• ‘Vote no’: Left takes to TV and sky to reach Murkowski

    Advocates on the left are cranking up the pressure on U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski to vote against the latest bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.http://media.aprn.org/2017/ann-20170920-02.mp3Some groups have online ads. A group called “Save My Care” is airing a television spot.
    One national feminist group has hired an airplane to tow a banner over Anchorage Thursday.
    “The banner will say ‘Murkowski don’t back down. Protect our care,’” Karin Roland,
  • New ethics complaint filed over Homer recall election

    Homer’s canvas board counts absentee ballots in recall election. (Photo by Aaron Bolton/KBBI)
    A new ethics complaint has been filed in relation to Homer’s recent recall election.
    Three Homer City Council members were up for recall in June, but all three retained their seats. The complaint argues that the council members should have recused themselves from certifying the election results.
    Larry Zuccaro, one of the original petitioners that sought the recall, filed the complaint on Jul
  • Search teams desperately attempt to reach girl trapped by Mexico earthquake rubble

    A strong earthquake that hit Mexico City and other central areas has killed at least 245 people, officials say. Search teams are working feverishly to find any survivors who were trapped — including at least one girl who’s among students caught when the quake turned their school to rubble.
    The girl, 12, has been able to communicate with emergency crews, and she has wriggled her fingers for them through the wreckage. She was located alive in the debris of the Enrique Rebsamen School,
  • Juneau business showcases diverse artists’ work in postcard contest

    Kindred Post, a post office, gift shop and gathering space in downtown Juneau, has selected 10 art submissions to print on 1,000 postcards. The selections are from around the state, and from a diversity of artists.
    “They Are Always With Us” by Rob Roys (Courtesy of Kindred Post)
    It does not take long to realize Kindred Post is a little different from the average post office. The store’s sidewalk sandwich board reads: stamps, boxes, shipping services, handmade and Alaskan made g
  • Advertisement

  • Alaska could become climate change refuge for tropical fish

    Ocean sunfish is captured in research trawl in July 2015. (Image courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
    Scientists are trying to better understand how the world’s fish will adapt to climate change. One recent finding: as temperatures rise new species could move into Alaska waters.
    Researches from the University of Washington used 80 years of data to figure out how much warming fish could withstand. They discovered fish in the tropics are already living in water at the
  • State reopens king salmon sportfishing

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Wednesday that it is opening king salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska, beginning Oct. 1.
    In early August, escapement surveys in Southeast indicated productivity and production for wild king salmon were lower than anticipated.
    The decision was made to close king salmon fisheries throughout the region.
    State fisheries managers decided to reopen the fishery starting in October because the summer closure provided some breathing room for kings, and the
  • Juneau Afternoon – 9-21-17

    Thursday at 3 on a Juneau Afternoon, Scott Burton will host.
    We’ll talk with Micaela Martinez, this week’s UAS Evening at Egan Speaker, about the Clockwork of Epidemics;
    Joy Lyon will be here to talk about the upcoming Slam Dunk Town Hall;
    JoAnn Wulffenstein will be here to highlight relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Irma;
    And Nancy DeCherney will be here with Arts Up to talk about art activities and new art along the Seawalk.
    That, Writer’s Almanac, Bird Note, mus
  • Unsecured database discovered with information from about 600,000 Alaska voters

    Security consultants say last week they discovered an unsecured online database with information on nearly 600,000 Alaska voters.
    The database had more detail than what would have already be publicly available through the Alaska Division of Elections. Analysts at Kromtech Security found the information online without any password requirements, meaning it was accessible – for a time – to anyone with a web browser.
    Kromtech security analyst Jeremiah Fowler said his company contact
  • Advertisement

  • Interior official says Trump administration has the ‘guts’ to allow oil exploration in ANWR

    Vincent DeVito (far left) advises Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (center) on energy issues. In May, Zinke announced he is seeking a new assessment of the Arctic Refuge’s oil potential. (photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    During a speech in Anchorage today, a top Interior Department official said kick-starting oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, is a priority for the Trump administration.
    “The untapped potential of ANWR is significant. B
  • Ask a Climatologist: The fall color formula is pretty simple

    Hikers near McHugh Peak near Anchorage, Sept. 19, 2017. (Photo by Dave Bass)
    Fall colors are just past their peak in Southcentral Alaska. And the formula for producing those deep reds and bright yellows is pretty simple: it’s all about the sun angle.
    Brian Brettschneider, with our Ask a Climatologist segment, says that’s because the green leaves get their color from chlorophyll, a molecule used in photosynthesis.
    Interview transcript:
    Brian: When the chlorophyll production shuts down
  • Newscast – Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

    https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/09/noon092017.mp3In this newscast:
    Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority awards a $100,000 grant for a housing and homeless coordinator for Juneau,
    Juneau’s Housing First building will be taking in its first residents, and
    Alaska’s high insurance rates on the individual market will decrease slightly more than earlier expected.
  • Alaska Mental Health Trust funds city homeless coordinator for Juneau

    The Trust Authority Building in Anchorage houses their main offices. (File photo by Anne Hillman/Alaska Public Media)
    Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, the City and Borough of Juneau will hire a coordinator for housing and homeless services.
    Earlier this month, the Trust Land Office cleared a downtown waterfront lot that homeless campers had occupied. Most campers had left the property by the time police arrived to enforce a trespassing order.
    The trust au
  • Advertisement

  • Juneau fashion designer channels advocacy into bad boy persona

    Tahir McInnis performs as Tyquan to Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step” at the drag show Glitz at Centennial Hall on Jun. 17, 2017. (Photo by Miranda McHenry/Courtesy of the artist)https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/09/20DRAG-Short.mp3In front of a red velvet curtain on the Rendezvous stage, Juneau drag king Tyquan lays down some fancy footwork to Bobby Brown’s “Every Little Step.”
    With a fake wireless mic, Tyquan lip syncs as the R&B singer, flank
  • After 87 years in a Smithsonian collection, bones of Igiugig ancestors return home

    The Igyararmiut, the residents of Igiugig, perform a traditional blessing dance. (Photo by Avery Lill/KDLG)
    About half Igiugig’s 69 citizens crowded into Saint Nicholas Orthodox church last week.
    The nave was hazy with incense as a priest conducted the funeral service in a mix of English and Yup’ik.
    Three handmade, wooden coffins sat in the center of the room.
    Inside were the bones of 24 men, women and children from the now abandoned settlement of Kaskanak inside.
  • Murkowski could swing Senate for latest ACA repeal

    Disability rights advocates demonstrated against the health care reform at the U.S. Senate in July. (File photo by Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)
    Defenders of the Obama health care law are applying as much pressure as they can to get U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski to vote no on the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and Tuesday, all eyes were on Murkowski at the Capitol.http://media.aprn.org/2017/ann-20170919-01.mp3Murkowski hasn’t announced how she’ll vote on the latest bi
  • Juneau’s Housing First prepares to open its doors

    Juneau’s Housing First project is opening its doors this week to the first eight residents. The $8.3 million Lemon Creek complex will soon  house 32 of the community’s most vulnerable residents.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/09/170920HOUSING.mp3The 32 apartments in the Housing First building are basic, almost institutional with low, single beds. But then there are the little touches that show how much community support has gone into the project.
    The Gold Street Qu
  • Walker admin appoints climate adviser, promises new policy “soon”

    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott file for re-election on Monday, August 21, 2017, at the Division of Elections in Juneau, Alaska. The two are filing as unaffiliated candidates — though Mallott maintains his personal affiliation with the Democratic party. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    The Walker administration has said for more than a year that it’s working on a new set of policies to address climate change.
    Those policies have yet to materia
  • Ferry Taku sold, will become floating hotel

    The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Taku is in storage at Ketchikan’s Ward Cove. It’s been sold to a Portland company that wants to turn it into a hotel. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)
    The Alaska ferry Taku’s next life will be as a floating hotel.
    Portland-based KeyMar LLC made the winning bid of $300,000 for the 54-year-old ship.
    Marine Highway System General Manager Capt. John Falvey said KeyMar beat out two other bidders, who wanted to scrap the ship.
    “Their plan is t
  • Juneau Afternoon – 9-20-17

    Wednesday at 3 on A Juneau Afternoon,
    Sheli DeLaney will host.
    We’ll get an update on activities at the Zach Gordon Youth Center;
    We’ll get a preview of the Wednesday speaker for the Juneau World Affairs Council, Dr. Carlos Yaspen Llanos;
    Kim Keifer will be here with details about Rotary Bulbs;
    And we’ll talk with the Guinness Record Holder for the World’s Fastest Tongue.
    That, Writer’s Almanac, Bird Note, music and more, We
  • Juneau police seek person of interest in early morning assault

    The Juneau Police Department is looking for a 21-year-old Juneau man in connection with an assault and property damage in Lemon Creek early this morning.
    According to a news release, Wilson “Will” Woodrow Curtis-Collins is a person of interest after a reported disturbance about 12:40 a.m. today near the 1800 block of Northwood Drive.
    Someone called to report their 24-year-old male roommate was being assaulted. The suspect, who was later identified as Curtis-Collins, allegedly punched
  • Juneau police cancel help request seeking person of interest

    Updated | 11:27 a.m. Wednesday
    Juneau Police Department updated a news release at 9:53 a.m. today canceling a request for help locating Wilson Curtis-Collins.
    According to the news release, Curtis-Collins came to the police department for an interview.
    He was released. The investigation is ongoing.
    — Tripp J Crouse
    Original story | 1:45 p.m. Tuesday
    Juneau police seek person of interest in early morning assault
    The Juneau Police Department is looking for a 21-year-old Juneau man in connect
  • Powerful earthquake roils central Mexico

    Updated at 5 p.m. ET
    Thirty-two years to the day after an earthquake killed thousands of people in Mexico, a powerful quake rattled the country’s central region Tuesday. Buildings shivered in Mexico City, shattering facades and sending clouds of dust skyward.
    Residents who just hours before had taken part in large simulated earthquake drills to mark the anniversary emptied into the streets when the real quake struck.
    In its preliminary assessment, the U.S. Geological Survey said the magnit
  • Newscast – Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017

    https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/09/20170919newscast.mp3In this newscast:
    A local mine executive asks the Juneau Assembly to back off a resolution on transboundary mining and it does,
    a Portland businessman bids $300,000 for the ferry Taku to turn it into a hotel, and
    neighbors of the resident who’s chickens were attacked by a bear that was put down call for tougher chicken keeping rules.
  • Dylann Roof asks to fire legal team of ‘biological enemies’

    Dylann Roof, on federal death row for gunning down nine people two years ago at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., wants his legal team dismissed because of the lawyers’ ethnicity as he seeks to have his conviction and death sentence overturned.
    “My two currently appointed attorneys, Alexandra Yates and Sapna Mirchandani, are Jewish and Indian respectively,” Roof wrote in a letter filed Monday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “It is therefore quit
  • Tee Harbor neighbors decry brown bear killing

    Neighbors criticized the  recent killing of a brown bear attacking chickens and urged the Juneau Assembly to pen stronger rules requiring secured chicken coops.
    https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/09/170919BEAR.mp3An Alaska Wildlife Trooper fatally shot the 420-pound bear a week ago after the unidentified property owner called police to report the bear killing chickens at a home near Tee Harbor.
    Neighbors claimed the chicken coop wasn’t an enclosure, but a
  • Trump to U.N.: North Korea’s ‘Rocket Man’ Kim Jong Un on a suicide mission

    Updated at 11:34 a.m. ET
    President Donald Trump delivered a stern warning to North Korea and its outlaw nuclear program as he addressed the United Nations General Assembly today.
    “The United States has great strength and patience,” Trump said. “But if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
    Trump took aim at North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, with the same nickname he’d used on Twitter.
  • Juneau Afternoon – 9-19-17

    Tuesday on A Juneau Afternoon:
    We’ll get an update on the Adult dance classes at the Juneau Dance Theatre;
    We’ll talk with Katrina Woolford abut a new book by author, Lawrence Millman;
    We’ll talk about activities at the Marie Drake Planetarium;
    And Suzanne Ainsworth will give us an update on Community School classes.
  • After mining exec weighs in, Juneau Assembly holds off on boundary mine resolution

    NASA satellite imagery shows Southeast Alaska in true color on Nov. 24, 2001. (Public domain image by Jacques Descloitres/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC)
    A local mine executive urged the Juneau Assembly to reconsider a resolution urging federal action on transboundary mining, and the Assembly did on Monday night.
    The resolution would have urged the federal government to invoke a treaty to enforce protections for Alaska resources from upstream mines in British Columbia. Recently, the b
  • PFD announcement fanfare is gone, as dividends are cut in half

    Alaskans file their Permanent Fund dividend applications in downtown Anchorage in March 2016. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/Alaska Public Media)https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/09/18PFDnpr1.mp3If the state budget didn’t lower Alaska Permanent Fund dividends this year, they would have been among the highest in state history at more than $2,300. Instead, they will be $1,100, deposited or mailed on Oct. 5.
    The day that Permanent Fund dividends were announced used to be a celebration.
  • Watchdog group scrutinizes rough-weather training for new tanker escorts in Prince William Sound

    Crowley Marine Services will be turning over its contract to provide oil tanker escorts and spill response and prevention in Prince William Sound next year to Louisiana-based Edison Chouest. (Photo by Eric Keto/APRN)
    Next year, a whole new fleet of tugboats and barges will arrive in Prince William Sound with a big responsibility: to prevent another oil spill like the Exxon Valdez in 1989.
    But vessels aren’t the only new element arriving next year. At a meeting held last week, the official
  • Wildfires pop up near Chisana and Tanana

    Red Hill Fire continues to burn Saturday evening. The fire, estimated at 1 acre, is approximately 100 miles northeast of Glennallen and 1.8 miles northeast of Chisana. (Photo courtesy Luke Wassick/National Park Service)
    Recent warm, dry weather in the Interior has resulted in two late season wildfires.
    Alaska Division of Forestry reports sending fire fighters last night to a 1-acre blaze, located about a hundred miles northeast of Glennallen, near Chisana.
    The department said the fire, burning i
  • Cruise ship homicide defendant waives right to a speedy trial

    The defendant in a federal case of a Utah man charged with killing his wife aboard a cruise ship has waived his right to speedy trial in court Monday. This pushes a potential trial in U.S. District Court back months.
    The United States District Court is located on the ninth floor of the federal building in Juneau. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)
    Kenneth Ray Manzanares is charged with first-degree murder of his wife, Kristy Manzanares, during a Southeast Alaska cruise. He pleaded not guilty in
  • Investigation continues into fatal downtown Juneau structure fire

    Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighter climbs a truck ladder to the third floor as fire continues to burn at 526 Seward Street on Sept. 17, 2017. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)
    Fire investigators say they’ve determined where the fire started Sunday morning in the house on Seward Street, but not the cause.
    At least not yet.
    Fire Marshal Dan Jager said Monday they’re still interviewing witnesses.
    Two as-yet-unidentified men found in the house during the fire at 526 Seward Street are dead. S
  • Arctic nations tour microgrids, exchange green energy knowledge

    Volcanic area of Krafla in Northern Iceland. Iceland uses hot springs like this one for its geothermal energy. (Creative Commons photo by Fougerouse Arnaud/Flickr)
    A program is leading representatives of Arctic nations to Alaska, Canada, Iceland and Greenland to look at the microgrids in remote communities.
    The Arctic Remote Energy Network Academy, or ARENA, is in the middle of its pilot year and gives participants a look at innovative remote energy networks. They hope to gather information
  • Newscast – Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

    In this newscast:
    Local authorities say two men are dead after a house fire in downtown Juneau on Sunday,
    Juneau’s food security was one presenter’s topic at Juneau’s annual Safety and Preparedness Expo,
    Gov. Bill Walker says he’s adding a criminal justice bill to the October special session docket, and
    a Chilkat robe makes it way home to Sitka from Vermont.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2017/09/091817newscast.mp3
  • Trump’s DACA moves aren’t shaking his most loyal supporters

    Many conservatives pundits and lawmakers were incensed that President Donald Trump appeared to make a deal with Democrats to enshrine into law the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that shields many undocumented immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as children. To make matters worse for immigration hawks, Trump is also not requiring funding to build a wall along the Mexican border as a condition of the possible deal.
    For Trump, who campaigned in favor of the border wall and for
  • At Katmai’s Brooks Camp, tourists and bears mingle mostly carefree

    Bears barely seem to notice the 40 people watching them from the Brooks Falls platform. (Photo by KDLG)
    Stepping off a float plane onto the beach at Brooks Camp can be disorienting.
    “Where are the falls? Where are all these bears? Do we just walk there now?” one wonders.
    The answers to these questions – and plenty of others – are answered at a brief orientation film shown to nearly every visitor before they make the short hike up to Brooks Falls, one of Alaska’s mos
  • Amid opioid crisis, insurers restrict pricey, less addictive painkillers

    Butrans is a skin patch that delivers buprenorphine. It treats pain and opioid addiction. (Creative Commons photo by 9ballguy)
    This story was co-published with The New York Times.
    At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications.
    The reason, experts say: Opioid drugs are generally cheap wh
  • Two men dead after early morning house fire

    Update | 1:27 p.m.
    The Juneau Police Department now says two men found in the home are dead.
    In a news release, police say the men are foreign nationals as identified by a survivor. Next of kin notifications to relatives outside of the country are pending.
    Police say a total of seven people were in the building at the time of the fire. Of the remaining five, two made it out uninjured and three were transported to the hospital.
    Additionally, four firefighters were treated at the hospital for smok
  • Three people hurt in house fire, cause under investigation

    At least three people were hurt early Sunday morning after a house fire in downtown Juneau.
    Assistant Chief Tod Chambers of Capital City Fire/Rescue said two people were transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital with CPR in progress. A third person suffered from lacerations.
    A Juneau Police Department news release that a 911 call reporting the fire at 526 Seward Street, adjacent to the Terry Miller Legislative Office Building, was placed at 4:14 a.m.
    One witness, who only identified himself as a
  • No tsunami danger after 5.0 quake in British Columbia

    A screen capture from the National Weather Service website shows where a 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck on Saturday. The National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer said it wouldn’t trigger a tsunami.
    About 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Juneau residents may have felt little more than a slight shake.
    That’s because a 5.0 magnitude earthquake near Kelsall Lake, British Columbia, which is about 60 miles northwest of Haines, struck at a depth of 3 miles.
    Dave Nanney has owned and operated the Chilk
  • Cruise ship cancellation a ‘significant loss’ to Unalaska businesses

    The decision to dock the cruise ship Celebrity Millennium in Sitka may have cost Unalaska businesses about $100,000, the visitors bureau estimates. (Photo by Berett Wilber/KUCB)
    A 2,000-passenger cruise ship was supposed to dock in Unalaska today, instead it decided to go to Sitka.
    Although Unalaska is known as America’s top fishing port, tourism — in particular the cruise ship industry — is a growing source of revenue especially for small businesses and non-profits.
    Locals say
  • Federal court says Trump administration can’t deny funds to sanctuary cities

    A federal judge in Chicago has ruled that the Trump administration may not withhold public-safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities. The decision issued Friday is a setback to the administration’s efforts to force local jurisdictions to help federal authorities crack down on illegal immigration.
    U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber ruled that Attorney General Jeff Sessions exceeded his authority by requiring cities to cooperate with federal immigration officials or lose grant money for
  • If shipping lines to Juneau were cut, how long could you feed yourself?

    If a major earthquake along the Cascadia fault cut supply lines across the Northwest, how long could Juneau keep itself fed?  
    Produce shelves lie bare at Juneau’s Fred Meyer store on June 8, 2015. An electrical problem on the Juneau-bound M/V Columbia kept a refrigerated shipment from making it. (Photo by @EJensen2)
    That’s a scenario Darren Snyder kicked around at the Juneau Safety and Preparedness Expo this year.  
    “If we don’t plan for hav
  • Walker to add crime bill to October special session

    Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth speaks to reporters at a press availability on Friday. Gov. Bill Walker and Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams are also pictured. (Photo by Daniel Hernandez/Alaska Public Media)
    A rise in crime in Alaska has led Gov. Bill Walker to seek a bill in the special session next month that would allow more jail time for some thefts and other crimes.
    A Sept. 6 report found that Alaska saw higher rates of larcenies, robberies, burglaries and assaults last year.
  • What can Kodiak teach the world about renewable energy? A lot.

    Kodiak generates about 20 percent of its electricity from wind. The Kodiak Electric Association has installed six turbines on Pillar Mountain since 2009. (Photo by Eric Keto/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    Since 2007, Kodiak has transformed its grid so that it now generates almost 100 percent of its power with renewable energy.
    The local electric co-op has managed to do that while keeping rates stable. In fact, the price of electricity in Kodiak has dropped slightly since 2000.
    It’s a mod
  • PFD amount announced: $1,100

    The State of Alaska has announced the dollar figure for this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend. In a release this afternoon, the Department of Revenue said eligible Alaskans will receive $1,100 each when checks are mailed out starting Oct. 5.
    About 640,000 Alaskans will get a PFD this year, totaling about $672,000,000 paid out from the Permanent Fund’s earnings.
    This year’s dividend level was set in the state Legislature when it passed its budget in June.
  • University of Alaska students may see 10 percent tuition hike over next two years

    UA President Jim Johnsen. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)
    University of Alaska officials are considering a 5 percent tuition increase in each of the next two academic years.UA has seen its tuition steadily increase over the last several years, including a 5 percent increase last year.Colby Freel chairs the Coalition of Student Leaders. He said increases like this have become an expectation for UA students, but that they understand the strain the state and university are under.“We want our ed
  • Mixed drinks in question at Alaska distilleries

    Haines’ Port Chilkoot Distillery spirits on display when the tasting room opened in 2014. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS)
    Craft distilleries in Alaska are reeling after a decision that could change the part of their businesses most accessible to the public: tasting rooms.
    Distilleries have been operating tasting rooms since 2014 legislation allowing that practice.
    But now, state officials say distilleries aren’t allowed to serve mixed drinks.
  • Trump administration moves to lift ban on oil assessment in ANWR

    The Porcupine Caribou herd in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain. (Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
    The Washington Post is reporting that the Trump administration is trying to allow more in-depth studies of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s oil potential.
    According to a memo obtained by the Post, the acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working to update a rule that now bars seismic testing in the refuge.
    Seismic testing would gi

Follow @AnchorageNewsUS on Twitter!