Bridget Dowd, KTOO - Juneau

Bridget Dowd, KTOO - Juneau

What happened to Juneau’s Taco Bell?

In the late ’90s Juneau had two Taco Bells. But by the early 2000s they were both gone.
A woman stands in front of a school

Juneau’s Riverbend Elementary could soon be called Kax̱digoowu Héen

Kax̱digoowu Héen translates to “going back to clear water.”
Two people stand together with face masks on

Masks are now optional in Juneau schools, but some students and staff choose to keep them on

Masks are expected to remain optional in Juneau schools as long as the community is at a medium or low risk level.
Slushy and watery roads near a gas station.

Forecasters warn of flooding and avalanches in Juneau as atmospheric river passes over Southeast Alaska

The heavy rain on top of new snow in higher elevations is also raising concerns about potential avalanches.
A whale tale near a boat.

Coming soon: Everything you wanted to know about Juneau’s most popular humpbacks

“The goal of the project is basically to make a mini catalog,” says a Juneau a local whale watching guide. “[We want] to take that well over 100 whales and shrink it down to about the 20 most commonly sighted whales in Juneau.”
People look at art on the wall.

Juneau museum features pandemic artwork by local nonverbal painter

A new exhibit at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum features paintings created by local artist Avery Skaggs. Skaggs is in a wheelchair and is non-verbal, but expresses himself through art.
A woman in a dress and face masks paints a black and white piece of art.

With reading and writing close behind, Juneau’s school board approves spoken Lingít teaching standards

These are the first oral narrative standards developed for the Lingít language to be taught to school children.
A man sits on a bench with a cane

New program funds veterans-choice caretakers in Alaska ‘they can hire and fire and train whoever they’d like’

Interested veterans need to enroll in VA Health Care and meet the criteria for nursing-home level care. Then the VA will give them a monthly budget. 

Juneau brings back penalty for violating COVID safety rules

The Juneau Assembly approved the use of a $25 fine for those who don't follow COVID-19 safety measures.

55 Lemon Creek inmates have tested positive for COVID in the last month

At the start of this week, Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau was housing 41 COVID-positive inmates. It’s not clear how many staff members have tested positive.

Juneau nonprofit hands out yard signs with positive messages to comfort the community

Juneau resident Melissa McCormick s distributing yard signs all over the community with phrases including "You matter" and "Don't give up." She hopes they remind people that they're not alone.

Sculpins with eggs on their heads: A sea creature mystery is afoot on Juneau’s sandy beaches

Strolling along one of Juneau’s sandy beaches, you might see footprints, remnants of bonfires, or a variety of birds. But what about what’s underneath the sand?
A group of children play in puddles.

Masks will be required inside Juneau schools when classes begin next week

The Anchorage School District is also requiring everyone in school building to wear face masks when classes start next week.
A cruise ship at a dock on an overcast day.

‘It’s been a long two years’: First large cruise ship since 2019 docks in Juneau

Juneau residents have mixed feelings about the ship’s arrival amid an uptick an COVID-19 cases, but for the most part, the feeling at the dock and inside downtown businesses on Friday was one of hope.