KTOO News Department

Newscast – Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

The Alaska Legislature is scheduled to meet for the first day of its fourth special session on Monday, but state leaders are divided over whether the session should even happen, 
For decades, KTOO’s Matt Miller has guided Juneau through the morning news, now he’s stepping down. 
Tribal citizens and delegates gathered Friday for the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s annual Tribal Assembly, 

Newscast – Sept. 30, 2021

This year’s permanent fund dividend will be $1,114, 
As the U.S. and Canada uncover Indigenous school history — survivors, their children and communities marked Orange Shirt day in Juneau on Thursday, 
Alaska is experiencing the sharpest COVID-19 surge in the country; that crisis in big city hospitals has a ripple effect across the state,
A senior executive at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center has left her job abruptly and will relocate,
There’s a high wind watch and flood watch for much of Southeast Alaska, including Juneau, this weekend

Newscast – Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021

Juneau restaurant Black Moon Koven opened up this spring very elusively and mostly through word of mouth. It’s dark, moody ambiance has drawn a cult following,
Alaskans are getting cOVID-19 at a faster rate than any other state in the nation — case rates are nearly double last December’s peak. Experts point to Juneau as proof that emergency mandates could slow transmission, 
The National Science Foundation-owned, University of Alaska Fairbanks-operated research vessel Sikuliaq wrapped up a marine geology expedition this week

Newscast – Friday, Sept. 24, 2021

The state board in charge of redrawing Alaska’s legislative districts is kicking off a series of open house-style public hearings on proposed maps this Monday in Juneau, 
Gov. Mike Dunleavy made two big announcements this week about how the state is managing COVID-19, 
Even though Juneau is experiencing its biggest COVID surge of the pandemic, schools are open, and sports and other afterschool activities are happening in person. But statewide, officials say the Delta variant is hitting kids hard. 
The State of Alaska reported a new single-day case record today of more than seventeen hundred resident COVId-19 cases, along with 44 deaths over the past year that were linked to the virus. 

Newscast – Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

In 2019, elementary school principal got two restraining orders against a man who is now running for Juneau’s school board, 
Of the 14 candidates for seats on Juneau Assembly and Board of Education this year, one candidate has a remarkable lead in fundraising, 
Alaska officials outlined plans Wednesday to help hospitals with crisis standards of care amid a surge of COVID-19 cases

Newscast – Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021

State health officials reported another 41 Juneau residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, 
Alaska broke its daily COVID-19 record on Wednesday, 
Over half of all beds at Central Peninsula Hospital are now occupied by COVID-19 patients and the hospital is almost a third overcapacity, 
A deadline has passed for local candidates and issues groups all over the state to disclose their campaign finances ahead of local elections on Oct. 5, 
At the latest Juneau COVID-19 community update, people had a lot of questions. Juneau health officials spent about an hour answering them, 
Gov. Mike Dunleavy painted a stark picture of the state’s COVID-19 woes as a surge in cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 put hospitals in crisis mode. He announced Wednesday the state has contracted 400 additional healthcare workers from the Lower-48. 

Newscast – Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021

Alaskans can expect to start seeing $1,100 PFD payments hit their bank accounts in mid-October, 
A Canadian mining company is exploring claims near the small town of Pelican on Chichagof Island,
Every 10 years, states redraw their political district maps to keep them up-to-date with shifts in populations. In Alaska, a five-member Redistricting Board draws the map and where the board draws the lines will have big implications on who gets elected, 
State officials say 46 more Juneau residents and visitors have tested positive for COVID-19,
 An outbreak of COVID-19 at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau shows no sign of improvement. 

Newscast – Monday, Sept. 20, 2021

Another Juneau man has died and 95 Juneau residents tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, 
A Juneau house was damaged in a recent flood caused by road improvements, but current owners don’t hold a grudge against construction crews and they hope to move back in after the house is repaired
After just six months on the job, Bartlett Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Rose Lawhorne has resigned, 
A second-high level Bartlett Regional Hospital employee resigned last week, 

Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will use new funding from NASA to track snowfall across the state, 
Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson’s commander declared a public health emergency Friday due to high rates of COVID-19 infection in Anchorage

Newscast – Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

When the state’s health department website was breached earlier this year, cyberattackers had access to the private health information of Alaskans,
There’s no title for the screenplay yet, but now X̱’unei Lance Twitchell has a fellowship from the Rasmuson Foundation to realize a longtime dream, to bring a true story to life about how Native boarding schools systematically tried to kill indigenous languages, 
A Belgian woman is trying to set a record for being the youngest ever to fly solo around the world. The airport in Juneau will be her first stopover in the state, 
A coalition of Southeast tribes and the region’s largest Native corporation are creating an endowment designed to support indigenous-led conservation and economic development, 
As the spread of the delta variant continues unabated in much of the U.S., public health leaders have approved healthcare rationing in Idaho and parts of Alaska and Montana,
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is moving the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management back to the nation’s capital after two years in Colorado. 

Newscast – Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021

State health officials reported a record 1,091 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, and while that’s the most cases they’ve ever reported in a single day — that doesn’t necessarily mean that 1,091 people tested positive on the same day,
Juneau school district superintendent Bridget Weiss has been named Alaska’s 2022 Superintendent of the Year, 
Alaska’s ferry link with Canada is on pace to resume next spring following a tentative agreement between custom officials in both countries, 
After nearly 30 years in relative dormancy the black-headed budworm population is exploding in Southeast Alaska leaving swaths of browning hemlock in their paths. 

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