• Alaska regulators taking public comment on possible oil spill plan changes

    U.S. Navy Mechanized Landing Craft anchor along the shoreline as Navy and civilian personnel position hoses during the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup on Smith Island in Prince William Sound on March 24, 1989. (Photo by PH2 POCHE)
    Thirty years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the state of Alaska is looking at whether to change its requirements for oil spill prevention and response plans.
    Some say Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration has failed to adequately explain the need for any changes
  • Newscast – Friday, Oct. 18, 2019

    In this newscast:A hobby shop at Juneau’s prison gets converted to additional bed space as state prisons fill up,
    tourism interests push back against a federal effort to open the Tongass National Forest to more road building and logging,
    Sitkans try to push conversations about Alaska Day to include the idea of decolonization,
    President Trump taps a former oil industry attorney to be the new U.S. District Court judg
  • Forest Service substantially weighed the ‘state’s preferences’ in Roadless Rule decision

    Part of the Tongass National Forest on Douglas Island pictured in 2004. (Creative Commons photo by Henry Hartley)
    On Friday, the U.S. Forest Service explained its decision to seek an exemption from the Roadless Rule for the Tongass National Forest. The agency published the information in the federal register.
    The Forest Service acknowledged it gave “substantial weight to the state’s policy preferences” to be exempted from the federal rule. The agency also said this change would
  • Industry, legislators and signature gatherers ready for another big oil tax fight

    The trans-Alaska Pipeline runs alongside the Dalton Highway near the Toolik Field Station on June 9, 2017, in the North Slope Borough. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    If the Alaskans behind the campaign group “Vote Yes for Alaska’s Fair Share” have their way, oil taxes will be on everyone’s mind for the next several months. 
    That’s because they want to get enough signatures, 28,601 to be exact, to get their proposition on the ballot next
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  • Overcrowding leads to loss of hobby shop at Lemon Creek

    Lemon Creek Correctional Center. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Corrections)
    The Alaska Department of Corrections announced this week that it plans to move inmates out of state to address overcapacity in its prison system.
    While that plan is still taking shape, the increase in the inmate population is already having impacts at Juneau’s correctional facility.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2019/10/17inmates.mp3
    Last month, the hobby shop inside Juneau’s Lemon Creek Corre
  • Kensington Gold Mine plans major expansion for operations past 2024

    A mine vehicle enters the Kensington Portal on Oct. 15. It’s one of two accesses for a network of about 28 miles of underground tunnels. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/CoastAlaska)
    Growth at the Kensington Gold Mine means the mine will need to expand its footprint considerably to keep operating for another decade.
    The modern Kensington Gold Mine began operations in 2010. But its 28 miles of underground tunnels follow veins first explored and blasted more than a century ago.
    Today, there
  • Protest, policy critiques punctuate first day of Fairbanks AFN

    Alaska Native organizer and activist Samuel Johns protests during a speech by Gov. Mike Dunleavy at the 2019 Alaska Federation of Natives Conference at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks on Thursday. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)
    As the year’s Alaska Federation of Natives Convention began Thursday in Fairbanks this year’s theme – “Good Government, Alaskan Driven,” loomed large. Many of the speakers, panels and protests were focused on what exactly is
  • Newscast – Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019

    In this newscast:Protesters interrupt Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s speech to the Alaska Federation of Natives,
    U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski criticizes President Trump on ethical grounds,
    the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska hopes to raise a new generation of Lingít speakers with an immersion class,
    the state ferry system lines up one October and one November stop in Prince Rupert,
    state trans
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  • The history of the play “Blue Ticket”

    Tune in on Monday, with host Scott Burton, for a conversation with people who have firsthand experience of suspected gay men being exiled from Juneau in the 1960s.
    That’s Juneau Afternoon on Monday at 3 p.m. on KTOO 104.3 FM or KTOO.org, and repeated at 4 p.m. on KRNN 102.7 FM or KRNN.org.
    Tune in to KTOO 104.3 Monday at 7:00 p.m. for a rebroadcast of October’s Mudrooms, Juneau’s monthly storytelling event. This month’s theme was Acceptance.
  • Fall Foodie Fridays

    On today’s show we’re rebroadcasting fall-themed Foodie Fridays. Mary Daaljíni Folletti and Ricky L’eiw Yéil Tagaban talk moose ribs and salmon,
    https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2018/09/JPM-9-14-2018_03.mp3Buzz Ritter teaches us about krauts and sausage,
    Christy Ciambor shares staples of Italian-American comfort food: chicken with shrimp Parmesan,
  • Novagold talks expansion, mine development in latest earnings call

    The proposed Donlin Mine could extract roughly 33 million ounces of gold during its initial 27-year production period. (Photo by Katie Basile/KYUK).
    Novagold, one of two companies developing the proposed Donlin Gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, is looking at building the mine in stages to reduce construction costs. That’s according to its latest quarterly earnings call.
    Donlin plans to build a mine consisting of two pits that will eventually merge into one. At its peak, the mine woul
  • Protest interrupts governor’s speech at AFN conference in Fairbanks

    Protesters stand with their back to the stage during Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s speech at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks on Thursday. (Photo by Casey Grove/Alaska Public Media)
    A group of protesters briefly interrupted Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s address Thursday morning to the Alaska Federation of Natives convention, drawing a rebuke from Will Mayo, one of the federation’s co-chairs.
    Alaska Native groups have feuded with Dunleavy over his proposals to sharply cut
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  • Trump to pick former Alaska oil industry attorney for federal judgeship

    Joshua Kindred, then an attorney for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, spoke at Southeast Conference’s Mid Session Summit Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo by Heather Holt.)
    President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he intends to pick Joshua Kindred, a former oil industry attorney, as a new U.S. District Court judge for Alaska.
    Kindred works as a lawyer in Anchorage for the U.S. Department of Interior. Before that, he was regulatory and legal affairs manager for the Alaska Oil and Gas Associat
  • Mountain Village corporation wants vote on Donlin mine

    The proposed Donlin Gold mine would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world if completed. (Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK)
    A village corporation in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta wants Calista Corporation shareholders to vote on whether Calista should support the proposed Donlin Gold mine.
    Calista owns the mineral rights to the mine, which would be built in the upper Kuskokwim River area. Azachorok is a village corporation in Mountain Village, on the Yukon River. Azachorok’s president, Loren Pe
  • Dunleavy wants White House to consider fast-tracking Prince of Wales rare earth mine

    A sign marks a trail up Bokan Mountain on Prince of Wales Island. Ucore Rare Metals Inc. has been exploring the Bokan-Dotson Ridge site as a possible new mine. (Photo courtesy Ucore Rare Metals)
    According to a letter from his office to the White House, Governor Mike Dunleavy wants the Trump administration to fast-track a proposed rare earth mine in Southeast Alaska. But environmentalists warn the mine won’t get a thorough enough review.
    Bokan Mountain is on the southern end of Prince of Wa
  • Juneau immersion classroom aims to teach new generation of Lingít speakers

    Most fluent speakers of the Lingít language are elders. But the instructors of an immersion classroom in Juneau have high hopes: to raise a new generation of Lingít speakers.https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2019/10/16Immersion.mp3
    When you step inside the Haa Yóo X̱ʼatángi Kúdi classroom, two rules are immediately clear: shoes off, and Lingít only. At least for the adults.
    Haa Yóo X̱ʼatángi Kúdi means &ldq
  • Tourism advocates say proposed Roadless Rule exemption threatens industry’s growth

    The remains of a Tongass clear-cut and logging road north of Ketchikan, pictured here in 2014, are visible from the air. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)
    News confirming that the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to fully exempt the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless Rule came as a disappointment to members of Alaska’s visitor industry Tuesday.
    But tourism operators say they plan to continue pushing back against further development in the Tongass that they feel threaten their
  • State senators’ support may clear path for Revak confirmation

    Rep. Josh Revak watches Gov. Michael Dunleavy unveil his latest budget proposal in February. This week, Revak received support from key Republican senators in his appointment to fill the Senate vacancy caused by the death of Sen. Chris Birch. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)
    The path appears to be clearing for Anchorage Republican Rep. Josh Revak to join the state Senate. 
    Multiple senators said they support confirming Revak, including Senate President Cathy Giessel.
  • Hoonah wants to join large area to create new borough

    Motorists drive past a “Welcome to Hoonah” sign on Aug. 6, 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    Hoonah wants to legally join an area of land to form what would be the biggest borough in Southeast Alaska, officials said.
    The city of Hoonah filed a petition earlier this month for a technical review by the Local Boundary Commission of its proposed Xunaa Borough, the Juneau Empire reported Tuesday.
    The community of about 800 residents located 40 miles southwest of Juneau wants to join an a
  • Newscast – Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019

    In this newscast:The City of Hoonah petitions boundary officials to become Southeast Alaska’s biggest borough,
    operators of Kensington Gold Mine share what their proposed expansion means on the ground,
    Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer certifies an oil tax ballot initiative application for signature gathering,
    the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation takes public comment on possible changes to oil spill prevention an
  • AFN convention highlights Native groups’ tension with Alaska Gov. Dunleavy as recall effort looms

    Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference at his Anchorage office on Sept. 27. (Photo by Nat Herz/Alaska Public Media)
    In Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s first few months in office this year, the Republican traded shots with the state’s primary Alaska Native advocacy group, the Alaska Federation of Natives.
    Dunleavy’s budget proposed cuts to programs important to Alaska Native groups: rural law enforcement, payments to senior citizens and health care. AFN’s leader
  • Signal down for Coast Guard VHF stations in Southeast Alaska

    A Coast Guard service member holds an emergency position-indicating radio beacon, or EPIRB, that had been activated near Oahu on May 31, 2019.  The Coast Guard advises mariners in Southeast Alaska use EPIRBs or satellite phones if they’re in distress while their VHF communications are disrupted. (Photo by Petty Officer Second Class Mario Villani/U.S. Coast Guard)
    The Coast Guard is reporting widespread disruption of its VHF radio communications across Southeast Alaska.
    It warns that V
  • Juneau Makerspace offers mosaic and printmaking classes

    Scott Burton hosts on Thursday, October 17, 2019.
    On Thursday’s show, artists from the Juneau Markerspace will highlight mosaic and printmaking classes. Dr. Sanjay Pyare will outline his Friday night Evening at Egan lecture titled “Sumatra to Southeast Alaska: what the journey of a migratory seabird can teach us.” Visiting comedians from The Native and the Nerd Comedy Tour will preview Thursday night’s show, and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council will outline the rest
  • Senators say they’re open to compromise on dividend, but must resolve major differences

    Sen. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee in Juneau in March. Hughes said this month that she’s willing to compromise on permanent fund dividends. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)
    Why hasn’t Alaska solved the problem of what to do about the permanent fund dividend? The answer is pretty simple: A long-term solution faces major political obstacles. Senators who support and oppose reducing dividends say they’re willing to compromise. But they still have ma
  • Cruise boom brings more business to Sitka but strains some local attractions

    A Holland America cruise ship at the Halibut Point Marine Services dock in Sitka in 2016. (Photo courtesy Chris McGraw)
    It’s been a big year for cruise ship tourism in Sitka. The town saw a huge increase in passenger visits, and in May it hosted the largest cruise ship currently operating in Alaska waters.
    While some in the tourist industry welcome the extra business, the large crowds did create challenges for some local attractions.These days, the crew at Halibut Point Marine Services is
  • You’ve probably never been to the Anchorage airport’s sleepy second terminal. The state wants to change that.

    A Singapore Airlines cargo plane sits outside the North Terminal at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. (Photo by Abbey Collins/Alaska Public Media)
    The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was once a hub of global travel. Passenger planes from around the world would frequently touch down in the city. Today, the halls of the international terminal are much quieter, but airport leaders are hoping to draw more global traffic back to the state.
    The North Terminal of the airport in A
  • Newscast – Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

    In this newscast:The U.S. Department of Agriculture announces it’s seeking to fully exempt the Tongass National Forest from a rule that makes roadbuilding difficult,
    a renowned evangelical Christian and climate scientist brings her message to Alaska,
    Mayor Beth Weldon forms a task force to looking at what the city should do to address the growing tourism industry,
    travel industry interests discuss “overtouri
  • Walk Around Elmo comes to Juneau

    Sheli DeLaney hosts on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.On Wednesday’s show, AEYC will preview this Friday’s event with Walk Around Elmo at the Dimond Park Fieldhouse. We’ll meet Juneau Symphony music director finalist Dr. Christopher Koch, and preview this weekend’s concerts. And writers and organizers will highlight Friday’s Alaska Day Literary Festival at the APK SLAM.
    That’s Juneau Afternoon on Wednesday: 3 p.m. on KTOO 104.3 FM, and repeated at 4 p.m. on KRNN
  • CBJ Assembly Meeting – Oct. 14, 2019

  • After record-breaking season, city task force takes on tourism challenges

    Vicki Logan of Travel Juneau greets and hands out walking maps to passengers of the Ruby Princess at the Franklin Dock on Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    Should the City and Borough of Juneau do more to directly address its growing tourism industry?
    That’s the question Mayor Beth Weldon has charged a new visitor industry task force with answering. The move follows a record-breaking increase in the number of cruise ship visitors last summer.
    Juneau Assembly member Carol
  • After months of speculation, Forest Service recommends lifting Roadless Rule for the Tongass

    The Tongass National Forest near Wrangell, Alaska, 2016. (Creative Commons photo by Rob Bertholf)
    The United States Department of Agriculture announced today that it’s seeking a full exemption of the Roadless Rule in the Tongass National Forest. That would make Alaska the only state that doesn’t have to follow the federal rule.
    If Alaska is exempt from the Roadless Rule, it will be easier to build new roads through the Tongass.
    Alaska’s congressional delegation has long pushed
  • Meet the evangelical climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe

    Deacon Charles Rohrbacher of the Catholic Diocese of Juneau talks with climate scientist and Evangelical Christian Katharine Hayhoe at Chapel by the Lake in Juneau on Sept. 13, 2019. Hayhoe, a Texas Tech University professor, said she stacked 29 events around Alaska into her trip. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    National media and mainstream science organizations celebrate the scientist and evangelical Christian Katharine
  • When it comes to cruise ship passengers, how much is too much? Visitor industry insiders differ.

    Alaska Travel Industry Association convention-goers schmooze aboard Alaskan Dream Cruises’ Chichagof Dream in downtown Juneau on Oct. 9, 2019. The ship was one of several venues for the convention’s community night. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
    Visitor industry stakeholders from around the state gathered in Juneau last week for the annual Alaska Travel Industry Association convention.
    After a season of record-breaking growth, the gathering celebrated the summer’s success. But w
  • Juneau officials consider St. Vincent’s bid for new valley warming center

    At the City and Borough of Juneau’s former downtown warming center, pictured here Dec. 2, 2017, each visitor got a cot, a blanket and space under the cot for one bag. The city is poised to award a contract to a new warming center in the Mendenhall Valley in a center operated by St. Vincent de Paul. (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)
    During a Friday afternoon lunch at the Glory Hall homeless shelter in downtown Juneau, dozens of shelter residents and drop-ins gather for a meal, maybe a cup of coff
  • ‘Devilfish’ playwright’s favorite audience? Eighth graders.

    Eighth graders in Juneau had a day at the theater this month to watch “Devilfish,” a play that tells the story of a young Tlingit girl struggling with grief and new responsibility. After the performances, cast and crew visited middle schools to answer questions and share a few tricks of the trade.
    The cast and crew of “Devilfish” visit Floyd Dryden Middle School on Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo by Zoe Grueskin/KTOO)https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/ktoo/2019/10/11Devilfish.mp3
  • Tribal government group supports keeping Alaska’s Roadless Rule

    An organization of 57 tribal governments across the Northwest says the Roadless Rule should stay in place in Alaska. 
    The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians passed the resolution at its annual conference last week in Suquamish, Washington, at the request of the Organized Village of Kake. 
    Right now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering changes to the federal Roadless Rule. It could open up new areas to road building and logging in the Tongass National Forest. 
  • Newscast – Monday, Oct. 14, 2019

    In this newscast:An organization of 57 tribal governments says the Roadless Rule should stay in place in Alaska,
    Eklutna officials file a lawsuit against the Interior Department in an effort to open a tribal gaming hall in Chugiak,
    Juneau officials consider a contract for winter warming shelter,
    Juneau eight graders get to see and discuss Vera Starbard’s new play Devilfish,
    a Petersburg man dies after his skiff fli
  • Flu shot season

    Sheli DeLaney hosts on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.
    On Tuesday’s show, we’ll talk flu shots and how to stay well this season. We’ll get a preview of this weekend’s Zombie Run fundraiser for Harborview Elementary School. And the Juneau Senior Center Advisory Council will highlight Friday’s pancake breakfast.That’s Juneau Afternoon on Tuesday: 3 p.m. on KTOO 104.3 FM, and repeated at 4 p.m. on KRNN 102.7 FM.
  • Pacific tribes across borders declare ‘salmon emergency’

    The Taku River. (Photo courtesy Rivers Without Borders)
    Tribal representatives from across Southeast Alaska, British Columbia and Washington state are sounding the alarm over threats posed to wild salmon across state and national borders.
    “We will not surrender our responsibilities as stewards of the land and resources entrusted to us by our creator,” John Ward of the Taku River Tlingit in Atlin, British Columbia said in a statement.
    Pacific tribes stretching from Yakutat,
  • A new menace for Anchorage dogs: river otters

    The dangers of Alaska’s charismatic megafauna like moose and bears are well-known. But it’s not just the large animals you have to worry about, as an Anchorage couple learned in an encounter last week that ended with the near-drowning of their 50-pound husky mix.
    Ruby is a 50-pound husky mix. She was attacked by river otters in Anchorage’s Taku Lake the evening of Oct. 9, 2019. (Photo courtesy Kenny Brewer)
    Wednesday seemed like a normal evening for Kenny Brewer, a 27-year-old
  • Alaska Native village sues federal agency over gaming hall

    An Alaska Native Village filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Interior Department in a continuing campaign to open a tribal gambling hall, officials said.
    Officials from Eklutna filed the lawsuit seeking to open a hall in Chugiak, about 20 miles north of downtown Anchorage, The Anchorage Daily News reported.
    The complaint filed in August in federal district court in Washington, D.C., represents the tribal government’s latest attempt to open the area’s first federally licensed gambling fa
  • Gov. Dunleavy seeks to increase Virginia law firm contract

    Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Attorney General Kevin Clarkson discuss legislative issues with reporters at a press conference in the Capitol on Jan. 30. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)
    Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration is negotiating a contract extension that would pay a Virginia law firm $125,000 for its services in a legal fight with Alaska unions.
    The Republican administration wants to expand its current contract with Consovoy McCarthy, The Anchorage Daily News reported Thursday.
    The state an
  • University president responds to no-confidence resolution

    University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen released a video acknowledging his role in what he calls a breakdown in unity across the university system.
    Johnsen issued the video statement Wednesday in the wake of a University of Alaska Anchorage Faculty Senate no-confidence resolution in his leadership issued last week, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.
    There were also reports of infighting between university campuses.
    Johnsen remained in “crisis mode” over the spring and summe
  • University of Alaska debt rating downgraded after years of cuts

    (Creative Commons photo by eflon)
    Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings has lowered its debt rating for the University of Alaska system. They cited big cuts in state funding as an indicator of credit risk.
    S&P Global Ratings report is the second time this year a rating agency has down-graded this measure, after Moody’s downgraded the UA system’s credit rating in July.
    However, this week’s downgrade is only one notch in S&P’s rating system, from AA- to A+.
  • Alaska Supreme Court says state must pay salmon initiative’s legal fees

    Adult sockeye salmon encounter a waterfall on their way up river to spawn. The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday said the state government has to pay legal fees for the Stand for Salmon ballot iniative that failed last year. (Photo by Marvina Munch/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
    The Alaska Supreme Court said the state government has to pay legal fees for the Stand for Salmon ballot initiative that failed last year. 
    The fees resulted from a court case over whether the initiative should h
  • Newscast – Friday, Oct. 11, 2019

    In this newscast:Tribal leaders from across Southeast Alaska, British Columbia and Washington state sound the alarm over threats to wild salmon,
    the state of Alaska is negotiating a contract extension to pay a law firm for its services fighting Alaska unions,
    the Alaska Supreme Court says the state must pay legal fees for the Stand for Salmon ballot initiative that failed last year,
    President Donald Trump hands his mic o
  • Indigenous Peoples Day

    Tune in on Monday, Indigenous Peoples Day, for a Tlingit conversation.That’s Juneau Afternoon on Monday at 3 p.m. on KTOO 104.3 FM or KTOO.org, and repeated at 4 p.m. on KRNN 102.7 FM or KRNN.org.
    Tune in to KTOO 104.3 Monday at 7:00 p.m. for a live broadcast of the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly meeting. You can also listen online at ktoo.org
  • Gardentalk – Bring your begonias, dahlias and fuchsias in for the winter

    An award-winning dahlia flower as shown during a community garden harvest fair in Juneau. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)
    Master Gardener Ed Buyarski says it’s time to get your begonias, dahlias and fuchsias inside a cool, but not a freezing place.
    Tuesday morning’s record low temperature of 23 degrees at the Juneau International Airport may be Mother Nature’s way of saying more cold snaps and frosty mornings are not that far off.We haven’t seen this a lot in Alaska lately. B
  • U.S. Forest Service, Coeur Mining officials discuss mine expansion plans in Haines

    The Kensington gold mine south of Haines applied to the U.S. Forest Service for a permit to expand operations and extend the life of the mine by a decade. Public comment in Haines is part of the process.
    About a dozen Coeur Alaska employees brought maps and materials to the Haines Borough Public Library on Wednesday evening. They were available for three hours to residents curious about their plans to expand tailings facilities and waste rock disposal.
    A handful of residents turned out to look a
  • As complaints increase, Norwegian Cruise Lines agrees to pay for emissions monitoring in Skagway

    The Norwegian Pearl tied up at Skagway’s Broadway dock in July 2017. Two more cruise ships are moored at the railroad dock in the background. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS)
    Norwegian Cruise Lines has agreed to pay for third-party emissions monitoring in Skagway starting next summer after the municipality voiced concerns.
    Toward the end of September, dozens of residents complained to the municipality about blue smoke from a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship hanging over the Taiya Inlet.
    The cru

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