KTOO News Update

KTOO News Update

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


Newscast — Thursday, April 15, 2021

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.

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Newscast — Wednesday, April 14, 2021

In this newscast: Genomic sequencing has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Juneau that was caused by a more contagious variant of the virus; The City and Borough of Juneau has agreed to pay $64,000 in fines to state environmental regulators for repeatedly discharging dirty water from its two main sewage treatment plants; Alaska’s congressional delegation is trying to salvage this year’s cruise-ship season by proceeding on two fronts: Getting the CDC to loosen up, and solving the Canada problem.

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Newscast — Tuesday, April 13, 2021

In this newscast: State health officials are asking Alaska vaccine providers to follow federal recommendations to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines while researchers figure out the clotting risk; Southeast Alaska leaders and residents last week testified for restoration of state funding cuts and in some cases additional state money to make up for a loss of federal funding; Some activists in Juneau filed paperwork on Monday that could lead to local ballot questions in the fall asking voters to limit cruise ships’ access to the capital city.

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Newscast — Friday, April 9, 2021

In this newscast: Juneau is getting a handful of responses from organizations to hold small, pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics; The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, says work will begin soon on a new office building and pier in Ketchikan; The process of earning a doctorate takes a lot of time and work -- and for one Inupiaq woman hearing the words doctor next to her name was pretty emotional.

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Newscast — Thursday, April 8, 2021

In this newscast: In a win for Alaska tribes, the Biden administration has cancelled the sale of a National Archives building in Seattle; Over a year after a Washington state-based conservation group filed suit in federal court to halt commercial fishing for king salmon in Alaska, the State of Alaska has decided to intervene in the case; A new daily airline connection between Juneau and Petersburg started up Monday; A bill advancing in the Legislature would rename a state council on Alaska Native languages and expand its membership.

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Newscast — Wednesday, April 7, 2021

In this newscast: The Alaska Supreme Court rules unconstitutional a 2005 law that diminished or impaired state employees' retirement benefits; In the roughly 100-person town of Tenakee Springs, the storm in December destroyed a bridge that provides vital access for a handful of residents; Members of the public who are barred from the state Capitol complex due to pandemic safety rules attended a social gathering with legislators in a complex building last week; Preliminary results show Assembly member Forrest Dunbar with a slight lead in the race for Anchorage mayor.

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Newscast — Tuesday, April 6, 2021

In this newscast: Federal public health authorities have taken a step towards allowing cruises to resume in U.S. waters but there’s still no clear timeline for cruises to resume in Alaska; How Alaska’s tribes spent their CARES Act funds last year and what about the mountain of new cash that’s coming at them soon; If you’re in Juneau and undecided about getting vaccinated against COVID-19, there’s now a cash incentive to get the jab.

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Newscast — Monday, April 5, 2021

In this newscast: A tribe in the Southeast community of Wrangell has been working to recycle electronics to reduce e-waste; The state of Alaska should be spending more on building maintenance for its K-12 schools, according to a recent study from the Institute of Social and Economic Research; Fan favorite snowmachine racer Mike Morgan of Anchorage added to his collection of wins this past weekend with his victory on the Archie Ferguson/Willie Goodwin memorial snowmachine race.

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