• Session end is murky as budget takes shape

    This plaque marks the newly renamed Al Adams Committee Room, where the House Finance Committee meets in the Alaska State Capitol. House finance subcommittees have been finishing their work this week. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO)
    Finance subcommittees in both the Alaska House and Senate have been making progress on the budget, but it remained unclear on Thursday, the session’s 38th day, if lawmakers will be done in the 90 days set by state law.
    The House finance subcommittees
  • Waste Management closes recycling building, sets up temporary replacement

    The city’s temporary drop-off recycling area in Lemon Creek. (Photo courtesy City and Borough of Juneau)
    The city’s drop-off recycling center building in Lemon Creek has been closed due to concerns over its structural integrity.
    “So you’re going about your errands on a Saturday, and I think we’re all required under CBJ ordinance to go to Fred Meyer and then recycling and then Costco,” joked former Juneau Police Lt. Kris Sell at a January 2017 Mudrooms.
    But the
  • JAHC apologizes for Wearable Art controversy

    The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council apologized Thursday for the harm from its Wearable Art 2018 show.
    In a statement, the council’s board acknowledges the situation surrounding the geisha-inspired piece that ran in Saturday’s show could have been avoided or better handled.
    The board apologized to all parties involved, including the artist and model and the other artists whose work was overshadowed by the controversy.
    “At an institutional level, many steps could have been tak
  • Can Southeast share the wealth of tourism growth?

    Passengers walk a downtown Juneau dock where three cruise ships are tied up June 11, 2017. A little more than 1 million people rode ships to Alaska that summer. By 2019, the number will be 19 percent higher. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)
    The number of cruise ship passengers visiting Alaska will jump almost 20 percent over the next two years.
    Port cities need to plan for the infrastructure needed to support that many people.
    One industry idea could change community control of the fees
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  • Sitka lawyer appointed as judge, vetting of applicants for Juneau bench underway

    Defendant Reuben Yerkes sits by public defender Jude Pate in Sitka Superior Court on Monday, May 15, 2017.(File photo by Robert Woolsey/KCAW)
    Sitka has a new Superior Court judge.
    Gov. Bill Walker selected Jude Pate to succeed retiring Judge David George.
    Pate, currently a public defender in Sitka, was one of two lawyers nominated for the bench by the Alaska Judicial Council.
    Private attorney Julie Willoughby of Juneau was the other nominee.
    Before becoming a public defender, Pate worked as a la
  • Morning update — Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

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    In this newscast:Alaskans comment on Trump draft proposal to open state waters to oil, gas development: Alaskans gathered in downtown Anchorage on Wednesday night to weigh in on the Trump administration’s proposal to open almost all Alaska waters to oil and gas development.
    Walker selects Jude Pate to succeed retiring Superior Court Judge David George: Pate, currently a public defender in Sitka, was one of two lawy
  • Mudrooms for February 2018

    Mudrooms for February 2018
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  • Alaskans comment on Trump draft proposal to open state waters to oil, gas development

    Alaska’s congressional delegation has asked that only three Alaska offshore areas remain in the leasing plan. (Photo courtesy of The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management)
    Alaskans gathered in downtown Anchorage on Wednesday night to weigh in on the Trump administration’s proposal to open almost all Alaska waters to oil and gas development.
    The Wednesday night meeting was the only opportunity for Alaskans to comment on the draft proposal in person, and many showed up to speak out against
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  • Overdose deaths fall in 14 states — including Alaska

    A woman is loaded into an ambulance in Huntington, West Virginia, following an opioid overdose rescue. Experts say a decline in overdose deaths in 14 states is due in part to increased use of the overdose antidote naloxone. (Photo by Pew Charitable Trusts)
    New provisional data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that drug overdose deaths declined in 14 states during the 12-month period that ended July 2017, a potentially hopeful sign that policies aimed at
  • Walker expected to announce Fansler replacement

    Gov. Bill Walker signs HB 141 at Bethel’s Yuut Elitnaurviat surrounded by high school students from the Kuskokwim Learning Academy on August 29, 2017. The governor has selected Rep. Fansler’s replacement remarkably quickly. (Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK)
    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has selected state Rep. Zach Fansler’s replacement — and his office plans to announce its choice Thursday morning.
    The governor chose the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta’s new legislator remarkably quickly
  • Walker appoints Zulkosky as Fansler replacement

    Updated | 11:01 a.m. Thursday
    Tiffany Zulkosky is one of three candidates that House District 38’s nominating committee forwarded to the governor this week. Gov. Bill Walker appointed her Thursday to Zach Fansler’s House District 38 seat.
    (Photo courtesy Tiffany Zulkosky)
    Gov. Bill Walker announced that he has appointed Tiffany Zulkosky to represent House District 38.
    On Wednesday, KYUK presented the a profile of Zulkosky, the first of three profiles with the nominees.
    Zulkosky&
  • Expert: Number of Alaska cruise visitors expected to grow

    JUNEAU — A cruise industry expert says his organization expects the number of cruise ship visitors in Alaska to make a sizeable jump in the next two years.
    The Juneau Empire reported Wednesday that John Binkley, the president of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska, said he predicts a 19 percent jump from the number of cruise ship visitors in 2017 to the number of visitors in 2019. Binkley says that would mean 200,000 more visitors in Alaska.
    He says about 1.1 million cruise visit
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  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio softens on gun restrictions

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he would support raising the age limit to 21 for those wanting to purchase AR-15-style rifles.
    “If you are 18 years of age, you should not be able to buy a rifle,” Rubio said at a CNN town hall meeting Wednesday night. “I will support a law that takes that right away.”
    Rubio, who has an A-plus rating from the National Rifle Association, said he does not support arming teachers, but does support background check regulation reform.
    Rubio also s
  • Alaska Legislature passes bill to legalize industrial hemp

    Close-up to hemp seeds which were not seperated from the hemp plant. (Creative commons photo by D-Kuru/Wikimedia Commons)
    A bill to legalize the production of industrial hemp has made its way through both the Alaska House and Senate and now awaits the governor’s pen.
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    The legislation would allow registered participants into a pilot project to grow hemp if signed into law.
    That’s the name typically used for varieties of the cannabis plant
  • Scientist resigns in tussle over release of National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska data

    An oil lease sale for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska saw limited interest, despite more land being offered than ever before. (Photo by Bob Wick, courtesy BLM)
    A report on Alaska’s oil potential is at the heart of a controversy at the Department of Interior.
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    The magazine Mother Jones reports that a top scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey resigned late last year to protest what he saw as a threat to the agency’s scient
  • News report raises questions about Anchorage mayoral candidate’s past

    Mayoral candidate Rebecca Logan speaks with reporters at City Hall after filing paperwork to run in the 2018 municipal election. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)
    Newly reported court records are raising questions about the personal history of a prominent candidate in the Anchorage mayor’s race.
    http://media.aprn.org/2018/ann-20180221-06.mp3
    Rebecca Logan is challenging incumbent mayor Ethan Berkowitz in this spring’s upcoming municipal elections.
    Logan, the general man
  • As Wearable Art controversy tips toxic online, community comes together to find way forward

    The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council board listens to public testimony at its monthly meeting on Wednesday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. About 100 people turned out to listen and weigh in on the council’s handling of a geisha-themed entry at the weekend’s Wearable Art show. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council held its first board meeting on Wednesday since controversy broke at the one of Juneau’s biggest arts events of the year.
    About
  • Senate president seeks work or volunteer requirement for Medicaid recipients

    Sen. Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, speaks at a Senate Majority press availability in February 2017. Kelly has proposed a bill that would require Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)
    Alaska Senate President Pete Kelly has introduced a bill that would require people who receive Medicaid to work, engage in subsistence activities or volunteer. But the legislation faces obstacles in the House, and is raising concern from those who provide health care to low-income Alask
  • Federal regulators push for more information on Alaska’s gasline project

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has directed the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation to study the City of Valdez, shown here from the sky, as an optional route for the state’s $45 billion gasline export project. (Photo by Total Heliski)
    Last week, the state’s gasline corporation got a letter from the federal agency leading the permitting process for the AlaskaLNG project.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says the state agency isn’t answering a lot of its ques
  • Hilcorp CEO steps down

    An oil rig in Cook Inlet, Feb. 22, 2009. (Creative Commons photo by hig314)
    The CEO and founder of one of the biggest oil companies in Alaska has stepped down.
    Hilcorp’s Jeffery Hildebrand has handed the reins over to the company’s former executive vice president, Greg Lalicker. A spokesperson from the company’s Texas headquarters confirmed the transition, saying in an emailed statement it was announced internally last November.
    “The organizational change comes as the com
  • Juneau Afternoon – 2-22-18

    Thursday at 3 on a Juneau Afternoon,
     
    Learn about a new program at the Juneau Shambhala Center;
     
    We’ll find out what’s happening at ShoeFly this month during Final Friday.
     
    We’ll get a preview of the new exhibit at the Alaska State Museum on the NN Cannery Project, with Dr. Katherine Ringsmuth;
    And Nancy DeCherney will be here with Arts Up.
    That, Bird Note, music and more on A Juneau Afternoon, live at 3 on KTOO, repeated at 4 on KRNN, and available on-demand
  • Unalaska revisits wind power, hoping for a renewable energy source

    When Unalaska last looked into wind power there was no technology strong enough to withstand the island’s wind. (Photo by Berett Wilber/KUCB)
    Unalaskans know the island’s wind is strong — it can blow over 100 miles per hour.
    Back in 2005, the city council funded a study to see if that wind could be used for power generation. The former city manager, Nancy Peterson, said that they basically concluded that it wasn’t possible because there was no technology strong enough to
  • JAHC board to discuss fallout from Wearable Art

    The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council has received more than 40 emails related to its handling of a controversial piece at this past weekend’s Wearable Art show.The organization’s board will hold its regular meeting at 5 p.m. today at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Executive Director Nancy DeCherney said there will be facilitated public comment from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. specifically for people to weigh in on the matter.DeCherney said they will ask speakers to limit themselves to
  • Watch Sen. Murkowski address the Alaska Legislature

    U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski delivers her annual address to the Alaska Legislature at 11 a.m. Thursday.
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks to a Joint Session of the Alaska Legislature on Feb. 22, 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)
    Come back to this post at 11 a.m. for a live stream of Gavel Alaska coverage. Or watch on 360 North television, which is available in Juneau over the air on channel 3.3, or on cable and satellite.
    She’s expected to speak and take questions from state lawmakers f
  • Newscast – Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

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    Stories include a proposed appropriation for ANWR seismic testing, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen advocating for increased funding, publishers of Anchorage Daily News buying three more publications, and a winter storm watch issued for Juneau and parts of Southeast Alaska on Thursday.
  • Haines fire chief resigns after DUI arrest

    Haines Borough Public Safety Building. (File photo from KHNS)
    A few days after he was arrested for driving under the influence, Haines Fire Chief Brian Clay resigned from his position.
    Haines police arrested Fire Chief Brian Clay on Feb. 10. A few days later, Haines Borough Manager Debra Schnabel announced publicly at an assembly meeting that Clay had resigned.
    “Chief Clay, the fire chief has resigned from his position,” she said. “Assistant Chief, Al Giddings, has moved into h
  • ‘We will not give up’: Florida school shooting survivors march for tougher gun laws

    Updated at 1:50 p.m. ET
    A week after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school, students who survived the attack brought their #NeverAgain protest movement to Tallahassee to demand action on guns and mental health. Thousands of activists marched on the state Capitol to pressure lawmakers Wednesday, even as their peers elsewhere in the U.S. staged protests of their own in solidarity.
    “Dear Congress: How can you claim to stand for the people but let your kids get slaughtered like an
  • Skagway residents sell sandwiches to raise funds for Florida shooting victims

    Skagway residents hope to raise funds to help those affected by a Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
    Seventeen people, including students and staff, were killed. Many others were injured.
    Thousands of miles away, in Skagway, Alaska, one family wanted to help those affected.
    http://media.aprn.org/2018/ann-20180220-10.mp3When Skagway resident Greg Getz heard the news, he knew he wanted to offer some sort of support.
    “My wife and I saw tha
  • Walker appoints Air Force veteran to Dunleavy Senate vacancy

    Lt. Col. Mike Shower prepares for an F-22 Raptor training sortie Feb. 4 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott Wolfe)
    Gov. Bill Walker has appointed retired Air Force Lt. Col. Mike Shower to fill the vacancy in Senate District E.
    Shower lives in Wasilla, and currently works as a pilot for FedEx.
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    Mike Shower is the third person appointed by Walker to fill the seat once occupied by Mike Dunleavy.
    Dunleavy resigned from the se
  • CBJ Regular Meeting – 1-8-18

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  • CBJ Assembly Meeting – 1-22-18

    CBJ Meeting 1-22-18
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  • Morning update — Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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    In this newscast:Alaska Pacific University skier wins gold in cross-country team sprint: Kikkan Randall grew up in Anchorage and skies competitively for Alaska Pacific University. She has multiple gold medals from World Cup races but has had her eyes on an Olympic medal since Sochi four years ago.
    Remember NAFTA? It might keep Atlantic salmon farms in Puget Sound: New Brunswick, Canada-based Cooke Aquaculture says it wil
  • CBJ Assembly Regular Meeting – 2-12-18

    CBJ Meeting – 2-12-18
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  • Remember NAFTA? It might keep Atlantic salmon farms in Puget Sound

    Cooke Aquaculture’s ruined Atlantic salmon farm off Cypress Island on Aug. 28. (Photo courtesy Washington Department of Natural Resources)
    The Canadian owner of an Atlantic salmon farm that collapsed last summer near Anacortes vows to use the North American Free Trade Agreement to save its fish farms in Puget Sound.
    New Brunswick, Canada-based Cooke Aquaculture says it will pursue mandatory arbitration under NAFTA if the Washington legislature tries to phase out Atlantic salmon farming.
    Bo
  • Alaska Pacific University skier wins gold in cross-country team sprint

    An Alaskan skier made Olympic history today. Kikkan Randall and her teammate from Minnesota Jessie Diggins won gold in Pyeongchang in the cross-country team sprint.
    In that event, two skiers take turns skiing one and a quarter kilometers around the arena, completing three legs each.
    And for almost the entire 15 minute race, the Americans were behind the Norwegians and the Swedes.
    Jessie Diggins skied the last leg for the Americans and, coming up on the last curve of the race, she slips between N
  • Winter weather advisory upgraded to warning for Juneau, parts of Southeast Alaska

    Updated | 6:36 a.m. Thursday
    The National Weather Service has upgraded the alert to a winter storm warning. It is in effect from 3 p.m. today to 9 a.m. Thursday.Original story | 8:28 a.m. Wednesday
    Ravens flock around a pedestrian Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, along the path outside of the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff Library, Archives and Museum Building. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)
    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Juneau and other parts of Southeast Alaska.
    The w
  • Winter storm watch issued for Juneau, parts of Southeast Alaska

    Ravens flock around a pedestrian Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, along the path outside of the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff Library, Archives and Museum Building. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)
    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Juneau and other parts of Southeast Alaska.
    The watch is in effect beginning Thursday morning until Thursday night, and it includes areas such as Petersburg and Wrangell.
    Rick Fritsch, a lead forecaster, said the Juneau area can expect a total 5 t
  • End of an era: Juneau’s Dennis Egan reflects on why his successor must learn to ‘get along’

    Sen. Dennis Egan uses a display cabinet in the Capitol for support Feb. 8, 2018, while chatting with KTVA reporter Steve Quinn, left, and camera operator Ken Kulovany, after doing an interview. Egan suffers from multiple sclerosis and severe vertigo, to which he attributed his decision not to run for re-election following the end of his term. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2018/02/egan_long.mp3
    For decades, Dennis Egan’s voice has been one of the
  • New Anchorage airport manager looks to China for growth

    Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport general manager Jim Szczesniak stands in front of an aerial photo of the airport Monday in the Capitol. He said he would like to see the airport build on its role in global cargo transport. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO)
    The new general manager for Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is looking to add flights to China.
    Jim Szczesniak started work Jan. 22 and discussed his plans during a recent visit to Juneau. He said the airport’s rol
  • University of Alaska president appeals for public support for more funding

    UA president Jim Johnsen delivers his State of the University address at Lucy Cuddy Hall at the University of Alaska Anchorage. (Photo by Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)
    In his State of the University address Tuesday, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen stressed the need for an increase in state funding after four years of cuts.
    Addressing Commonwealth North’s monthly public affairs luncheon at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Johnsen described the challenges the university has
  • State leaders push to take next steps on ANWR drilling

    U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and U.S. Rep. Don Young pose for a photos after speaking about the future of oil development in ANWR at an Anchorage event. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    Now that Congress has approved drilling in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), Alaska’s leaders are eagerly pursuing the next steps needed for oil development.
    This week, the Walker administration asked the legislature for $10 million to help pay for seismic testing on the
  • Juneau Afternoon – 2-21-18

    Wednesday at 3, on A Juneau Afternoon, Sheli DeLaney will be your host;
     
    We’ll get a preview of this weekend’s Con Brio concert;
     
    We’ll meet, Kueni Maake and Lauree Morton, two of AWARE’s Women of Distinction;
     
    We’ll talk with Jeffra Clough about Eaglecrest;
     
    Alan Davis will be here to highlight recitals by Jay Query;
     
    That, Bird Note, music and more, Wednesday on A Juneau Afternoon, live at 3 on KTOO-News, repeated at 4 on KRNN, a
  • Ask a Climatologist: The connection between sea ice and global weather

    Sea ice extent is near record low levels in the Arctic ocean and that has implications for weather patterns around the globe.
    Brian Brettschneider says that in the past climate models have struggled to connect ocean conditions with what happens in the atmosphere. But he says two new studies (you can find here and here) do a much better job describing that link.
    He says what happens in one, really drives the other.
    Interview Highlights:
    What we’re learning is that the reduction of sea ice
  • Kentucky moves to add guns to schools after school shooting

    The school shooting in Parkland, Fla., that took 17 lives followed one in rural western Kentucky by three weeks. The Kentucky shooter killed two high school sophomores and injured 18 other people.
    In the wake of the tragedy at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky’s Republican governor and legislature say they won’t consider gun any control proposals. Rather, a measure allowing teachers or staff to carry guns on campus has gained traction.
    Republican state Sen. Steve West a
  • In Nome, state experts ponder responses to Bering Sea crises

    Bering Sea coastline near Nome, October 2017. (Photo by Zoe Grueskin/KNOM)
    Experts from around the state gathered in Nome to discuss marine mammals and how multiple entities can respond to different types of emergencies that may happen in the Bering Sea.
    Mandy Migura with the National Marine Fisheries Service was one of the presenters at a “Strait Science” talk hosted at University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus.
    Migura discussed how marine mammal stranding events tak
  • Newscast – Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

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    In this newscast:State senators discuss public employees’ pension funding gap,
    Gov. Bill Walker makes his third pick for a vacant Senate seat, and
    gun control protesters crash an Anchorage event headlined by Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young.
  • This man wants to bring more electricity to Juneau. What’s the hold up?

    Duff Mitchell says he wants to build a hydroelectric dam to power a downtown district heating facility and the Kensington Gold Mine. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    For years, a Juneau company has been trying to bring an innovative heating system to the capital city. But those plans have hit a snag. It says tapping into the local electric utility’s transmission lines has been a tough process for the little guy.Duff Mitchell has a big vision for a small rectangular p
  • Protesters call for gun control at event featuring Murkowski, Young

    Protesters at an event featuring U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and U.S. Rep. Don Young are quickly ushered out of the room on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    A Monday night Anchorage event headlined by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and U.S. Rep. Don Young was interrupted by a small group of protesters, calling for action on gun control.
    “You’ve got blood on your hands! You’ve got blood on your hands!” one protester said.
    The event was
  • Measure asks Walker to declare ‘linguistic emergency’

    A Southeast Alaska state legislator wants action to save Alaska Native languages.
    Ketchikan independent Rep. Dan Ortiz, introduced House Concurrent Resolution 19, which calls for Gov. Bill Walker to “issue an administrative order recognizing a ‘linguistic emergency'” for Alaska Native languages.
    “I don’t want to see any of our Native languages disappear, and will work with every member of the House and Senate to get this resolution to the governor’s
  • Morning update — Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

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    In this newscast:Suspect indicted for 2015 double murder in West Juneau: Authorities identified the suspect as 40-year-old Laron Carlton Graham, who was indicted for two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 36-year-old Robert Meireis and 34-year-old Elizabeth Tonsmeire.
    Juneau man pleads guilty to drug distribution: According to the plea agreement, Ricky Stapler Lisk admitted that

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