Friday, January 14, 2022: Southeast Alaska’s mysterious glacier bears. Americorps observes Martin Luther King Day with community service. 

Glacier bear photographed by the Juneau Police Department.


There was a short period of time, years ago, when these rare black bears were sighted in Juneau. Their silver-grey fur made people look twice. But for the most part, glacier bears are hard to find – mainly because there are so few, and their coats blend into rocky, icy terrain.

Today on Juneau Afternoon, Tania Lewis, a biologist with the Glacier Bay National Park Service, will talk about some of the genetics research into these bears.

Also today:

  • Americorps members will talk about the meaning of Martin Luther King Day and a Juneau campaign to help Glory Hall and AWARE, as part of Dr. King’s national day of service. Here’s a link with more information about Juneau’s MLK Day of Service. 
  • Juneau musician George Kuhar’s annual birthday concert.


To listen to the entire program:

Part 1.  Glacier Bears. Interview with Tania Lewis, Glacier Bay National Park Service biologist.

Part 2. Americorps celebrates Martin Luther King Day. Guests: Shari Paul, Monica Wafford and Bridget Monks.

Part 3. George Kuhar, a Juneau musician and front man for Playboy Spaceman, invites you to his annual birthday concert.

For the last 11 years, George Kuhar has held a free birthday concert in Juneau, a performance that he says is always life-affirming. This year’s concert can be watched online at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 16th on his website:

Rhonda McBride hosts today’s program.  You can catch Juneau Afternoon, Tuesday through Friday, live at 3:00 p.m. on KTOO Juneau 104.3.  The rebroadcast airs at 7:00 p.m. on KTOO. You can also listen online at



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