KTOO News Update

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


Newscast – Friday, September 4, 2020

In this newscast: The declining price of oil and the COVID-19 pandemic has some oyster farmers worried about the future; Capital City Fire and Rescue recently refurbished one of its ambulances and the ambulance serves a second purpose as a piece of public art; Alaska's Supreme Court has blocked the state's plan to borrow money to pay off hundreds of millions in debt to oil and gas companies; A federal judge has denied a request seeking to have Alaska election officials send absentee ballot applications to all registered voters in the state; The U.S. Forest Service has issued a deadline to the operator of an Alaska island boat shop to tear down the historic complex and leave but the owner says the agency's demands are unrealistic.

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Newscast – Thursday, September 3, 2020

In this newscast: A group that wants to save a neglected site where the Alaska territorial flag was designed, sewn and first flown sued this week; Alaska's job losses weren't as steep as the national average but the state's recovery is lagging behind nearly every other state; For many Alaska communities, the early end of the 2020 census means committees have to work harder to count everyone; Some University of Alaska students have called for the resignation of the student regent following a lengthy email; Juneau's belated Pride celebration wasn't complete with its annual Glitz drag show which was held outdoors for the first time.

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Newscast – Wednesday, September 2, 2020

In this newscast: Civil rights groups are asking Alaska's lieutenant governor not to enforce the requirement that voters get a witness to sign the envelope of their mail-in ballots; Seafood companies bring thousands of seasonal workers to Alaska's fishing towns every year, but this year's summer workers were largely unseen; A company operating one of the world's largest zinc mines in Alaska says thawing permafrost linked to global warming has forced an expenditure of $20 million; Documents provided to The Associated Press show the Trump administration is seeking to fast-track environmental reviews of dozens of major energy and infrastructure projects.

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Newscast – Tuesday, September 1, 2020

In this newscast: Juneau School District officials say they have about 10 percent fewer students than they forecast in the spring; Since the pandemic hit, the number of people choosing to fly has tanked, but in Alaska that's often not an option; Some Southeast Alaska towns are setting rain records this summer; The Anchorage Assembly says it will reopen meetings for in-person participation by members of the public.

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Newscast – Monday, August 31, 2020

In this newscast: Construction on a new bike track in Juneau's Cope Park will begin as soon as the weather allows; When a child needed to be medevaced to Anchorage, residents in the Southwest Alaska village of Igiugig came together to light the airport's runway; Juneau's Augustus Brown Pool in downtown reopens on September 8 with limited capacity; Restaurants and bars in Anchorage reopen today for dine-in service with multiple restrictions; Administrators say student athletes at UA Fairbanks are in quarantine after players on the hockey team tested positive for COVID-19.

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Newscast – Friday, August 28, 2020

In this newscast: After the first week of school in Juneau, families are reporting highs and lows with the all-distance learning start of the year; People in Juneau -- and around the country -- say they're getting mysterious packages in the mail from overseas; The Bering Sea pollock fishing fleet was going about its business Wednesday afternoon when it encountered a flotilla of Russian military ships.

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Newscast – Thursday, August 27, 2020

In this newscast: The City and Borough of Juneau says it's not going to change its testing strategy to match new guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Indigenous leaders are creating mockups of Vogue covers to share on social media to raise awareness for policy changes to the Roadless Rule in the Tongass National Forest; A local COVID-19 testing program aims to identify and isolate any positive cases for residents and seasonal workers in Petersburg. 

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Newscast – Tuesday, August 25, 2020

In this newscast: Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson has resigned after a series of texts with a younger state worker became public; The Juneau Assembly passed an ordinance last night creating a systemic racism review committee; Efforts to relocate Juneau's shelter for homeless residents has seen pushback from other residents; The Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska received a $150,000 investment from the federal government this week; The group tasked by Gov. Mike Dunleavy to plot the course of Alaska's ferry system is holding two rounds of public comments on the future of the fleet.

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Newscast – Monday, August 24, 2020

In this newscast: School starts today in Juneau and classes will remain virtual for the time being; There was another glacial dam release that dumped a lot of water into Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River over the weekend; Tlingit master carver Tommy Joseph's latest project is a reproduction of the Waasgo Pole for the Sitka National Historic Park; Environmental groups have wasted no time challenging the Trump administration's attempt to allow oil and gas drilling in an Alaska refuge.

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Newscast – Friday, August 21, 2020

In this newscast: Alaska tribal governments and organizations are asking the State of Alaska to withdraw a lawsuit filed recently in federal court, calling it "disgraceful" and "racist"; Alaska's Ballot Measure 1, which seeks to increase the production tax on Alaska's 3 biggest oil fields is shaping up to be a big fight; Postmaster General Louis Dejoy says he's considering cutting Alaska's bypass mail program to save money; There are conflicting accounts over how many people were exposed to COVID-19 at the Juneau airport in early August.

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