In Juneau, quirky people, untold stories and little mysteries are as abundant as the rain. For the things about Juneau you can’t Google, why not work with a KTOO reporter to satisfy your curiosity?
Introducing a new KTOO news feature: Curious Juneau. Starring you and your questions.
Curious Juneau is a recurring news feature driven by questions and reporting from our audience.
Are you curious about Juneau? The history of Alaska’s capital city, its places and its people? Or if you just like to ask questions, then ask away!
A common story goes that there was a shipping mix up. Somewhere in Florida, there's a federal building with our eagle statue, and our federal building got their pelicans. Is it true?Read More »
Tall tales abound in regards to the giant blocks near Lemon Creek. The stories behind the mysterious blocks are almost too good to be true: Ancient monoliths, hatches for alien space craft, White Alice -- even cow graves. But nothing is really, so to speak, concrete.Read More »
In the mid-1970s the city and power company jointly built a 350-foot tunnel under Telephone Hill. It still carries water and power underground but its use as a pedestrian short cut was short-lived.Read More »
A hydrologist's marker dye is unlikely, but there are a variety of biological processes that could be responsible for discoloration of the pond that's located about 4 miles down the Herbert Glacier trail.Read More »
The children's book, “Patsy Ann of Alaska: the true story of a dog" says the bull terrier, Patsy Ann, pushed her paw prints into sidewalk cement. But do they actually exist?Read More »
Juneau isn't on the road system, but yet car thefts in the de facto island city -- are on the rise. In fact, 2017 has already surpassed the number of stolen motor vehicles reported in recent years -- and more than doubled since 2014.Read More »
If you’ve driven on Mendenhall Loop Road, you may have seen the huts. The rusted steel half-circles look a bit like mini-airplane hangars.Read More »
“The fact is that after 1902, all of the people who were executed in Alaska were either racial minorities or ethnic minorities,” said attorney Averil Lerman. The last three men executed in the territory were an Alaska Native and two black men.Read More »
Many people are familiar with the story of Robert Stroud, one of the country’s most famous inmates of the last century, and how he spent over half his life in solitary confinement and gained fame for his careful study of birds and bird diseases. But many people probably don't know that Stroud was initially sent to prison for a murder he committed just a few short blocks away from the present-day Alaska State Capitol in downtown Juneau.Read More »
Curious Juneau examines why Gastineau Channel isn't maintained as a through waterway. Instead most vessels have to take the long way around Douglas Island.Read More »