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Ask Juneau: Why am I paying so much for my Alaska student loan?

JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - Why have Alaska's student loans cost more than federal loans? A viewer from Anchorage, Red Bradley, wrote to AskJuneau that his Alaska student loan payment was four times his federal loan for the same amount of borrowed money. "The state touts 'get educated,'" Bradley, a reti

KTUU - 2018-03-24 01:45:00

Downtown stabbing victim released from hospital

A Juneau man is in custody after an alleged assault with a knife. According to a department news release, Juneau police responded to a call about 5:40 p.m. Tuesday. The caller reported that a woman was assaulted in the 200 block of South Franklin Street. Police later arrested Robert James Paul, 38,

KTOO.ORG - 2018-03-23 15:23:41

Juneau business owner promises to catch up on pet cremations

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Clients of Bridge Pet Services in Juneau say they've been having problems contacting the company about their cremated pets. KTOO Public Media of Juneau reports that in response, the company's owner has acknowledged that he's fallen behind on getting ashes back to clients. One c

ROANOKE TIMES - 2018-03-23 06:08:18

Juneau schools leave room for debate in climate change curriculum

The Juneau School Board meeting on March 13, 2018. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska's Energy Desk) The Juneau School Board is considering adopting new curriculum for middle and high schools - based on growing national science standards. The model has been adopted entirely in 19 states, and one of

KTOO.ORG - 2018-03-23 02:21:58

ACLU-Alaska sues police officers over immigration detention

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is suing a city north of Anchorage and members of its police force, alleging officers wrongfully detained a Peruvian man over his immigration status after his attempt to break up a bar fight left him beaten and bloodied. The lawsuit


Split court sides with Alaska rafting company in man’s death

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A divided Alaska Supreme Court has sided with a river rafting company, deciding its release form protected it from liability in the 2013 death of a man on a rafting trip. The majority ruling, supported by three of the court's five members, found the release form signed by Steph

WASHINGTON TIMES - 2018-03-23 21:31:17

Senate passes spending limit bill after Democrats walk out in protest

Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, answers questions at an impromptu press availability in her office in the Alaska State Capitol on Friday. Her entire caucus had just walked out of the Senate floor session in protest of how her caucus's proposed amendments to Senate Bill 196 were ha

KTOO.ORG - 2018-03-24 02:43:15

Gardentalk - Spring pruning and greenhouse planting

This North Douglas greenhouse, made entirely from discarded and upcycled materials, still needs more preparation for early spring use. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO) For this week's edition of Gardentalk, we perform some last-minute necessary pruning of bushes and trees, start some vegetables in our gr

KTOO.ORG - 2018-03-23 22:10:36

Downtown Juneau, Douglas under a high wind warning until 4 p.m.

Hazardous high winds are buffeting downtown Juneau and Douglas this morning. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for downtown Juneau and Douglas. Northweast winds will be about 30 mph, with gusts up to 65 mph. Peak gusts are likely this morning. During a high wind warning, lo


Juneau City Manager Rorie Watt Offers Municipal Update

Anchorage, AK - Juneau City Manager Rorie Watt spoke to Your Alaska Link and offered an update regarding a proposed annexation of four tracts into the city and borough, which does not sit well with Angoon and local proprietors. The issue will be examined during next year's 1st Regular Session, by th


Fall trial date set in Alaska cruise ship death case

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A federal judge has set a new trial date for a Utah man accused of killing his wife on a cruise to Alaska last summer. In an order dated Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess set the start of trial for Kenneth Manzanares for Nov. 5. Burgess expects the trial to la

SEATTLE TIMES - 2018-03-22 23:23:10

Recovering bodies of Alaska climbers could be months away

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) Authorities say the bodies of two experienced climbers who are presumed dead on a southeast Alaska mountain likely won't be recovered for months. Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says summer is the soonest authorities could launch a recovery effort, though that depe


Discovery of USS Juneau wreckage provides some closure

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The recent discovery of the USS Juneau in the depths of the South Pacific has provided some closure to people with connections to the ship, which was blown apart during World War II. Hundreds died, including the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa. An expedition backed b


Bartlett Regional Hospital plans to expand rehab services

Bartlett Regional Hospital is planning to expand its drug treatment center with plans to break ground by the end of the year. The $2.5 million plan would create a single point of entry for patients seeking addiction treatment and be financed with the city's 1 percent sales tax. The hospital's Rainfo


Attorneys spar over evidence in Alaska cruise ship death

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Attorneys are fighting over evidence one month before a Utah man is scheduled to face trial in the death of his wife on an Alaska cruise last summer. In court documents, attorneys for Kenneth Manzanares say law enforcement obtained search warrants for blood from Manzanares. The


Pretrial enforcement showing promising signs

A man came into Southeast Pretrial Enforcement Supervisor Leah Van Kirk's office about a month ago after being arrested. Van Kirk was going to get him set up with electric monitoring that would track the man's location while he awaited his court date, she recalled. She was surprised by what the man


Mentoring program to close in Haines, Homer, Hoonah, Sitka

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska will no longer make new matches between youths and volunteers in four Alaska communities: Haines, Homer, Hoonah and Sitka. The organization, which matches volunteers and youth for one-on-one mentoring, says it's a matter of reduced federal and state grant funding.


Marathon debate on budget keeps House working late

JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - The marathon to produce an operating budget wore on Wednesday evening, the budget's second day on the House floor, with amendment after amendment rising and falling on the way to a final vote. In all, a House clerk said, 71 amendments were filed. Most of them came from member


Rep. Sam Kito III will not seek re-election

The Juneau Empire reports that Rep. Sam Kito III will not run for re-election this fall. Kito represents House District 33, including Skagway, Haines, Klukwan, Gustavus, downtown Juneau and Douglas. Kito could not be reached for comment Tuesday. He told the Empire he made his decision Friday due to


Wreckage of ship blown apart in WWII found, offering closure

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The recent discovery of the USS Juneau in the depths of the South Pacific has provided some closure to people with connections to the ship, which was blown apart during World War II. Hundreds died, including the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, whose story was chroni