KTOO News Update

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


Newscast – Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

In this newscast: It’s back to school at Sayéik: Gastineau Community School in Douglas for a group of 18 students whose families chose to have their kids return to in-person classes; Yakutat’s police force has updated guidelines for how and when its officers use force; The MLK Free Legal Help Day event on Monday is organized for low or moderate-income Alaskans who can't afford to hire lawyers; The University of Alaska Board of Regents has extended the contract for its interim president.

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Newscast – Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021

In this newscast: Sen. Lisa Murkowski says President Trump acted unlawfully and the House was right to impeach him; Alaska lost a bit of its maritime history this week; COVID-19 has claimed the life an Angoon elder; Sealaska Corporation is getting out of the logging business after more than 40 years; Democratic lawmakers in Congress are trying to reinstate the Roadless Rule for Alaska's Tongass National Forest.

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Newscast – Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021

In this newscast: State lawmakers in Juneau and local law enforcement are preparing for the possibility of violence after the FBI warned of potential armed protests in each state capitol this coming Sunday; Alaska's largest Alaska Native organization is calling for President Donald Trump to resign; Just before Christmas, the Juneau Assembly discussed putting more money into two grant programs intended to pay people who are financially hurting because of the pandemic; The Juneau School Board is considering starting all of its meetings with an acknowledgment of local Alaska Native claims to their lands. 

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Newscast – Friday, Jan. 8, 2021

In this newscast: Juneau's COVID-19 response team hopes to bypass some of the problems people have had signing up for a vaccine by hosting its own local vaccine clinic next week; Washington state's attorney general and a legal coalition of 40 Tribes, states and community organizations filed a motion to block the sale of the National Archives building in Seattle; State Republican Rep. Lance Pruitt lost his legal challenge today in Alaska's Supreme Court; Federal and state entities signed a 50-year right of way permit for the controversial Ambler Road project on Wednesday; The first baby of 2021 born at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau came into the world at 7:50 on Tuesday morning. 

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Newscast – Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021

In this newscast: The appointment process to get vaccinated against COVID-19 opened up on Wednesday for Alaska's roughly 90,000 seniors, but it didn't go smoothly; A handful of protesters showed up at the state capitol building in Juneau on Wednesday morning,  but they didn't stay for long; The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska issued a statement condemning the extremist violence in Washington, DC.

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Newscast – Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021

In this newscast: An avalanche on Mt. Juneau Monday morning turned out to be harmless, but it could be a sign of more to come; Gov. Mike Dunleavy's emergency disaster declaration has been expanded to include relief for residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed; Getting the new COVID-19 vaccines to rural Alaska is no small logistical feat; More than two dozen Native American and Alaska Native tribes, along with Washington and Oregon, are suing the federal government to stop the sale of the National Archives building in Seattle.

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Newscast – Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020

In this newscast: Juneau is accepting applications for its Systemic Racism Review Committee to address longstanding issues related to race in the community; Around Christmas, there were reports of an earthquake and major mountain rockslide in the wilderness near Juneau; Anyone in the U.S. or Canada who pulled up a Google search on Wednesday would have a seen the homepage logo replaced with an illustration of Alaska civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich.

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