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In Juneau, quirky people, untold stories and little mysteries are as abundant as the rain. For the things about Juneau you can’t Google, why not work with a KTOO reporter to satisfy your curiosity? Curious Juneau is a recurring news feature driven by questions and reporting from our audience, starring you and your questions.
 
Alaskans love their permanent fund dividends. But for the last three years the amount of the PFD was reduced in order to help balance the budget. Now, the new governor has promised to pay Alaskans for the difference, and make sure that each and every one of us gets thousands of dollars more this year. But the state also has a $1.5 billion dollar deficit. How can lawmakers make the payments and balance the budget? The new podcast, Paying Dividends, will follow along with the legislative sessi ...
 
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In this newscast: The Alaska Senate passed the state budget today, but motion for $1,100 PFD fails Sen. Lisa Murkowski got tough with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland After a late and virtual celebration last year, Juneau Pride is back A COVID-19 outbreak in Yukon Territory is impacting residents in Skagway https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2…
 
In this newscast: Former Juneau-area chiropractor accused of sexually abusing patients Legislative compromise sets the PFD at $1,100 Supplemental unemployment insurance ends this week A vigil in Fairbanks to mourn and raise awareness about historic abuse and neglect of Native children at residential schools https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads…
 
https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/061121-News-Update.mp3 In this newscast: The Biden administration announced Friday intentions to reinstate protections for Tongass National Forest. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve broke ground last week on a $6.5 million dollar project to connect the park to renewable hydroelectric power by t…
 
https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/61021-News-Update.mp3 In this newscast: The City and Borough of Juneau announced two closures at a popular hiking spot next week to clear up rockslide debris in the area. A section of land along the Lemon Creek side of Thunder Mountain in Juneau has been identified as a potential landslide hazard. T…
 
https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/060921-News-Update.mp3 In this newscast: Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy signed a bill into law protecting an Unangax cemetery in Funter Bay on Tuesday at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. This weekend, Sitkans gathered in memory of the 215 Indigenous children whose remains were discovered last week on …
 
https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/060821-News-Update.mp3 In this newscast: The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska launched a community and behavioral health division this spring. As summer fishing seasons gear up and get started, Wrangell community groups gathered at the Wrangell Mariners’ Memorial to w…
 
https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/060721-News-Update.mp3 In this newscast: There have been scattered reports and a few pictures of Juneau black bears recently popping up on social media. Alaska’s tourism businesses were girding for another tough summer — until the successful rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. A Florida lawsuit is chal…
 
https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/060421-News-Update.mp3 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 ballo…
 
https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/060321-News-Update.mp3 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…
 
https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/060221-News-Update.mp3 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…
 
https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/060121-News-Update.mp3 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 I…
 
https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/052821-News-Update.mp3 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 di…
 
https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/20210527-News-Update.mp3 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 …
 
https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/20210526-News-Update.mp3 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 a…
 
https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/20210525-News-Update.mp3 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 con…
 
https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/052421-News-Update.mp3 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 call…
 
https://media.ktoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/ktoo-update-2021-05-21.mp3 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, …
 
https://media.ktoo.org/2019/05/28GOLDDREDGE-CJ-NPR1.mp3 It’s after work, and the summer sun and the tide are out at John Wright’s go-to fishing spot in Juneau: the wide, sandy beach where Sheep Creek meets Gastineau Channel. “I’ve been fly fishing in Alaska — Juneau specifically — for seven years. I’ve been fly fishing for 20 years. I’m 32, so that…
 
Gov. Mike Dunleavy's austerity budget isn't going over smoothly in the legislature. Now, he's taking his fiscal plan on the road with stops in communities from Nome to Fairbanks to Kenai. Members of the state House have also been talking about the budget in towns across Alaska. So, as Alaskans got up close and personal with their elected representa…
 
Even in the middle of the workday on Tuesday, there’s steady traffic at Costco in Juneau. The city assessor’s records put its total square footage at 76,696. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)https://media.ktoo.org/2019/03/28COSTCO-CJ.mp3 The other day, Phil Fleming was loading up a car in the parking lot of the Costco in Juneau. He said a salty version …
 
The alder trees — and the peace sign among them — at the end of Commercial Boulevard in Juneau are about 10 years old, pictured here on Jan. 8, 2019. The Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership and local chapter of Veterans for Peace got an OK from a Juneau Assembly committee on Monday to prune the overgrowth and plant spruce seedlings in the peace sign’…
 
Along with the Gov. Mike Dunleavy's proposed spending cuts come job losses. Depending on which economist you ask, the state could lose anywhere from 600 government jobs to at least 12,000 jobs in fields like education and healthcare. But Dunleavy is also proposing to inject almost $2 billion dollars back into the state's economy through a larger PF…
 
Norah Jones performs on tour in 2010 promoting her album “The Fall.” (Creative Commons photo cropped from original by youngrobv) Juneau mom Mara Jennings said she was over the moon when she found out Norah Jones was playing a concert in Juneau. Over the years, she’s sung the nine-time Grammy Award winner’s songs like lullabies to her kids at night.…
 
Alaska’s new governor promised to pay dividends of more than $6,000 when he was running for office. But delivering on that promise isn’t going to be simple. It might not even be possible, because the legislature that holds the permanent fund’s purse strings. What do lawmakers think about Dunleavy’s promise? Will they work with him or against him to…
 
The alder trees — and the peace sign among them — at the end of Commercial Boulevard in Juneau are about 10 years old, pictured here on Jan. 8, 2019. The slope was cut and stabilized as part of the construction of the Home Depot. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO) https://media.ktoo.org/2019/01/11PEACE.mp3 Have your own Curious Juneau question? Submit it…
 
Have your own Curious Juneau question? Submit it, subscribe to Curious Juneau podcast and catch up on past curiosities on the Curious Juneau page. https://media.ktoo.org/2018/10/30CJBELLS.mp3 As recently as 2009, clock bells marked a specific location in Juneau. That year, former KTOO reporter Casey Kelly began a story like this: “As the clock chim…
 
The famous gun as seen on Aug. 13, 2018 — more than a century after famous gunslinger Wyatt Earp is reputed to have left it behind on his way to Nome. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/CoastAlaska) Juneau’s Red Dog Saloon claims it has a pistol that belonged to one of history’s most notorious gunslingers. But does the bar’s story check out? Wyatt Earp was am…
 
“Barefoot Guy” Ezra Strong looks out on Dredge Lake during a hike. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO) Xtratufs, Bogs, Muck Boots — comfortable, waterproof footwear is pretty much a necessity here in Juneau. But not for the local some know as “the barefoot guy.” Curious Juneau stars you and your questions. Every episode we help you find an answer. Catch …
 
A cold weather phenomenon known as the Taku winds causes white caps and water to mist into the air Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, on the Gastineau Channel as seen from U.S. Coast Guard Station Juneau. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO) John Hollis began serving in the Coast Guard in 1974. He transferred to Juneau three years later for a 13-month stint in public…
 
A doll display at Aunt Claudia’s Dolls museum in downtown Juneau. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO) Kerri Tanner has lived in Juneau for six years — but there’s one place she’s never been, and she has lots of questions: Curious Juneau stars you and your questions. Every episode we help you find an answer. Catch up on past episodes, or ask your own que…
 
Bronze pelicans dive bomb the concrete behind a bus stop near the Federal Building in Juneau on Thursday. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO) At the corner of Ninth Street and Glacier Avenue in downtown Juneau, there’s a 16-foot column of bronze. Closer up, you can see the bronze was sculpted into nine individual pelicans, oriented so they appear to be …
 
Douglas resident Mark Calvert wants to know what the concrete blocks in the Lemon Creek area were for. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO) Tall tales abound about the mysterious blocks near Lemon Creek: Ancient monoliths, hatches for alien spacecraft, White Alice — even cow graves. But nothing really, so to speak, concrete. Curious Juneau stars you and …
 
(Video still by David Purdy/KTOO) Curious Juneau stars you and your questions. Every episode we help you find an answer. Catch up on past episodes, or ask your own question on the Curious Juneau page. https://media.ktoo.org/2018/01/180103CJ-TUNNEL.mp3 Ever notice a set of doors on either side of Juneau’s Telephone Hill? There’s one next to the Stat…
 
The ice cracks under my feet, and I realize that is probably one of the scariest sounds in the whole world. I’m on thin ice, really. I’m gingerly stepping along the edge of pond ice just off the Herbert Glacier trail. Big mistake. I can’t tell what’s ice and what’s firm ground until I step on it. It’s November, just after the first big freeze and s…
 
The statue of Patsy Ann, once Juneau’s official greeter, watches downtown Juneau’s waterfront in December 2017. The Friends of Patsy Ann commissioned the famous bull terrier’s statue, which was presented in July 1992. (Photo by Julia Caulfield/KTOO) Brooks Pinney, 7, and his 4-year-old brother Bridger love learning about the bull terrier Patsy Ann.…
 
Statistics for 2011 to 2014 are from a 2016 Juneau Police Department annual report. Statistics for 2015 to 2017 were provided directly by JPD. Cases are cleared when there’s an arrest in the case. (Graphic by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)https://media.ktoo.org/2017/12/05CJCARTHEFT.mp3 Juneau isn’t on the road system, yet car thefts in the de facto island ci…
 
Two Quonset huts on Atlin Drive are among the last remnants of World War II in Juneau. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO) Two Quonset huts at the corner of Mendenhall Loop Road and Atlin Drive are among the last remnants of Juneau’s history during World War II. Skip Gray, a crew chief for Gavel Alaska, asked about the huts’ history for this edition …
 
The Juneau Courthouse on April 29, 1922. In Alaska’s territorial days, Juneau was the site of three legal executions. Seven years after the last man was hung, the territory banned capital punishment. (Photo used with permission from Alaska State Library Photo Collection, P01-1073) A man accused of murdering his wife aboard a cruise ship in Southeas…
 
Headline and excerpt of Jan. 23, 1909, article in Alaska Weekly Transcript. Many people are familiar with the story of Robert Stroud, one of the country’s most famous inmates of the last century, and how he spent over half his life in solitary confinement and gained fame for his careful study of birds and bird diseases. But many people probably don…
 
On a clear, sunny day, a boat makes down the Gastineau Channel way on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)https://media.ktoo.org/2017/07/170721DREDGING-CJ-podcast-mix.mp3 For most mariners Gastineau Channel is a cul-de-sac. Vessels coming into Juneau almost always have to exit the way they ca…
 
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