Claire Stremple, KTOO - Juneau

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A man stands next to a large section of a tree

Naturalists reveal history of centuries-old spruce that fell during Juneau landslide

The landslide was over in a few seconds, but when Juneau naturalist Steve Merli looked at a slice of the tree — called a cookie — he saw a much longer story.
two Lions Club volunteers

Juneau’s volunteer workforce not immune to lingering pandemic effects

Some Juneau nonprofits have struggled to find volunteers over the last year. It’s a serious problem for organizations that rely on unpaid staff.
Helping Hands volunteers

One of Juneau’s oldest food pantries will close this month

Helping Hands is a nonprofit that’s been around for almost four decades. But now it doesn’t have enough cash — or volunteers — to stay open.
seal pups

Seal hunting regulations on St. Paul Island show a new path for federal marine mammal protection

A partnership between federal scientists and St. Paul Island tribes might guide Alaska’s marine mammals – and those who depend on them – through climate shifts.
Bethel nursing students

In Bethel, a homegrown solution to the state’s nursing shortage

Alaska-trained nurses who intend to work in the state, already filling health roles in Bethel, could help address the state's dire need for nurses.
voting booths at a high school

Bethel students will name a local park as part of a city-wide civics lesson

Bethel students will learn results Monday of their votes on a sign that will mark a local playground — part of a city-wide effort to raise community-minded citizens.
Juneau's Mill campground

Juneau’s city-run homeless camp closed for winter, but the warming shelter isn’t open yet

Juneau's Glory Hall homeless shelter is bracing for an influx of people from the Mill Campground for the homeless, which closed for the season Saturday.
a wrecked Juneau home

So your Juneau home got wrecked in a disaster. What happens next?

As a community, Juneau hasn’t made a plan for how the local government should be involved after a landslide destroys a home or a neighborhood.
Juneau flooding

Northern Alaska Panhandle under flood watch into weekend

Sitka, Yakutat, Gustavus, Hoonah, Juneau, Haines and Skagway all fall in a flood watch zone starting Wednesday, which may see 5 inches of rain and 50-mph winds.
A group of preschoolers sits in a circle singing Alutiiq songs.

A new generation of Alutiiq speakers fight language loss in Kodiak

Half of the people whose first language is Kodiak Alutiiq have died over the last few years. But that’s not stopping new speakers from learning Alutiiq and passing along a distinct culture and worldview to the next generations.
two people washing dishes

At the language house in Kodiak, new learners keep the Alutiiq language alive

At the S’unaq Tribe’s language house, everything is a lesson — catching up on gossip, making a grocery list or washing the dishes.
a nurse leaving a triage tent

Lack of data blunted Alaska’s COVID response, New York Times investigation shows

The New York Times reporter Sharon LaFraniere, who traveled to Alaska to cover data shortfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic, says the state's problems weren’t unusual.
gray sand underwater

An ancient discovery in Southeast Alaska could help pinpoint how and when the first humans got here

And scientists say it may support the theory that the Pacific coast was first settled by people traveling along the shoreline, living off the sea.
juneau's brotherhood bridge trail

Juneau police investigating death of woman found on trail as a homicide

A Juneau woman was found dead on a popular Mendenhall Valley trail on Wednesday. Police are investigating Faith Rogers’ death as a homicide.
a choose respect rally

Alaska has the highest rate of women killed by men in the nation for the 7th year in a row

Alaska has been first or second among U.S. states in rates of women killed by men for a decade, according to the nonprofit Violence Policy Center.
branches piled up on the beach to prevent further damage from flooding.

‘Our lives are at stake’: Shaktoolik residents seek aid to rebuild berm lost in storm

People in Shaktoolik are back in their homes after many evacuated to the school when the remnants of Typhoon Merbok hit Western Alaska over the weekend. But the storm washed away the berm that protects the village...
a remote court hearing

Former top-level employee at Juneau hospital charged with making fraudulent travel claims and online purchases

Court documents detail two felonies: the first involving more than $25,000 in travel-related reimbursements, the second for more than $25,000 in Amazon purchases. 
the juneau waterfront

Norwegian Cruise Line is giving a Juneau waterfront parcel to Huna Totem after buying it for $20M

Huna Totem plans to work with Juneau-based Goldbelt and other Alaska Native corporations to complete the project.
view of a mountainside of a docked cruise ship

Rockslides are battering a Skagway cruise ship dock and crushing the town’s economy

Skagway’s mayor says the city needs to do something about the slides so it can get back to the full load of cruise ships its economy depends on. And that needs to happen fast.
the dock of a cruise ship, with mountains across the water

Kicked off their cruises, COVID-positive tourists are going home on Alaska flights and ferries

COVID-positive travelers say Holland America helped them book travel on a state ferry and then an Alaska Airlines flight out of Juneau one day after their positive tests.