• Defense seeks to limit access to visitation records in cruise ship murder case

    The defense attorney in a federal murder case filed a motion to limit access to the records of who has visited the defendant in prison.
    The motion on behalf of Kenneth Manzanares was filed Thursday in Juneau Federal Court. It also would restrict access to any calls and correspondence with him at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.
    Manzanares is charged with first-degree murder in the 2017 death of his wife Kristy Manzanares aboard a Princess Cruises ship. Because the Emerald Princess was in territo
  • In Alaska, family separations evoke past trauma

    The sights and sounds of children being taken from their families by federal immigration agents is reopening decades-old wounds for some Alaska Natives.
    Sealaska Heritage Institute president Rosita Worl is concerned about the fate of thousands of children separated from their parents due to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)
    “When I first saw them I was just absolutely appalled,” said Rosita Worl who was forcibly
  • A Juneau Afternoon 6-22-18

    A Juneau Afternoon 6-22-2018
    Ben Brown hosts:
    We’ll hear from St. Vincent De Paul about the soft opening of their new location;
    Find out about KTOO’s 28-hour End of the Fiscal Year Member Drive;
    Woosh Kinaadeyi will tell us about this weekend’s Summer Showcase Poetry Slam;
    And COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team) will share details about their upcoming beachwalkers’ training in Gustavus;
  • Fansler sentenced to year of probation, alcohol treatment and community service

    Attorney Paul Joseph Miovas looks over papers while Wallace Teflow talks with a Juneau District Court clerk before the arraignment of former Alaska Rep. Zachary Fansler on Thursday, June 21, 2018, on a charge of harassment. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)
    Former Alaska state Rep. Zach Fansler pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree harassment. He was sentenced to a year of probation, a 10-day suspended sentence, alcohol treatment and 80 hours of community service.Fansler appeared by telephone in
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  • Twin turboprop aircraft makes emergency landing at airport

    A plane landed Wednesday afternoon with malfunctioning landing gear at the Juneau airport.
    But Capital City Fire/Rescue Assistant Chief Tod Chambers said no fire and no injuries were reported during the incident.
    Airport Manager Patty Wahto said, “it was handled very well and the pilots did a good job of remaining calm.”
    Two people were on board the twin turboprop Cessna 441 when it touched down about 3:17 p.m.
    Wahto said the airport closed to all traffic and operations for about 12
  • At the top of the world, an international field school for research students

     
    Students at an Arctic field school in Utqiaġvik learn how to use an ice corer, June 2nd, 2018. The program is a collaboration between the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Calgary and the University of Tromsø in Norway. (Ravenna Koenig/ Alaska’s Energy Desk).
    Earlier this month, the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) participated in an international field school in Utqiaġvik.
    The school gave early-career researchers a broad view of the Arctic coast
  • Newscast – Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Stories include an emergency plane landing at the Juneau airport, sentencing of a Juneau man for burglarizing the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and a bear mauling near Eagle River that killed one man and injured another.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2018/06/noon062118.mp3
  • Glacier visitor center burglar sentenced to 2 years

    A 52-year-old Juneau man serving time in Nevada on a federal gun-related charge was sentenced in Alaska’s state court for an unrelated break-in.
    Mack Parker was arrested in July 2017 for breaking into the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. He pleaded guilty to felony burglary in December.
    Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg sentenced Parker to serve 24 months and pay $300 in court fees and fines.
    The Public Defender Agency represented Parker, who appeared by telephone from Nevada.
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  • Alaska steps into legal battle over hard rock mining regulation

    An Environmental Protection Agency employee entering the mine to observe the removal of muck in the Gold King Mine in Silverton, Colorado. Alaska has weighed-in on a legal fight over how much oversight the EPA should have over hard rock mining cleanup. (Photo courtesy U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to roll back a regulation to make hard rock mining companies pay for clean up is sparking a new legal battle between Alaska and environmenta
  • Trump’s executive order on family separation: What it does and doesn’t do

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday ending his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents who were detained as they attempted to enter the U.S. illegally.
    The action came after a firestorm of protest from administration opponents and allies, reacting to pictures and sounds of young children traumatized by their separation from their parents at the hands of U.S. authorities.
    “So we’re going to have strong — very stro
  • University regents advance Chilkat Valley timber sale in 9-1 vote

    This map shows 13,426 acres of land scattered throughout the Haines Borough that the University of Alaska owns and is negotiating a timber sale of. (Courtesy of the University of Alaska)
    The University of Alaska is moving forward with a controversial Haines-area timber sale. Amid concerns, the University’s Board of Regents delayed advancing the sale at its last regular meeting.
    But, with more information in front of them this week, regents were nearly unanimous in their decision to approve
  • State: Permafrost melt from Arctic broadband projects violated permits

    Standing water and a mound of dirt on a section of trench are shown in this photo, which was included in a lawsuit filed by Quintillion Networks against Bortek, a GCI Liberty subsidiary, and its subcontractor Utility Technologies Inc. (Photo courtesy Quintillion Networks)
    Melting permafrost is creating a muddy mess in Alaska’s Arctic after two competing broadband projects dug trenches alongside the Dalton Highway for their separate fiber optic cables.http://media.aprn.org/2018/ann-20180620
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  • Governor on Juneau Access Project: ‘I don’t want to create any false hope’

    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker takes questions in his Capitol office in Juneau on Tuesday. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    Money in the state budget marked for the stalled Juneau Access Project doesn’t signify any shift in Gov. Bill Walker’s stance against “building the road” to Alaska’s capital city.
    “I left that money there because if there’s ways to improve access for Juneau, then that money – they worked hard to get that so it’s there,” Walke
  • One dead, another injured, after Eagle River brown bear attacks

    The same brown bear attacked two men this week, killing one who had last been seen Monday before setting off on a hike, according to Anchorage police.
    The second man was injured Wednesday as a group searched for the missing hiker, police said.
    Searchers found the body of Michael Soltis, 44, on a trail Wednesday near the end of Hiland Road in Eagle River, police spokesman M.J. Thim said.
    “We’ve got multiple officers that are protecting the body from the bear, so we can safely remove t
  • A Juneau Afternoon, 6-21-18

    A Juneau Afternoon 6-21-2018
    Sheli DeLaney hosts:
    We’ll hear about Sunday’s performance by the Juneau Cabaret;
    Learn how to prepare incoming Kindergardeners for a successful school year;
    Get pumped up for this weekend’s solstice 5K;
    And find out how you can make a recommendation about electric vehicle parking and charging;
     
  • Newscast – Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    Stories include Christopher Strawn’s sentencing hearing, a University of Alaska timber sale in the Chilkat Valley, Governor Bill Walker attended an upcoming gas conference, and restrictions on Kenai River king salmon fishing.
    https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2018/06/noon062018.mp3
  • Strawn sentenced to 88 years in murder of Brandon Cook

    Assistant District Attorney Amy Paige listens as Christopher Strawn speaks Wednesday during his sentencing hearing in Juneau Superior Court. Strawn was sentenced to 88 years in prison in the murder of Brandon Cook. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)
    Christopher Strawn has been sentenced to a total of 90 years in prison for the fatal shooting of Brandon Cook.
    Strawn was arrested shortly after the October 2015 incident at the Kodzoff Acres Trailer Park. Strawn stood trial twice. The first trial early
  • Campbell Creek Science Center offers reward for information on stolen mammoth tusk

    Someone stole a 10,000-year-old mammoth bone from the Campbell Creek Science Center in March. They’re now offering a $500 reward for information. (Photo by Erin McKinstry/Alaska Public Media)
    Outside the Campbell Creek Science Center, a line of kids sings a call-and-response song with their camp counselor as they follow him down a path.
    They’re part of a summer camp at the center that teaches kids about the outdoors and wildlife.
    This summer’s campers are missing out on a
  • Alaska senators veer apart on family separations

    The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on March 28, 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    The separation of families detained at the southern border is dividing Republicans as they try to keep the scenes of despair from becoming a GOP public relations disaster.
    Alaska’s two senators have staked out distant positions, at least for the short term.
    http://media.aprn.org/2018/ann-20180619-01.mp3
    Almost everyone says it’s bad to take children from their parents, but that’s what’s
  • Accused in 2016 murders, Palmer man faces possible death sentence

    Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a Palmer man accused in a drug-related double homicide in 2016.
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage said it’s only the third time in the past 25 to 30 years that a formal intent to pursue the death penalty has been filed in an Alaska case.
    (Public Domain photo)
    According to the indictment against him, John Pearl Smith II, 32, committed several drug robberies that culminated in the fatal shootings of Wasilla reside
  • Walker asks Trump administration to protect people with pre-existing conditions

    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker listens to a question from KTOO and Alaska Public Media reporter Andrew Kitchenman in his Capitol office in Juneau on Tuesday. Walker joined a bipartisan group of governors asking the Trump administration to reverse its position of not defending protections for those with pre-existing conditions in the individual health insurance market. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    Americans with pre-existing medical conditions are protected under the current federal law in buying indivi
  • New Alaska regs require oil and gas wells anchor below permafrost

    Responders from Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the North Slope Borough and BP Exploration Alaska have been established to respond to natural gas and crude oil discharge near Prudhoe Bay. (Photo courtesy EPA)
    Companies drilling oil and gas wells in Alaska will now have to dig deep enough to avoid problems stemming from thawing permafrost.Alaska’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission announced a regulation change on June 19 that r
  • Spike in shipping costs has Southeast businesses up in arms

    Barges carry containers full of product to ship to Southeast towns. (June Leffler/ KSTK)
    Lisa Messmer works for a furniture store in the small island town of Wrangell. Earlier this year, she received an email with the heading: freight rate increases.
    “When I saw the heading I didn’t read the rest of it because we don’t have a choice here,” Messmer said. “You can’t call them up and say you aren’t going to pay. We’re just stuck, and we pay what they
  • Juneau’s rainbow crosswalk tug of war continues

    A crosswalk on Calhoun Avenue at the entrance to Juneau’s Cope Park was painted in rainbow colors early Tuesday, June 19, 2018. By mid-afternoon city crews had repainted the crosswalk white. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)
    Juneau city officials are appealing to late-night street artists to stop after another rainbow crosswalk appeared early Tuesday.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2018/06/19RAINBOW.mp3
    It didn’t last long.
    “I told our street maintenance people to treat thi
  • Reporter returns to Utqiaġvik, finds 24/7 sun and pronunciation variations

    Ravenna Koenig of Alaska’s Energy Desk/KTOO stands on the leading edge of the sea ice while recording sound for a story about Arctic Field School. (Photo courtesy of Lindsay Cameron)
    Ravenna Koenig of Alaska’s Energy Desk has traveled to Utqiaġvik three times so far this year to report on events and issues on the North Slope.
    She shares her impressions of flying into town over miles and miles of expansive white tundra and watching birds, people, and kids out and about in the sun
  • Newscast – Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    Stories include an upcoming rebate for AEL&P customers, judge rules CBJ was right to demolish a downtown apartment building, management of Centennial Hall will be handed over to the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, Joel Bolger selected as new chief justice of Alaska Supreme Court, and a federal agency is looking for a stolen mammoth tusk.
    https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2018/06/noon061918.mp3
  • A Juneau Afternoon 6-20-2018

    Sheli DeLaney hosts A Juneau Afternoon on Wednesday.
    We’ll hear about Field Day from the Juneau Amateur Radio Club;
    Juneau Lyric Opera will tell us about their Midsummer Festival Broadway Splash;
    Get the details about tonight’s Juneau Reentry Coalition community discussion;
    And Douglas Community Methodist Church will highlight their Fourth of July Dinner;
  • Sport anglers can catch, keep kings in Juneau hatchery terminal areas

    (Map courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game)
    You can catch kings again. At least in the terminal hatchery areas around Juneau.
    Returning king salmon exceed the number required for hatchery brood stock. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Friday liberalized king salmon catch limits for sport fishermen.
    Enough king salmon have also made it back to the Taku River to meet escapement goals.
    “June 15th is kind of the magical date when close to 85 to 90 percent of the Taku king
  • Sport anglers can catch, keep kings in Juneau

    (Map courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game)
    Sports fishermen may catch kings again. Returning king salmon exceed the number required for hatchery brood stock. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Friday liberalized king salmon catch limits for sport fishermen.
    “June 15 is kind of the magical date when close to 85 to 90 percent of the Taku king salmon are in river by now,” said Daniel Teske, ADF&G area management biologist.
    Teske said the daily bag and possessio
  • After a difficult year, scandal-plagued Iditarod seeks ‘new blood’

    Nome musher Aaron Burmeister at the Iditarod Ceremonial Start in downtown Anchorage, March 1, 2014. Burmeister is one of the ITC board members who may be resigning soon. (Photo by David Dodman/KNOM)
    Changes are coming to the Iditarod’s board of directors. According to a press release, the board of the Iditarod Trail Committee approved expanding its numbers from nine to 12 earlier this month. And several directors may step down.
    The changes come after a December report by the
  • Murkowski zeroes in on Trump admin to stop splitting families at border

    U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is calling on the Trump administration to stop separating children from their parents when families are caught crossing the southern border.http://media.aprn.org/2018/ann-20180618-01.mp3
    “The time is now for the White House to end the cruel, tragic separations of families,” Murkowski wrote in a statement issued Monday afternoon.
    She also said she’s “troubled” that asylum seekers are turned away before they have a chance to file their papers.
  • EPA, Corps agree to new wetland mitigation guidelines

    Aerial view of braided wetlands and tundra that is typical of the Bristol Bay watershed in Alaska. Upper Talarik Creek (shown here) flows into Lake Iliamna and then the Kvichak River before emptying into Bristol Bay. (Photo by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have beefed up their guidelines for wetlands mitigation in Alaska, elaborating on ways a developer can compensate for disturbing bogs, ponds and streams.
    The idea
  • DHS chief confronted with ProPublica tape of wailing children separated from parents

    Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration agents work in 2015 at an Amtrak station. (Photo by Barry Bahler/Department of Homeland Security)
    Minutes after ProPublica posted a recording of crying children begging for their parents, Kirstjen Nielsen stepped up to the podium in the White House briefing room to answer questions from reporters, as well as a growing chorus of criticism from Democrats and Republicans.(You begin hearing the recording played at about 22:07
  • Juneau arts nonprofit to run city’s Centennial Hall

    Passersby stroll by Centennial Hall, downtown Juneau’s convention center on June 18, 2018. The city is finalizing a management contract with a nonprofit to take effect July 1. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)
    Management of the Centennial Hall convention center is expected to be ceded to the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council by the end of the month.
    The nonprofit already runs the the Juneau Arts and Culture Center in the city-owned armory building next door.
    JAHC Executive Director Nancy DeCh
  • Photos: GLITZ performers light up Centennial Hall for annual drag show

    Drag kings and queens took main stage this weekend in all their glitter and glamour for the fourth annual GLITZ Drag Show.
    Performances took place Saturday and Sunday at Centennial Hall celebrating Juneau Pride. Proceeds from both shows went directly to the Southeast Alaska Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning Alliance, or SEAGLA.
    The shows featured national and local kings and queens dancing and singing along to familiar hits. Audience members cheered and held out dollar
  • Tour guides, bear hunters seek solutions after tourists witness a hunt in the Tongass

    Two brown bears on July 10, 2012 in the Kootznoowoo Wilderness on Admiralty Island in the Tongass National Forest. Photo courtesy Don MacDougall/U.S. Forest Service
    Small luxury cruises in Southeast Alaska offer guests a chance to explore remote spots in the Tongass National Forest. Passengers get a front row seat to look for wildlife.  But there’s another kind of tourism happening at the same time: big game hunting. That can be a problem when the two interests overlap.
    Now, two seemi
  • U.S. Supreme Court will hear Alaskan’s case challenging federal authority again

    John Sturgeon discusses his U.S. Supreme Court case with the Alaska Senate Resources Committee on Feb. 17, 2016. Sturgeon is the plaintiff in in Sturgeon v. Frost, a case involving a dispute over federal control over navigable waters. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)
    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an Alaska water rights case for the second time.
    On Monday, the court agreed to review Alaska hunter John Sturgeon’s case. That case grew from a 2007 incident when National Park Service
  • Neighborhood at ‘wits’ end’ with Harris Street problem property

    This house at 401 Harris Street in Juneau, pictured here on Monday, is the frequent subject of police calls, the Juneau Uptown Neighborhood Association says. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)
    Police are investigating the report of gunfire this weekend near a problem property on Harris Street.
    Monica Ritter was out of town during the incident. But the volunteer for the Juneau Uptown Neighborhood Association said police are constantly being called to the area.
    Resident Monica Ritter discusses uptown
  • AEL&P to share the wealth from corporate tax cut

    AEL&P’s main offices, pictured here on March 24, 2018, are located in the Lemon Creek area in Juneau. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    Ratepayers in Juneau can expect a rebate on their power bills. State regulators are now reviewing the proposed retroactive rate cut.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2018/06/18RATES-correx.mp3
    The corporate tax rate — slashed by Congress — will save Alaska Electric Light & Power about $2.4 million in federal income taxes this year.
    Jun
  • Newscast – Monday, June 18, 2018

    Stories include a fire at Senator Dennis Egan’s home Friday evening, Perseverance Theatre furloughing employees because of outstanding debt, and the Juneau Community Charter School moving into Juneau-Douglas High School.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2018/06/noon061818.mp3
  • A Juneau Afternoon 6-19-2018

    This week marks the beginning of our summer schedule for A Juneau Afternoon on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Tune in on Tuesday for An Evening with Melissa Block, recorded May 9 2018. To be a guest on A Juneau Afternoon, go to ktoo.org and click “contact us.”
  • Murkowski, Young respond to Chinese tariff on American seafood imports

    A seafood market on Beijing, China. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    Alaska’s economy could suffer as a result of China’s 25 percent tariff on American seafood imports and that worries U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
    China announced the new import tax Friday in response to U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. They will take effect July 6.
    In a written statement, Murkowski urges President Donald Trump to reach a trade policy with China that protects the export mark
  • ‘Shooter! Get out!’ Tumwater shooting spree leaves 2 injured, suspected shooter dead

    Police block the scene outside a Walmart in Tumwater where a gunman shot a driver, then was himself shot to death on Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Austin Jenkins/Northwest News Network)
    A shooting spree in Tumwater ended in a sun-drenched Walmart parking lot when a civilian shot the suspected gunman to death, police said Sunday evening.
    At least two people were wounded: a teenage girl with a minor injuries and a man who was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he is in critical
  • Scientists find respiratory pathogen in Alaska animals

    KENAI — A respiratory pathogen that scientists previously believed to be restricted to sheep and goats has been detected in moose and caribou in Alaska.
    Scientists have also recently identified Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae, also known as Movi, in other animal species for the first time, including a bison in Montana, mule deer in New Mexico and white-tailed deer in the upper Midwest, the Peninsula Clarion reported last week.
    The pneumonia-like disease may have contributed to the death of an ema
  • Alaska theater company places employees on furlough

    JUNEAU — A regional theater company in Alaska has furloughed its employees after officials say it faced several years of financial problems.
    The Juneau Empire reports Perseverance Theatre management asked workers to reduce hours at the beginning of this month after cancelling its most recent production.
    The Douglas Island-based theater had planned showings of “Snow Child” in Anchorage last month.
    Executive director Art Rotch says the theater company incurred six-figure debt in
  • Magnitude-6.1 quake strikes Japan, killing 3, injuring hundreds

    A magnitude-6.1 earthquake rocked the Osaka region of western Japan on Monday morning, killing at least three people and injuring more than 300 others, NHK reported.
    The temblor struck shortly after 8 a.m. local time causing severe damage to roads, bursting water mains and setting fires across the prefecture.
    The news agency reported government officials confirmed two people died under toppling walls. One was a 9-year-old girl who was crushed by a concrete wall at a local elementary school and t
  • Competitors chop, climb and muck their way through annual Gold Rush Days

    A competitor participates in the men’s vertical chopping event on Sunday. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)
    Juneau residents gathered at Savikko Park this weekend to celebrate the region’s mining and logging industries once again.
    According to Gold Rush Days organizers, 76 competitors signed up to take part in the two-day event.
    Speed climbing, hand mucking, axe throwing and choker setting are just a few of the contests that test the skills used by miners and loggers past and present.
    &l
  • Alaska US senators supporting marijuana states’ right bill

    Marijuana grown at a Juneau warehouse leased by THC Alaska on March 6, 2018. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)
    FAIRBANKS — Alaska Republican U.S. senators are supporting a bipartisan bill that seeks to ensure states’ ability to regulate legal marijuana industries.
    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Friday that Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts originally co-authored the bill.
    It looks at a number of areas in which state and federal marijuana laws c
  • At Fortess of the Bear, a new wild space for black bears

    Volunteers prepare the new habitat before the bears enter. (Photos by Rachel Cassandra/KCAW)
    Three orphaned black bears in Sitka have been given a bigger home.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2018/06/11Bear.mp3
    Last weekend, the Fortress of the Bear released Smokey, Bandit and Tuli into expanded territory. They’re no longer cubs, so they need more range to explore.
    “Knowing the nature of black bears, how they can be a little more aloof, and they are real avid arboreal climbers
  • AK: Keeping memories alive on Father’s Day

    A photo collage picturing Kami Miller with her father, Steve, and reporter Emily Russell with her father, Mark. (Photos courtesy of Kami Miller and by Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)
    Father’s Day celebrates the dads in our lives, but for some, it’s a reminder of pain and loss.
    The Dinner Party is an organization that connects people grieving the loss of a loved one. This Sunday they’re sharing stories on social media from the thousands of Dinner Partiers all o

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