In this newscast: Norweigan Cruise Line Holdings announced today that it’s donating $10 million across six Alaska port towns, including Juneau; The locals who want to limit cruise ship traffic in Juneau can begin collecting signatures to get their three proposals on to the next municipal election ballot; A World War II-era tug boat that had gone from a familiar landmark in Juneau’s Gastineau Channel to a derelict nuisance is sitting on the ocean floor; Organizers have rescheduled a Native Youth Olympics event in Ketchikan after the initial Southern Regional Games were postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak at the high school.
In this newscast: An international human rights body has agreed to hear from Southeast Alaska tribes concerned about cross-border pollution; A 12-year-old Juneau student has been crowned the Alaska State Spelling Bee champion; A national environmental justice group is joining local voices in the call for the state to halt a multi-million dollar construction project at the Gustavus airport; Former Alaska Tommy Beaudreau is on his way to becoming the second-in-command at the U.S. Interior Department.
In this newscast: Mayor Beth Weldon announced today that she’s running for mayor for a second term; The coronavirus pandemic took a heavy toll on tourism and consequently the aviation industry; KTOO’S Jeremy Hsieh speaks to a reporter in Key West, Florida about the parallels in local activists’ efforts to reduce cruise ship traffic; The Alaska House has passed a bill to prevent teachers from being laid off over the next two years.
In this newscast: The National Marine Fisheries Service Wednesday published a final rule designating critical habitat for three populations of humpback whales including some areas in Alaska; In the past year, as Alaskans changed their habits in response to the pandemic, social media became a lifeline for businesses seeing less foot traffic; As the summer approaches, Alaska’s travel industry is preparing for another uncertain season because of the pandemic.
In this newscast: Over the next several years, the City and Borough of Juneau has a lot of promises to keep with environmental regulators after racking up dozens of pollution violations at its two mains sewage treatment plants; More than 130 inmates at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau have received COVID-19 vaccines; Juneau city leaders are putting together next year’s budget and they want the public to weigh-in. Officials have expressed concern about flooding along some parts of the Kuskokwim River as snowpack begins to melt.
In this newscast: The sudden switch to warmer spring weather broke temperature records throughout Southeast Alaska; Most of Juneau relies on the Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment PLant to process sewage; Alaska will join Florida in a federal lawsuit challenging the current cruise ship regulations in the U.S.; The Alaska Industrial and Export Authority has reached an agreement with regional Native corporation Doyon to conduct survey and feasibility studies on the corporation’s lands.
In this newscast: Concerned residents in the Southeast Alaska town of Gustavus pushed state agencies to do more testing for contaminants before major construction at the city’s airport; An intensive search over the weekend of an area near Sitka’s ferry terminal turned up no new evidence in a missing person cold case; Ten years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, environmental regulators say they’re expanding radiation testing of commercially harvested Alaska seafood to include crab; Officials say two crew members aboard the Matansuka tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend after the state ferry left Bellingham for ports in Southeast Alaska.
In this newscast: The very first Tlingit Opera in production is about the Tlingit-Russian Wars at the start of the 19th century; How Muslims in Anchorage are celebrating the start of the holy month of Ramadan; SpaceX is considering building key parts of a satellite network in Alaska, including in Ketchikan, Nome and Fairbanks.
Sealaska Heritage Institute recently announced the opera’s development which will be based on the true story of the Tlingit-Russian War in 1802 and 1804.
In this newscast: Juneau residents reported hearing avalanches off of Mount Juneau on Tuesday night; Capital Transit riders in Juneau will notice something brand new and very cool this week — one of the first electric public transit buses in Alaska; The arrival of the Trumpeter Swans is a signal that spring is here, whether or not the weather agrees; The Dunleavy administration is no longer seeking private vendors to replace six state-run DMV offices.