With session winding down, House passes Erin's Law

Signs mark the end of Juneau's Glacier Highway in 2013. A state transportation plan calls for extending the road north 47 miles to a new ferry terminal.
(Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Funds added for Juneau Access, Knik Crossing

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Lawmakers have allocated another $70 million for two controversial transportation projects — the Juneau Access Project and the Knik Arm Crossing. But the federal funds may never be spent.

The M/V Chenega up on blocks in drydock at the Ketchikan Shipyard for maintenance and repairs. The Chenega is one of two fast ferries in the Alaska Marine Highway System. The ship has a service speed of 32 knots.

Some ferry cuts restored, but impacts unclear

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State budget-writers have reversed one of cuts made to the Alaska Marine Highway System. But officials say it’s too early to say how much service will be restored.

Ben Peyerk, the director of animal control and protection at the Gastineau Humane Society, pets a cat named Gouda. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)

Law and Rover: HB 147 would give pets special legal considerations

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A bill likely be back in next year’s legislative session aims to give pets special considerations in the law when it comes to divorce, protective orders and animal seizures.

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The Eagle Valley Center is located out the road in Amalga Meadows Park. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

Without SAGA, no Eagle Valley Center programs this season

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“The city is hard pressed to take on any new obligations without adequate funding,” Kirk Duncan says.

Cabbage, still growing from last winter, prepares to bolt in KTOO’s Agricultural Test Station & Garden of Science! (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Gardentalk – Cheating Mother Nature & Early Planting

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KTOO’s resident Master Gardener explains what to do during early spring planting.

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SE Tribal council boosts anti-mine campaign

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Southeast Alaska’s Tlingit-Haida Central Council is increasing its opposition to mines just across the border in British Columbia.

An Airlift Northwest Lear Jet waits for a medevac call at Juneau’s airport.

EMS training conference underway in Juneau

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As many as 150 emergency medical providers are attending the Southeast Regional Emergency Medical Services Symposium.

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High-grade gold found near Kensington Mine

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The Kensington mine, located northwest of Juneau, recently announced the discovery of high-grade gold.

The FY 2016 capital budget includes $3 million for treatment of water from Juneau's Salmon Creek Reservoir. It will allow the reservoir to be a drinking-water source year-round. Turbidity shuts it down part of the year.

Record low snowpack in Southeast, warm summer ahead

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Last weekend, EagleCrest Ski Area received 20 inches of precipitation at its highest elevation, and about six inches at the base.

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Beaver Lake at Mendenhall Glacier. 
Several sunny days in Juneau led up to this past weekend's record-breaking temperatures. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Long-term weather models point toward a warm summer

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With the last of the snow melting off, long range forecasts indicate Alaska could be heading for a warm summer.

Once a dress shop in Nome, “Vi’s Apparel” moved to Sitka in 1949 and Bonnie Brenner convinced her parents to purchase it at the age of 19. Brenner’s closed its doors last month after 65 years. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)

Closing after 65 years, Brenner women look to the future

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The doors of one of the oldest family-owned stores in Sitka closed last month.

Cama-i celebrates tradition for all generations

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The Cama-i festival packed the Bethel regional high school gym for a weekend of dancing, singing, and celebrating life in the YK Delta.

Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, urges passage of House Bill 75 in the Alaska Senate, April 18, 2015. The bill would regulate marijuana establishments in Alaska. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Lawmakers approve new marijuana control board

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Alaska lawmakers have approved creation of a marijuana board to write regulations for the new industry.

UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers. (Photo courtesy UAF)

UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers to retire this summer

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University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers plans to step down this summer.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, during her annual address to the Alaska Legislature, Feb. 18, 2015. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Arctic priorities questioned on eve of U.S. chairmanship

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Some Arctic watchers wonder if the U.S. needs to add an item to its Arctic priority list: get tough with Russia.

The cold temperatures in Fairbanks create an ice fog which makes it difficult for air pollution to dissipate. (Photo by Joseph Hall)

EPA changes air monitoring location in Fairbanks

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency is changing the location of an air monitoring site in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and local officials are predicting it will result in higher readings of winter pollution.

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"There are two ways to go forward from here, and history shows this," Martin O'Malley said of the two parties' approaches to fixing the economy. "One path is a sensible rebalancing that calls us back to our tried and true success story as the land of opportunity. The other is pitchforks." (Photo by Ariel Zambelich/NPR)

O’Malley: America’s Economy Needs ‘Sensible Rebalancing,’ Not ‘Pitchforks’

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who will decide on a presidential run soon, is for a higher minimum wage and wants to increase Social Security benefits even though some would pay higher taxes.

A school bus passes a sign encouraging parents to have their children opt out of state tests in Rotterdam, N.Y. (Photo by Mike Groll/AP)

Anti-Test ‘Opt Out’ Movement Makes A Wave In New York State

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Activists say that about 175,000 students refused to take federally mandated tests last week.

Runners cross the start line in the women's division of Boston Marathon on Monday in Hopkinton, Mass. (Photo by Stephan Savoia/AP)

Boston Marathon Underway; Race Is Second Since Deadly 2013 Bombing

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The elite athlete will likely finish the 26.2-mile course a little after noon ET. Although last year’s marathon went off safely, security is tight.

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FDA Ponders Putting Homeopathy To A Tougher Test

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Homeopathy’s popularity has exploded in recent years. Now the Food and Drug Administration is considering whether homeopathic remedies should have to be proven safe and effective.