • Treadwell points to experience in campaign for governor

    Mead Treadwell says he would draw from his business and government experience if he’s elected governor. (Photo by Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)
    Mead Treadwell is trying to make up ground in the race to win the Aug. 21 primary to become the Republican candidate for governor.
    When Treadwell says why he should be governor, the former lieutenant governor talked about the sheer range of issues he’s faced in business and government.
    “You need a candidate with experience to be you
  • Juneau mining ordinance survives overhaul

    A mining truck drives the Greens Creek road in 2013. (Photo by Mike Satre/Hecla Greens Creek Mine)Juneau’s local mining law has been left intact. That’s following more than a year of contentious debate.
    A group of businessmen tied to the Echo Bay’s failed gold mining venture in the 1990s proposed the overhaul of the local mining ordinance.
    Mining critic Guy Archibald of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council praised the Juneau Assembly-appointed mining subcommitte
  • Juneau adds third ambulance crew

    An ambulance and Juneau police officer at the Driftwood Hotel on Dec. 16, 2016. (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)
    Capital City Fire/Rescue will be adding a third ambulance crew to cover peak times. That’s following an extra $361,000 approved by the Juneau Assembly.
    The extra funds will cover four new EMT/firefighters assigned to 12-hour shifts, covering peak daytime demand.
    Travis Wolfe, head of the local firefighters union, praised Monday night’s action. But he reiterated the union’
  • Airline employee who stole and crashed Horizon Air plane had Wasilla roots

    Richard “Beebo” Russell included this picture of himself in an unlisted YouTube video he posted in December 2017.
    The airline worker authorities say stole a commercial plane Friday at Sea-Tac International Airport before crashing on a Puget Sound island is a former Alaskan and 2008 graduate of Wasilla High School.
    Richard “Beebo” Russell, 29, had been a star athlete for the Wasilla Warriors, competing in football, track and
  • TMHS alum Kevin Allen attempts third run for school board

    Kevin Allen poses for a portrait in 2016 outside the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building in Juneau. Allen is running for Juneau School Board for a third time. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KTOO)
    College student Kevin Allen will make a third attempt to win a seat on the Juneau School Board in the Oct. 2 municipal election.
    Allen, 20, graduated from Thunder Mountain High School in 2016. He previously served as a student representative to the school board during his senior year.
    He ran unsuccessfull
  • What can Alaska learn from Connecticut’s green bank?

    Solar panels  installed at the Administration and Humanities Building on UAA’s campus. (Photo by Samantha Davenport, Alaska Public Media)
    Governor Bill Walker’s Climate Action Leadership Team is trying to envision innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions in Alaska. For inspiration, task force members are looking to Connecticut, where a state-sponsored bank has helped loan millions of dollars for energy efficiency projects.Bert Hunter has a favorite project the Connecticut Gree
  • A Juneau Afternoon, Thursday August 16

    A Juneau Afternoon 8-16-2018
    Kate Enge will be here with our weekly update from Juneau Public Library;
    We’ll hear about Craft Beer 101, an intimate and progressive local beer tasting tour;
    Get details on the Juneau Community Garden’s Harvest Fair;
    And Nancy DeCherney will be in with Arts Up!
    Tonight at 7pm, tune in for the New Yorker Radio Hour, now weekly on Thursdays 7-8pm on KTOO
  • Newscast – Monday, August 13, 2018

    Stories include a set of earthquakes reported on the North Slope yesterday and CBJ Assembly preparing to add funding for staff at Capital City Fire/Rescue.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2018/08/noon081318.mp3
  • A Juneau Afternoon, Wednesday August 15

    A Juneau Afternoon 8-15-2018
    Ben Brown will be your host
    Club Baby Seal will be in to promote their stand-up comedy shows this weekend!
    Get details on the UAS School of Education scholarship fund with Mayor Koelsch (rhymes with belch).
    Hear from Perseverance Theater about their upcoming activities;
    And Juneau School District will tell us everything we need to know before going back to school;A J
  • A Juneau Afternoon, Tuesday August 14

    A Juneau Afternoon 8-14-2018
    We are on our summer schedule for A Juneau Afternoon with live shows Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. If you’d like to be on A Juneau Afternoon, visit ktoo.org and click “Contact Us.”
    Now through the month of August, we’ll be airing episodes of A Way With Words on Tuesdays from 3-4pm on KTOO. On KRNN, from 4-5pm, catch the latest episode of E-town.
  • Army Corp To Roll Out Major Decision On Donlin Mine Monday

    The proposed mine could impact 3,500 acres of wetlands in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. (Katie Basile/KYUK)
    The Army Corps of Engineers is set to roll out its record of decision for the proposed Donlin mine on Monday, August 13. This could be one of the biggest gold mines in the world, if approved.
    “We’re excited. This is a major milestone for the project moving forward,” said Donlin Gold spokesperson Kurt Parkan.
    The company needs at least 100 permits before they can start mining
  • Court: Some sex offenders don’t need to register in Alaska

    JUNEAU — The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that some sex offenders convicted outside the state are not required to register in Alaska.
    The Juneau Empire reports the court ruled Friday that the Alaska Department of Public Safety does not have leeway when determining if out-of-state sex crimes match with offenses under Alaska law.
    For registered sex offenders who moved to Alaska, it was up to the public safety department to determine if their names would be entered into Alaska’s sex o
  • Top military officials visit Alaska bases

    Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson visits Air Force personnel at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson during her first visit to Alaska since taking over the branch (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)
    High-ranking military brass visited Alaska as part of the annual pilgrimage by federal officials and cabinet members during the August recess.
    Though national defense spending is up, different services are facing major recruitment challenges.http://media.aprn.org/2018/ann-20180810-01.mp3
  • Decades-old federal policy placed Newtok in the path of climate change

    The nearest homes are now just 40 feet from the edge of the Ninglick River. The village could lose that amount of land in just one or two storms. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    On a chilly afternoon last November, I went to visit George Carl, the vice president of the Newtok Village Council. He’s a slight, wiry man in his mid-60s with a bushy gray mustache and a pair of surprisingly hip blue glas
  • Klukwan man found in stable condition after two days missing in woods

    A 74-year old Klukwan resident who was missing for nearly two days in a remote area of the Chilkat Valley has been found in stable condition, according to Haines Police.
    Valentino Burattin was reported missing to local police when he failed to return from a berry picking trip on Friday.
    His vehicle was located on a remote road Saturday evening.
    Multiple agencies from around Southeast assisted in the search.
    Local police and emergency personnel were joined by two U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitk
  • No injuries reported in Saturday evening fire on Fritz Cove Road

    Firefighters responded to fire Saturday evening at a single-family residence on Fritz Cove Road.
    Firefighters found a large amount of smoke and flames upon arrival in the basement, but put the fire was quickly put out.
    The house suffered smoke and soot damage throughout, but the amount of damage was undetermined.
    No human injuries were reported. Two cats are missing, but they’re believed to have escaped.
    The fire marshal said the origin of the fire appears to be a workbench in the bas
  • Juneau Assembly expected to boost Capital City Fire/Rescue staffing

    A Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighter climbs a truck ladder to the third floor on Sept. 17, 2017, as a fire continues to burn at 526 Seward Street. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)
    The Juneau Assembly will consider Monday adding funding for a third, year-round ambulance for Capital City Fire/Rescue.
    Both the city administration and front-line firefighters say the fire department already is stretched thin, and the extra staff is necessary to respond to a dramatic increase in medical calls.
  • No foul play suspected in death of man at gun range

    Police do not suspect foul play after a man suffered a fatal gunshot wound Saturday at a Juneau gun range.
    According to a Juneau Police Department news release, Bruce Owens, 63,  and a friend went to Juneau Mercantile & Armory in Mendenhall Valley on Saturday to do some recreational shooting.
    A 911 caller reported at about 2 p.m. that someone — later identified as Owens – was shot in the head.
    Juneau Police Lt. Krag Campbell confirmed that upon arrival, emergency personnel f
  • Researchers study climate change impacts on Sitka Sound kelp forest

    A kelp forest in Sitka Sound, being studied by researchers from University of California Santa Cruz. (Photo by Rachel Cassandra/KCAW)
    The kelp forests in Sitka Sound are rich ecosystems, full of animals that feed on seaweed.
    The Sitka Sound Science Center is hosting researchers from the University of California Santa Cruz who are examining these forests.https://kcaw-org.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/01KELP.mp3
    The University of California Santa Cruz’s researchers load a brigh
  • Prison art market has its limits

    Anthony Garcia engraves a silver bracelet in the hobby shop at Spring Creek Correctional Center. (Photo by Anne Hillman/Alaska Public Media)Spring Creek Correctional Center has a unique legal internal economy.
    The inmates run a prison store that sells food, hygiene items and clothing.
    Profits from the store stay inside the facility and are divided up between nine different funds, including one that provides equipment for the hobby shop.
    Anthony Garcia sat at a long table facing th
  • Officials: Man who stole plane at Sea-Taca and died in crash not a pilot

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Investigators are piecing together how an airline ground agent stole an empty commercial airplane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound after being chased by military jets that were quickly scrambled to intercept the aircraft.
    Officials said Saturday that the man was a 3.5-year Horizon Airlines employee and had clearance to be among aircraft, but that to their knowledge, he wasn’t a licensed pilot.
    The 29
  • Officials: Man who stole plane at Sea-Tac and died in crash not a pilot

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Investigators are piecing together how an airline ground agent stole an empty commercial airplane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound after being chased by military jets that were quickly scrambled to intercept the aircraft.
    Officials said Saturday that the man was a 3.5-year Horizon Airlines employee and had clearance to be among aircraft, but that to their knowledge, he wasn’t a licensed pilot.
    The 29
  • After 17 days and 1,000 miles, a mother orca’s ‘tour of grief’ is over

    In this photo, taken Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, and released by the Center for Whale Research, an orca known as J-35, foreground, swims with podmates near Friday Harbor, Alaska. (AP)
    After carrying her deceased baby for at least 17 days and 1,000 miles, an orca mother has shown signs of returning to normal.
    She was seen Saturday with fellow members of her pod, chasing a school of salmon. She is no longer carrying her baby, and she looks healthy. “Her tour of grief is now over and her behavio
  • Record-breaking earthquake recorded on North Slope

    The main earthquake was recorded 52 miles Southwest of Kaktovik. (Image courtesy United States Geological Survey)
    A large earthquake was recorded on the North Slope, 52 miles southwest of Kaktovik at around 7 am Sunday, Aug. 12. So far, there are no reports of any major impacts to communities or infrastructure as a result of the magnitude 6.4 quake.
    “This is the biggest earthquake within a few hundred miles, at least, of that area that we have records for,” said Alaska Earthquake Cen
  • Biggest-ever earthquake recorded on North Slope

    The main earthquake was recorded 52 miles Southwest of Kaktovik. (Image courtesy United States Geological Survey)
    This story has been updated.
    The biggest-ever earthquake on the North Slope was recorded just before 7 am Sunday morning, about 50 miles southwest of Kaktovik.So far, there are no reports of any significant impacts to communities or infrastructure as a result of the 6.4 quake.“This is the biggest earthquake within a few hundred miles, at least, of that area that we have records
  • Mix of legislators and veterans compete to be Republican lieutenant governor candidate

    There are six candidates seeking the Republican primary nomination to be Alaska’s lieutenant governor. From left to right, top to bottom: Lynn Gattis, Sharon Jackson, Kevin Meyer, Edie Grunwald and Gary Stevens. Not pictured: Stephen Wright. (Photos by Skip Gray/360 North, Leila Kheiry/KRBD and Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)
    Six Alaskans are running to be the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor. Half are current or former state legislators, the other half are milita
  • Switzer Village mobile home destroyed by fire

    A Capital City Fire/Rescue crew works the scene of a mobile home fire Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Switzer Village. (Photo courtesy Juneau Police Department)
    A double-wide mobile home is a total loss after a fire Saturday morning in Switzer Village.
    In a news release, the Fire Marshal’s Office said the fire likely started near the front door but did not know the cause.
    Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel arrived on scene to find heavy fire and smoke.
    The occupants were not home, but investig

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