The Blind Spot: beyond no-man’s land

Soups from 18 Juneau restaurants to fill The Glory Hole’s Empty Bowls

This juvenile male is one of several hanging around Steep Creek at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors' Center. Photo by Heather Bryant / KTOO.

Take steps to avoid bear problems

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Bears are coming out of hibernation, and it’s time to take action before they become problems in the neighborhood.

Mercedes Muñoz with the bowls she has just finished glazing for the Empty Bowls fundraiser (Photo by David Purdy/KTOO)

Soups from 18 Juneau restaurants to fill The Glory Hole’s Empty Bowls

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Around 400 bowls have been made for The Glory Hole’s Empty Bowls event on Sunday. It’s the ninth time the emergency shelter and soup kitchen has held the fundraiser.

Cruise ships in port in Juneau (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Industry forecasts strong tourist season for Alaska

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John Binkley, president of Cruise Lines International Association Alaska, says 2015 should be strong year for tourism in the state. But he says challenges may lie ahead.

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Empty alcohol bottles in a sink

A moving target: WAANT pursues bootleg liquor

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Bethel is weighing a decision on the first liquor store in decades. In the shadow of the debate is a powerful and elaborate bootlegging economy.

James Poulson and his father Thad operate the printing press

AK: The Sitka Sentinel remains a family affair

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The Sitka Sentinel celebrated its 75th anniversary last year without much fanfare.

Funny people: Mike Descoteaux and Deana Criess

Leaning into the fear: As If! The Alaska State Improv Festival is back

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As If! The Alaska State Improv Festival is back in Juneau this weekend for its third year. Two performers from Improv Boston talk about fear and how it influences their comedy.

Kensington Gold Mine mill

Alaska miners dispute claim that “much” of Alaska’s federal lands are open to mining

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“I think our concern is when you say “much” you’re talking about 18 percent of placer mines, and two out of six large-scale mines,” said mining industry representative.

(Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)

The Blind Spot: harm reduction at the transit center

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If you’re a teenager in Anchorage struggling with homelessness, hunger, or addiction there are few places to turn. One of the few organizations in Anchorage helping at-risk teens on their own terms is hidden in plain sight in one of the city’s busiest buildings.

The exterior of the ARCH building.

The Blind Spot: a system of order over chaos

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How youth who are part of and outside of the juvenile justice system are getting help for substance abuse? One option is inpatient programs like the Adolescent Residential Center for Help in Eagle River.

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Additional motions filed in education funding lawsuit

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The Ketchikan Gateway Borough today appealed an earlier motion that would allow the AASB, ACSA and ASA to join the ongoing education funding lawsuit as friends of the court in support of the State of Alaska.

Senate passes Interior energy bill

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The Alaska Senate has passed legislation that would authorize financing for a gas project to serve Interior Alaska.

Gov cites public confusion in not signing school bond bill

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A bill that would pause the state’s obligation to reimburse school construction debt payments will become law without Gov. Bill Walker’s signature.

Walker declares disaster from fire in Interior village

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Gov. Bill Walker has declared a state disaster in response to a fire that crippled water service in the village of Alatna

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Ketchikan-area lawmakers push for island-wide tobacco tax

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Ketchikan local government officials are pushing for an island-wide tobacco tax which would include e-cigarettes.

University of Alaska announces furloughs to cut costs

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The University of Alaska’s president has approved a plan to furlough 167 administrative personnel to cut costs.

House, Senate negotiators reach agreement on budget

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House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on a state operating budget, and proposed a way to fund government through the end of this fiscal year without potentially having to draw from the constitutional budget reserve fund.

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People approach the scene after an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Saturday. At least 17 people have been killed on the mountain. (Photo by Azim Afif/AP)

High-Altitude Rescue Underway On Everest

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At least 17 people are reported dead on the mountain after a massive quake-triggered avalanche swept through base camp on the south side on Saturday.

Police carry a detained man to a waiting police van after a march to City Hall for Freddie Gray, on Saturday. Authorities say 34 people were arrested in the protest over Gray, who died in police custody last week. (Photo by Alex Brandon/AP)

Baltimore Police: 34 Arrested In Freddie Gray Protest

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Even with the arrests, police said Saturday’s protest over Gray — a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody after receiving a fatal spinal cord injury — was “mostly peaceful.”

Volunteers help with rescue work at the site of a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Saturday. The temblor is the worst in Nepal in 80 years.

More Than 1,000 Confirmed Dead In Nepal After Powerful Earthquake

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The magnitude-7.8 temblor hit north of the capital Kathmandu, toppling buildings in the capital. Dozens were also killed in neighboring India, China and Bangladesh.

Earlier this week, protesters marched for Freddie Gray through downtown Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. A larger protest is planned for Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Patrick Semansky/AP)

Protesters Pledge To ‘Shut Down’ Baltimore Over Police Custody Death

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People were gathering for what organizers say will be the largest demonstration to date in support of Freddie Gray, who died after sustaining a fatal spinal cord injury during or after his arrest.