The Blind Spot: beyond no-man’s land

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


After weekend moves on budget, legislative session continues on

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After a week of lots of gridlock and little accomplished, the Alaska State Legislature lurched into some fits of action on the budget this weekend.

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.

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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Tong Phiti and Prao Ruang relax after their rescue off of the West Glacier Trail on Sunday morning. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Bowler/SEADOGS)

Thai hikers escape injury during weekend ice cave adventure

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Prao Ruang and Tong Phiti called for help after losing the trail on the west side of Mendenhall Glacier.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Graphic representing a greywater recycling system separates reusable water from sewage needing traditional treatment.

Bethel team envisions greywater recycling

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A Bethel team is re-envisioning how household water is treated. They hope to build and test a custom greywater recycling system for hauled systems in Western Alaska

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Bethel teen’s shop offers fashion and socializing

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A Bethel teen has started her own business, a women’s clothing consignment store in November, making her one of the community’s youngest entrepreneurs.

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Volunteers clear debris of a collapsed temple

More Than 4,000 Dead In Nepal As Earthquake Toll Rises

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Aftershocks are rattling survivors’ nerves and making the recovery even more challenging. In one district, 400,000 people were affected by the quake and more than 4,000 homes are now unsafe.

Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 28 during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Loretta Lynch Sworn In As U.S. Attorney General

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Lynch’s nomination was confirmed last week by the U.S. Senate, five months after President Obama nominated her to succeed Eric Holder.

Chief Justice John Roberts (from left) and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor at the State of the Union address earlier this year. (Photo by Mandel Ngan/AP)

Same-Sex Marriage, In The Justices’ Words

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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the question of same-sex marriage. In the meantime, we know a good deal about the justices’ views already.

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The Danger Of GMOs: Is It All In Your Mind?

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Genetically modified foods are often regarded as “unnatural” and approached with distrust. Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers the psychology behind these reactions.