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"So…I’m just gonna to take this trash can with me." - Bear

This video shot yesterday is a good reminder of just how determined bears can be about getting into trash cans as they prepare for winter.

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We’re celebrating 40 years of public media in Juneau, Alaska.Check out our timeline of KTOO. http://www.ktoo.org/anniversary/?page_id=1154

We’re celebrating 40 years of public media in Juneau, Alaska.

Check out our timeline of KTOO. 

http://www.ktoo.org/anniversary/?page_id=1154

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Aimee Olejasz and Fabienne Peter-Contesse have been together for 23 years, however Alaska’s constitution prevents them from getting married. The couple didn’t want to get married in just any state, but somewhere that has meaning for them. Last year, Washington State legalized gay marriage, and now the couple is planning their wedding where Peter-Contesse grew up.

Read the full story here: http://www.ktoo.org/2013/06/19/same-sex-couples-in-alaska-await-supreme-court-decision-on-doma-prop-8/

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It’s been pretty darn pretty in Juneau this week and KTOO is lovely in the sunshine.

(*The flag is part of the street which displays a flag from every state on the light poles. You can see a blue one in the background)

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So it turns out Juneau’s only McDonald’s sells the most expensive Quarter Pounder with Cheese in the United States. 

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Here’s what’s happening in the news today - 5/14/13

Here are the five stories you need to know this morning.

Juneau Parking Violations:
Last night the Juneau Assembly approved an ordinance to issue “notices of violation” in lieu of parking tickets. The decisioncomes in response to a recent Alaska Supreme Court order that nullifies citations not delivered in person. Violation notices will still be put on vehicle windshields, but instead of being an infraction sent to district court, the city must set up a traffic court system. CBJ plans to have hearing officers. (Rosemarie Alexander - KTOO) 

Sitka Landslide:
Two people from Sitka were rescued from a landslide that destroyed their cabin on Sunday. An air taxi pilot rescued the pair from a debris field estimated to be 20 feet deep. The couple’s belongings were buried and their dog is still missing.  (Robert Woolsey - KCAW)

Pavlof Volcano starts rumbling:
Mount Pavlof started showing signs of a possible eruption yesterday morning. The Alaska Volcano observatory is monitoring the mountain.
(Stephanie Joyce - KUCB)

Interior Alaska sees return of the cold:
It’s getting cold again in interior Alaska with snow predicted for the weekend. The dropping temperatures are slowing down break-up this spring. (Dan Bross - KUAC/Joaqlin Estus - KNBA)

Alaska Fire Season:
The federal government is predicting a normal wildfire season in Alaska
this year. But it could be later than normal. (Peter Granitz - APRN)

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The ferry Malaspina visited downtown Juneau, AK this weekend for the first time in nearly 30 years. Ferries used to dock in the downtown harbor but were later moved to Auke Bay to accommodate large cruise ships. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the ferry system which is being celebrated by the Golden Voyage of the Malaspina from Ketchikan to Skagway. 

The ferry Malaspina visited downtown Juneau, AK this weekend for the first time in nearly 30 years. Ferries used to dock in the downtown harbor but were later moved to Auke Bay to accommodate large cruise ships. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the ferry system which is being celebrated by the Golden Voyage of the Malaspina from Ketchikan to Skagway. 

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KTOO brought home 5 awards from the 2013 Alaska Press Club competition. 

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Showing a little love for public radio music at the 2013 Alaska Folk Fest.

Showing a little love for public radio music at the 2013 Alaska Folk Fest.

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newsweek:

Hidden deep in Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget is this item: “Begins work on a mission to rendezvous with—and then move—a small asteroid.”
Yep:

A budget plan that President Barack Obama will release Wednesday would charge NASA Glenn Research Center with developing a solar electric propulsion system for a spaceship that will collect an asteroid and park it in the moon’s orbit so astronauts can conduct research on it.
Moving the giant space rock would give NASA experience deflecting asteroids that could prove vital to averting potential Earth collisions such as one believed to have caused a mass dinosaur extinction millions of years ago. Some asteroids also contain rare elements that mining companies are eager to exploit, NASA officials said.

See what else you can find that’s particularly noteworthy, and tell us.

newsweek:

Hidden deep in Obama’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget is this item: “Begins work on a mission to rendezvous with—and then move—a small asteroid.”

Yep:

A budget plan that President Barack Obama will release Wednesday would charge NASA Glenn Research Center with developing a solar electric propulsion system for a spaceship that will collect an asteroid and park it in the moon’s orbit so astronauts can conduct research on it.

Moving the giant space rock would give NASA experience deflecting asteroids that could prove vital to averting potential Earth collisions such as one believed to have caused a mass dinosaur extinction millions of years ago. Some asteroids also contain rare elements that mining companies are eager to exploit, NASA officials said.

See what else you can find that’s particularly noteworthy, and tell us.