Lakeidra Chavis, KTOO - Juneau

Lakeidra Chavis, KTOO - Juneau

AK: Everyone is family at Gerry’s Barbershop

Gerry’s Barbershop has been around for nearly three decades in Juneau. Listen Now

Amid audit and a case backlog, state Human Rights Commission tries to move forward

ASCHR is the state’s anti-discrimination agency. In 2011, a legislative audit found that the agency wasn’t doing its job. But amid complaints to the governor’s office and a new director with no legal experience, the commission is trying to move forward. Listen Now

More than a decade later, one man’s discrimination case is still in limbo

On average, an investigation into a discrimination case in Alaska may take a year or two, according to the agencies that handle them. But for one Chugiak man it’s taken more than a decade. Listen Now

Absentee and early voting opens for general election

Absentee and early in-person voting is now open in Alaska for the Nov. 8 general election. There are two locations open in Anchorage. Listen Now

Alaska ranks high nationally for nursing homes deficiencies, but why?

So far this year, 10 nursing homes in Alaska have been cited more than 100 times for health or safety shortfalls, according to state and federal inspection reports. Listen Now

With assembly approval, Central Council expands plans for 3-acre Immersion Park

The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has a new target date for opening its cultural immersion park at the old Thane Ore House. Listen Now

Licensed child care availability up 21% in Juneau

Licensed child care availability is up 21 percent in Juneau compared with last year, according to a local organization. Listen now

Implementing a philosophy: As Juneau tackles crime bill, lots of questions left unanswered

Earlier this year, the state passed Senate Bill 91, a reform of Alaska’s criminal justice system. Its proponents hope it will reduce recidivism and the likelihood of repeat offenders. But as the bill’s effects trickle down to local governments, Juneau city officials are realizing there are a lot of questions left unanswered.

Want to learn Tlingit? There’s a new app for that.

Want to learn Tlingit? Sealaska Heritage Institute recently released two apps for just that. Listen now

Grounded by fog, would-be travelers watch Huna Tribal House festivities from afar

Hundreds of people gathered Thursday at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to celebrate the opening of a newly completed Huna Tribal House and the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. Listen now

Juneau Assembly passes long-awaited equal rights ordinance

More than 70 people crowded into the Juneau assembly chambers Monday in support of an equal rights ordinance. With an 8-1 vote, the Juneau Assembly adopted the ordinance. Listen now

Decade-old efforts to modify West Glacier Trail enters final phase

The U.S. Forest Service plans to expand parking, extend a trail and improve an outhouse near the West Glacier trailhead.

Seattle company seeks to build senior housing in Juneau

A Seattle-based company is one step closer to building a 49-unit senior housing facility in Juneau. If successful, it would cater to a region's housing market that's been historically difficult for everyone, especially Southeast's aging population. Listen now

Deer rescue operation occurs off Juneau’s Shelter Island

While passing the west side of Juneau's Shelter Island Wednesday, an 18-passenger tour vessel saw more than whales. Listen now

Eight tons of chum salmon destroyed after truck spill in Juneau

An estimated 16,000 to 18,000 pounds of chum salmon were destroyed after a truck overturned in downtown Juneau Monday afternoon. The spill blocked Egan Drive, a major roadway leading in and out of downtown. Listen now

Why Juneau’s rape stats tripled in one year

The number of reported rapes in Juneau nearly tripled from 2014 to 2015. That increase is from more rapes being reported, but also because the Juneau Police Department had been under-counting rapes in its annual report. Listen now

B.C. mine officials announce new changes to mining code

Two years after one of the worst mine disasters in Canada’s history, mine officials in British Columbia are rolling out new mining codes. Listen now

Bartlett Regional continues effort to build a youth psychiatric treatment center in Juneau

When residential psychiatric treatment services for youth aren’t available in the state, children are sent out of Alaska. But Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau is trying to change that by building a treatment center in the state’s capital. Listen now

Paralytic shellfish poisoning poses a serious risk in four Juneau-Douglas beaches

Four beaches in the Juneau-Douglas area have elevated levels of toxins that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. Listen now

Central Council acquires international contracting company

The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is doing something few tribal organizations do. Earlier this month, June 15, the tribe acquired KIRA, Inc., an international maintenance contracting company. The Colorado-based entity has scored more than $1 billion in federal contracts, according to its documents. Listen now