Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO - Juneau

Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO - Juneau
Jeremy Hsieh is the deputy managing editor of the KTOO newsroom in Juneau. He’s a podcast fiend who’s worked in journalism since high school as a reporter, editor and television producer. He ran Gavel Alaska for 360 North from 2011 to 2016, and is big on experimenting with novel tools and mediums (including the occasional animated gif) to tell stories and demystify the news. Jeremy’s an East Coast transplant who moved to Juneau in 2008.
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Biden administration’s shift to equity over speed could bring more clarity to Alaska vaccine response

Two weeks into the Biden administration, the emphasis has shifted to equity instead of speed.
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DMV’s automated screening for ‘vulgar, violent, criminal and demeaning’ plates didn’t catch Nazi terms

The state commissioner who oversees the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles said Friday she has finished a review of how personalized license plates with Nazi references became street legal.
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How did Nazi references get on Alaska license plates?

Within a few days, Alaska officials expect to share more about how the Division of Motor Vehicles managed to issue a pair of personalized license plates referencing Nazi Germany.
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Why Alaska has the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate of all 50 states

Part of the reason is that Alaska is getting more doses of the vaccine because of additional allotments for the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service.
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1,100 appointments for Juneau’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic got booked in 25 minutes

All 1,100 appointments for this weekend’s mass COVID-19 vaccination event in Juneau are booked.
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Why aren’t more Alaska health care providers ready to vaccinate against COVID-19?

Clinics that wish to participate in the vaccination program face a slew of requirements, and don't get much in return.
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An ‘imperfect system’: Getting Alaska’s seniors signed up for the COVID-19 vaccine is not going smoothly

State health officials are finding much more demand for vaccinations than there are appointment slots.
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Second COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use arrives in Alaska

State health officials said some 26,800 doses of a second new COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Alaska on Monday.
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Wrongful death lawsuit against Juneau police officer in fatal shooting dropped

Filings in the U.S. District Court of Alaska say both sides agreed last week to drop the case. The parties also agreed that this is the end of the federal case.
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Impounded campaign signs highlight new interpretation of Alaska’s old billboard law

The Department of Transportation is enforcing a state law that forbids posting most signs in its right of way along state roads.
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Why some people appear to vote twice in Alaska’s election data

A "data hobbyist" says he found scores of examples of people voting more than once. But the Division of Elections says none of those votes were counted.
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After 9 people are infected, Juneau urges all bar-goers to get tested

Juneau officials say that anyone who has been in any Juneau bar over the last week should get tested for COVID-19.
Two boys play with toys on a table at a home. One boy is weraing a blue train shirt and is giving a thumbs up.

Policymakers at a loss for child care solutions as Juneau schools start remote

When the Juneau school district recently surveyed parents with school children, more than a third said they’re likely or highly likely to leave their kids home alone.

Family’s lawyers claim recording shows Juneau officer planned fatal shooting

Attorneys for the family of a man fatally shot by a Juneau police officer last December are highlighting audio of the officer talking to himself before the shooting. The attorneys argue that what the officer says shows the officer’s state of mind and indicates that killing Kelly Stephens was planned.
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Juneau officials move toward more predictable COVID-19 response

Basically, the idea is when conditions worsen, restrictions would automatically tighten. When conditions improve, restrictions would automatically relax.
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Juneau’s school year to start with no in-person classes

The Juneau School District will begin on Aug. 24 with no in-person instruction. Juneau School District Superintendent Bridget Weiss announced the decision on Tuesday to start entirely with distance learning. Weiss said if public health...

What does this Juneau “poop pumping” sign even mean?

The answer involves heavy duty bags and helicopters.
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Juneau Assembly considers systemic racism review committee

The assemblymember who introduced the ordinance says he envisions a panel of experts in social justice.

No cruise ship of tourists, no tourism, right? Not quite.

While it's scaled down, business owners are still finding tourists to serve - just not the same hoards of cruise ship passengers.

Why Alaska’s COVID-19 airport screening lines might be skipped or unstaffed

A nurse consultant with the Division of Public Health says that testers will often leave their posts if there are no out-of-state flights scheduled to arrive.