KTOO News Update

KTOO News Update

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

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Newscast – Friday, June 4, 2021

In this newscast: State transportation officials are beginning a new study and winding down another for two prominent road projects in Juneau; A group of Juneau residents who want to limit cruise ship traffic in town didn't get enough signatures to advance their proposed ballot initiatives; Last Friday, Juneau had its first women and trans skate event at the Pipeline; A critical lifeline for the Southeast hamlet of Meyers Chuck is sinking.

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Passengers wait aboard the Emerald Princess moored on the South Franklin Street Dock in Juneau on Wednesday, July 27, 2017. The FBI investigated an alleged murder after a Utah woman died the day before on the ship.

Newscast – Thursday, June 3, 2021

In this newscast: A Utah man was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for killing his wife while on an Alaska cruise; For months, officials with the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska followed along as the Juneau Assembly developed new restrictions on the use and sale of fireworks; The University of Alaska is launching a system-wide program geared toward retaining more Alaska Native students at the school and increasing the number of Alaska Native staff members.

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Newscast – Wednesday, June 2, 2021

In this newscast: A group of Juneau residents who want to limit cruise ship traffic in town didn't get enough signatures to advance their proposed ballot initiatives; Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Gustavus is poised for another lean year after half of its operating budget was erased by the pandemic's impact; For years, a small American flag was all that marked the grave of WWII soldier from Unalaska, George Fox; Authorities in Metlakatla reported the community's third COVID-19 related death on Tuesday evening.

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Newscast – Tuesday, June 1, 2021

In this newcast: Local rivers ran high and rainfall drenched Memorial Day cookout plans in Juneau over the long weekend; The Juneau Assembly got together in-person, mostly, for its regular meeting last week for the first time in over a year; 72-year-old Albert Kookesh was an Indigenous rights advocate, culture bearer, politician and basketball player; The Biden administration has suspended oil and gas leases in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and Recreation Area staff members pose for a photo.

Newscast – Friday, May 28, 2021

In this newscast: The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will open to the public on Tuesday, June 1; Over the weekend Juneau Drag performers hosted their first live show in 15 minutes; Like other events in the pandemic era, the Wearable Arts Extravaganza was virtual but that didn't keep the artists involved from having fun in 2021; A tall, thin man wearing a hood and mask was caught on a security camera plastering Nazi stickers on a Jewish museum in Anchorage.

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Newscast – Thursday, May 27, 2021

In this newscast: Independent travelers are showing up in force in Southcentral and local tour operators say those are the visitors they’re focusing on this year; Police and the FBI are investigating stickers that display swastikas and a threatening message that were put on windows and doors of an Anchorage gay bar and a Jewish history museum this week; The University of Alaska Anchorage is reopening its campuses this fall, including the Homer and Soldotna campuses of Kenai Peninsula College.

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Newscast – Wednesday, May 26, 2021

In this newscast: A bill protecting the graves of Unangax̂ people forced to live in internment camps in Funter Bay passed the Alaska Legislature on May 17 and now awaits Gov. Dunleavy’s signature; Three years ago, Alaska lawmakers passed a bill that established the maximum amount that could be sustainably spent from the Permanent Fund each year, now a new debate pits short-term needs against residents’ long-term interests; The Southeast Alaska community of Metlakatla is facing its worst COVID-19 outbreak to date.

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Newscast – Tuesday, May 25, 2021

In this newscast: Why some Juneau kids chose to get vaccinated against COVID-19; President Biden signed a bill Monday that will allow cruise ships to return to Southeast Alaska this summer; Alaska lawmakers sprinted to try to finish their work before the regular session’s constitutional deadline last week. But they failed to pass the budget by then, and now, their momentum seems to have stalled.

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The Holland America cruise ship Zaandam docked in Juneau on June 22, 2018. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)

Newscast – Monday, May 24, 2021

In this newscast: President Biden today signed a bill that will allow cruise ships to return to Southeast Alaska this summer; The leaders of Sealaska, the Native corporation for Southeast Alaska, are asking its shareholders to approve the creation of a type of tax shelter called a trust; After considering raising, then lowering the local property tax rate, the Juneau Assembly decided to keep it the same.

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Newscast – Friday, May 21, 2021

In this newscast:  A family member of the missing Geraldine "Gerry" Nelson says the 78-year-old woman has been found,  the special legislative session begins in Juneau,  about 1 in every 10 Alaskans were in a household that applied for a massive pandemic rent relief program,  the Rasmuson Foundation names Juneau writer Ernestine Hayes its 2021 Distinguished Artist, and  YouTuber NuttyNu gains a following showing the grittier side of Anchorage. 

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