Jennifer Pemberton, Alaska's Energy Desk - Juneau
Slow start to cruise season is even slower for Juneau Filipino businesses
Last year, COVID-19 restrictions meant that cruise ship workers more often than not couldn’t get off the ships in port at all, so businesses in Juneau that cater to crew members, did practically zero business.
It’s not a typo: Why we are using ‘Lingít’ instead of ‘Tlingit’
"We use Lingít words to convey respect for the people whose homelands we live and work on."
Juneau artist’s Lingít “Raven Story” postage stamp enters circulation
A ceremony in Juneau celebrated the first stamp ever designed by a Lingít artist and the importance of the design and its story to the people who live in Lingít Aaní today.
Juneau’s avalanche history is locked up in the region’s trees
The avalanche path itself doesn’t have trees, just a tangle of alder and other bright green spring bushes. But there are trees along its edge, and Erich Peitzsch with the U.S. Geological Survey is visiting from Montana to collect data from those trees.
Officials call off search for 2 Haines residents missing in landslide
The decision to suspend the search for David Simmons and Janae Larson is due to bad weather and unstable ground.
Landslides and rising water across Southeast as rain breaks records and keeps falling
High winds, flooding and landslides caused moderate to severe damage in communities across Southeast Alaska Wednesday, as an atmospheric river stalled over the region and brought record-breaking rain.
Another record-breaking day for COVID-19 in Alaska: 745 new infections reported Saturday
Hospitals across the state all expressed concern about the state’s health care system’s ability to handle the skyrocketing number of COVID-19 cases.
Uncruise says Wilderness Adventurer did not have COVID-19 on board after all
The passenger who tested positive for coronavirus aboard the only cruise ship to sail in Alaska during the pandemic does not have COVID-19, according to the ship’s operator.
Everyone got tested, but Alaska’s only cruise this year still came back with COVID-19 on board
According to Uncruise CEO Dan Blanchard, all passengers were required to get tested for COVID-19 up to five days before traveling to Alaska and boarding the boat.
First cruise ship to sail during pandemic turned back to Juneau with COVID-19 case
The first and only cruise ship to sail in Southeast Alaska during the pandemic reported a positive case of COVID-19 on board Tuesday.
The first Alaska cruise of the COVID-19 pandemic is underway
The line that's running the ship is called - ironically - UnCruise.
Residents urged to prepare as glacial dam release prompts flood warning in Juneau
Glacial dam releases — known as a jökulhlaups — have become annual events in Juneau in recent years due to warming temperatures and the retreat of the Mendenhall Glacier. The latest one has prompted a flood warning for the Mendenhall Lake and River.
Alaska sees largest single day spike in COVID-19 cases
According to a press release from the Department of Health and Social Services, the new cases were discovered in eight communities: 12 in Anchorage, four in Wasilla, three in Eagle River, three in Kenai, two in Homer and one each in Soldotna, the Kenai Peninsula Borough and Anchor Point.
In Kaktovik, sea ice loss means a boom in polar bear tourism
That’s when outsiders started showing up in Kaktovik: tourists, who wanted to see polar bears before they went extinct.
The Visitors | The Big Thaw: Ep. 4
As polar bears lose their habitat in the Arctic, they have no choice but to come to shore and try to live part of their lives on land.
Winter rain is compromising baby muskoxen in western Alaska
A new paper shows how warmer ocean temperatures are impacting animals on land in addition to those that depend on sea ice. Listen now
Scientists propose plan to help refreeze melting Arctic
The Arctic could see its first ice-free summer as soon as 2030 as the region continues to warm faster than the rest of the planet. Some scientists think we’ve reached a point of no return, where no amount of reducing carbon emissions will save the Arctic, and a small group of scientists think it’s time for an intervention to help Mother Nature out. Listen now
Seeing the value of the forest in the trees: Chugach enters California’s carbon market
Instead of harvesting their forests for timber, the Chugach Alaska Corporation is selling an innovative new forest product: the carbon stored in the trees. Listen now
The lure of John McPhee’s “Coming into the Country,” 40 years later
“Coming into the Country,” John McPhee’s book about Alaska, was published in 1977, introducing readers across the country to a wild place, less than 20 years into its statehood. The book quickly became a best-seller and is still popular with tourists and Alaska residents alike. Listen now
49 Voices: John Borg of Eagle
This week on 49 Voices, we're doing something a little different. John Borg was the mayor and postmaster of Eagle, Alaska, in 1976 when author John McPhee came through to research for his best-selling book Coming into the Country. For 40 years now, readers come into Eagle every summer asking about the characters they met in the book. John Borg shared his thoughts with Alaska’s Energy Desk about what it’s like to host these literary tourists. Listen now