In this newscast: Among Governor Mike Dunleavy’s recent budget vetoes was $400-thousand dollars for the Alaska Legal Services Corporation which is an organization devoted solely to providing free legal aid to low-income Alaskans; When the COVID-19 pandemic cut her last gallery show short in 2020, a Juneau illustrator and ceramics artist turned to social media to exhibit her work.; Alaska’s health department says COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in nearly all regions of the state, driven almost entirely by the more deadly and infectious delta variant.
In this newscast: Kensington Mine, about 45 miles northwest of Juneau, is running out of room to store its tailings; For the first time ever, the largest cruise ship to visit Alaska has made its way to Ketchikan; Parts of Interior and Southcentral Alaska will see poor air quality as a result of wildfires in Canada this week; A divided federal appeals court panel has struck down several campaign contribution caps in Alaska.
In this newscast: Researchers have identified the killer whale that beached itself on Prince of Wales Island Thursday and later freed itself; At an emergency meeting on Thursday, the Sitka Assembly voted 6-0 to require masks in public spaces, in an attempt to curb the largest outbreak of COVID-19 in the community since the beginning of the pandemic; Alaska’s state government has joined with other Republican-led states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
In this newscast: The Southeast Alaska State Fair will go on as planned this coming weekend, but fair organizers are taking steps to ensure the safest gathering possible even as COVID-19 cases spike across Southeast Alaska; Former Juneau resident Heather Barr is keeping an eye on Afghanistan. She’s living in Pakistan now working for Human Rights Watch; A lone killer whale that was reported to have beached itself on Prince of Wales Island Thursday has freed itself, according to federal biologists.
In this newscast: In Juneau, there were more new cases of COVID-19 identified in the two weeks that ended on Sunday than any other two weeks since testing and tracking began; Juneau coach and teacher Kevin Hamrick recently retired from the Juneau School District after putting in almost 30 years as an educator; The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Metlakatla fisherman who was fined for fishing without the proper permits; A state lawyer outed as having posted racist and antisemitic comments on Twitter no longer works for the Alaska Department of Law.
In this newscast: A dozen women have accused former Juneau-area chiropractor Jeffrey Fultz of sexually abusing them under the guise of treating them for medical problems; A two-year project aimed at honoring Alaska’s veterans in Hoonah is finally complete; Troopers say the two adult occupants of a plane that crashed in the Chugach Mountains north of Anchorage on Monday are dead.
In this newscast: The filing period for Juneau residents interested in running for a local office closed today; The first large cruise ship in nearly two years arrived in Alaska last week; At least one passenger aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in Southeast Alaska has tested positive for COVID-19; The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced plans to review whether a southeast Alaska wolf population merits Endangered Species Act protections.
Applicants who meet all the qualifications will face off on Oct. 5 when voters will elect a mayor, two assembly members and three board of education members.
In this newscast: Juneau city officials are urging unvaccinated travelers arriving from Alaska communities that are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases to get tested when they return to town; Juneau coffee shop Sacred Grounds recently got a makeover from Tlingit artists Michaela Goade and Robert Mills; The Biden administration announced Thursday that it’s freezing any remaining old-growth timber sales in the Tongass National Forest and will pivot to investing in other sectors of Southeast Alaska’s economy; Canadian authorities say they’ll lift a pandemic-era ban on cruise ships in the country’s waters.
While things are starting to feel back to normal in Juneau, other places like Anchorage, Sitka and the Kenai Peninsula are seeing a surge of new infections.