Rashah McChesney, KTOO - Juneau

Rashah McChesney, KTOO - Juneau
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State fines Juneau’s Bartlett Hospital for COVID safety violations after whistleblower report

Hospital staff tipped off the state, leading investigators to find the city-owned hospital’s health and safety program inadequate. They issued more than a dozen citations.
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Juneau community mourns missing and murdered Indigenous people: ‘One of our strengths is our voices’

About 30 people gathered on Monday night to share their stories and sing to their missing loved ones. 
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After winning, Juneau attorney reflects on her years-long First Amendment case

A federal judge recently ruled that Gov. Dunleavy violated the First Amendment rights of a Juneau attorney he fired on the day he was sworn into office.
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Tongans in Juneau wrestle with how best to help loved ones affected by the eruption and tsunami

Telephone links between Tonga and the rest of the world are slowly being reconnected, but they’re unreliable, and the internet is still down.
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The eruption near Tonga was so powerful you could hear it in Alaska

How did so many Alaskans hear a sound from so far away? The short answer is that this volcanic blast was so big it traveled thousands of miles.
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For Tongans in Alaska, a fretful wait for news after eruption and tsunami

There has been very little contact with Tonga since Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai erupted.
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Volcanic eruption in Tonga leads to tsunami advisory in Alaska

tsunami advisory is in effect for much of coastal Alaska after an undersea volcano erupted near Tonga. 

An advisory means a dangerous wave is on the way according to the National Weather Service — the wave is expected to be between 1 to 3 feet.

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Juneau elementary school closed indefinitely after damage from flooding

Teachers haven’t been back into Riverbend yet to fully catalog everything that’s been damaged. In the email, the school district said they’ll have to pack up their classrooms and move everything out of the way so that construction crews can come through. 
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Governor issues disaster declaration for storms in Southeast Alaska

That disaster declaration opens a pot of money for communities, federally recognized tribal organizations and some private nonprofits to apply for reimbursement for funds they spent combating the storms. 
Vans are stuck in the snow off an icy road.

Winter storm closes Juneau schools, state offices and largest grocery store

National Weather Service forecasters are warning of rain and ice forming on top of the snow, which could cause flooding on Monday.

Fairbanks woman finds abandoned newborn at intersection

A newborn was found abandoned in a cardboard box at an intersection in Fairbanks on Saturday afternoon. 

Anonymous ‘Alaska abusers list’ is an outlet for survivors, but some warn of collateral damage

Last week a woman in Anchorage went public on social media with an allegation of sexual assault, prompting other people to share their stories. By the end of the week, a group of Twitter accounts...
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Family raise alarm for missing Juneau man: ‘He’s gone for a few days, but he always calls back’

Juneau police say they’ve been looking for Clifford White since they got a missing person’s report for him on Oct. 31.
Street lights are turned on on a quiet downtown street.

Family raise alarm for missing Juneau man: ‘He’s gone for a few days, but he always calls back’

Another Juneau man has gone missing, and his family say they haven’t heard from him for weeks. 
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As US and Canada uncover Indigenous school history, survivors, their children and allies mark Orange Shirt day in Juneau

Sept. 30 is a National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools. The day was born in Canada — when a residential school survivor told the story of wearing an orange shirt that her grandmother bought for her, and then having it stripped off of her when she arrived at a boarding school.
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The head of Juneau’s hospital has resigned

City staff says the CEO was having an “inappropriate relationship” with a hospital employee which violates the city’s conflict of interest code.
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Juneau students are masked up and back in classrooms

Here's a look at what the first day of classes looked like at two Juneau schools on Monday.
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Uptick in COVID-19 cases prompts new restrictions in Juneau

Juneau has 80 active cases of COVID-19 among residents and non-residents. And that has triggered the city’s emergency operations center to raise the local risk level to moderate.
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Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization will require COVID-19 vaccine for employees

The Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska joined the Alaska Native Medical Center and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in requiring the vaccine for employees.
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Seven women accuse former Juneau health consortium chiropractor of sexual abuse

Seven women have accused a former Juneau-area chiropractor of sexually abusing them while he was working at the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or SEARHC.