KTOO News Update

The day’s local and state news in about 10 minutes.


Newscast – Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020

Tlingit culture bearer and leader King̱eestí David Katzeek died suddenly last night, While the pandemic put a damper on many holidays this year, determined Juneauites are finding creative ways to celebrate Halloween,  More than a dozen candidates for the Alaska Legislature gathered for a virtual forum last week on racial equity, Governor Mike Dunleavy says obsolete technology has prevented the state government from distributing additional money to Alaskans who are unemployed due to COVID-19, Alaska's congressional delegation and governor are welcoming the Trump administration's decision to fully exempt the Tongass National Forest from the Clinton-era Roadless rule. that's a federal regulation that generally restricts road-building and industrial activity on national forest lands that don't already have them. 

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Newscast — Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020

Juneau officials are reporting 12 new cases of COVID-19 in the area. Half of those are connected to a cluster of infections among the city's unsheltered population,  The Juneau Assembly made a decision earlier this week requiring the disclosure of real estate sales prices to the city assessor's office, despite opposition from local realtors,  Gov. Dunleavy's public health emergency disaster declaration is set to expire on Nov. 15. Healthcare providers and local governments say they need that declaration, which allows them to better respond to the pandemic,  Juneau's harbor officials have received the all-clear to scuttle The Lumberman, a derelict tugboat, offshore and in deep water.

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Newscast – Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020

After seven months, Juneau's residential substance abuse treatment facility reopens this week. Although Rainforest Recover Center will limit the number of patients for now, providers say the need in - and outside - the community is growing,  With contact tracing capacity strained by COVID-19 outbreaks statewide, Juneau city officials are asking the public to take more proactive steps to help contact tracers,  Alaska won't start counting absentee ballots this year until a week after Election Day. And that could mean a long wait for final results, since people are voting absentee in huge numbers because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And early voting trends suggest Republicans are likely to perform better in early counts, while Democrats could catch up later,   A labeling mistake has led the FDA to order the recall of more than two tons of packaged halibut filets produced by a subsidiary of Sealaska, the Juneau-based Alaska Native regional corporation,  The federal government has withdrawn an appeal of a court ruling stopping one of the largest old-growth timber sales in Alaska's Tongass National Forest. 

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Newscast – Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

Alaska's Department of Health and Social Services reported another 348 new coronavirus infections today, A new community radio station is being developed in the Southeast Alaska village of Klukwan,  Health care and personal wealth came up again and again during a debate between Republican Senator Dan Sullivan and his Independent challenger Al Gross,  Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced this weekend that she will vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court,  A former teacher at a school in the village of Nuiqsut is suing the North Slope Borough School District, claiming the city did not properly address racist actions by students,  Eight little Kodiak piggies escaped and went on a walkabout through town, spawning a cuteness overload.

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Newscast – Friday, Oct. 23, 2020

Scientists believe a massive glacial dam release recently occurred in Southeast Alaska. But, they probably would not have known about it if an observant local fisherman hadn't tipped them off,  In the past week, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has announced more than 180 new cases of COVID-19 in Chevak, seemingly out of nowhere. How did such a large outbreak develop, and what's being done in response?   Independent U.S. House candidate Alyse Galvin took some swipes at Republican Congressman Don Young at Debate for the State on Thursday. That debate continues Friday evening with candidates for the U.s. Senate: the Republican incumbent Dan Sullivan and independent Al Gross, running as the Democratic nominee. 

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Newscast – Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020

In this newscast: While the Juneau School District board celebrated its newly elected member Martin Stepetin yesterday, the district continues to face the tough challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic; Juneau Democrat Andi Story is facing a challenger for her seat representing the Mendenhall Valley in the Alaska House of Representatives; City staff say skateboarders are causing problems on Juneau's downtown docks; The grocer Alaska Commercial Company, also known as AC, has been fined more than $20,000 by the federal Department of Labor for child labor violations. 

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Newscast – Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

In this newscast: Final results are in for Juneau’s local election. The Canvass Review Board met Tuesday to certify the Oct. 6 election results; Correction: A story aired on yesterday's news update erroneously defined what state right of way is; This year, the Alaska Day organizing committee canceled the parade and other public events because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the growing effort to re-brand the holiday “Reconciliation Day” continued; Rural Alaska tribes are working to get more funding for law enforcement for communities that have few, or no, public safety officers; Juneau residents may see displays of the aurora borealis because of the sun's activity and rare clear skies in Southeast. 

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Newscast – Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

In this newscast: Polls opened Monday for early in-person voting in Anchorage and across the state; The Division of Elections reported that 3,726 votes were cast on Monday; Earlier this month Ricky Diesing of Juneau noticed to big campaign signs in front of his house had disappeared; Alaskans across the state woke up this morning to a strange threatening email telling them how to vote; The National Tsunami Warning Center has lifted a tsunami advisory after a reported 7.5 magnitude earthquake off the Alaska Peninsula on Monday. 

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