Claire Stremple

Claire Stremple

Claire Stremple is a reporter based in Juneau, Alaska. She got her start in public radio, first at KHNS in Haines and then on the health and environment beat at KTOO in Juneau. Her focus for the Beacon is education and criminal and social justice.

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Alaska’s business advocates call for making child care a priority

By: - August 26, 2023

More than three quarters of Alaska parents reported missing work because child care issues, a leading business advocate told the group advising Gov. Mike Dunleavy on child care policy. Kati Capozzi, the Alaska Chamber’s executive director, said that addressing the issue is a priority for employers. She told the state’s Child Care Task Force on […]

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Alaska Department of Public Safety publishes Missing Indigenous Persons report

By: - August 24, 2023

According to a new state report, nearly 200 Alaska Native or American Indian people went missing between the beginning of April and the end of June in Alaska this year. Two dozen of them have not been found. Violence against American Indian and Alaska Native people far exceeds the national average and Alaska has one […]

An empty hospital bed in a ward.

Thousands of Alaskans dropped from Medicaid after pandemic protections end

By: - August 23, 2023

The number of Alaskans covered by Medicaid has dropped by more than 14,000 since April, after federal protections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic ended. This number may increase as the state continues the process of determining who is still eligible, which was halted during the national emergency declaration. Those Alaskans are losing coverage as […]

People canoeing with Goldbelt Heritage Foundation, the first recipient of the Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development grant program. Photo courtesy of Goldbelt Heritage Foundation.

Alaska Native youth to carve two dugout canoes with federal education funding boost

By: - August 21, 2023

Federal money for arts, culture and educational programs will fund the creation of two dugout canoes in Southeast Alaska. Goldbelt Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Goldbelt, Inc., will teach Alaska Native youth how to carve canoes with nearly a quarter million dollars in grant funding from the National Park Service. The goal is to […]

Alaska National Guardsmen assigned to a task force in Bethel work on Sept. 22 clearing storm debris in Newtok,. Approximately 100 members of the Alaska Organized Militia, which includes members of the Alaska National Guard, Alaska State Defense Force and Alaska Naval Militia, were activated following a disaster declaration issued Sept. 17 after the remnants of Typhoon Merbok caused flooding in communities scattered over 1,000 miles of Bering Sea coastline. (Photo by 1st Lt. Balinda O'Neal/Alaska National Guard)

Alaska nonprofit law firm to receive $4.7 million to assist disaster recovery

By: - August 16, 2023

The nonprofit law firm Alaska Legal Services Corp was awarded federal money this week to support victims of disasters last year as they continue to navigate the recovery. The firm will be in charge of distributing $4.7 million in funding to create what’s being described as a “disaster relief hub,” which will support the victims […]

Alaska graduate student workers, university move toward vote on potential labor union

By: - August 9, 2023

A group of University of Alaska graduate student employees took a step to form the state’s first student worker union on Wednesday. The Alaska Graduate Student Workers Association signed an agreement with the university system that defines who is eligible to vote on becoming a union, certifies them as a bargaining unit and triggers a […]

Charlie Jones, Chief Shakes VII, wearing the Kéet Kudàs, or Killer Whale shirt, from the Naanya.aayí clan of Wrangell, Alaska, in 1940. The shirt is at the Minnesota Museum of American Art and will return to Wrangell this year. (Image courtesy of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska)

Alaska tribes, university to receive federal grants for repatriation of remains and cultural items

By: - August 9, 2023

Alaska tribes and the University of Alaska Fairbanks will receive more than $350,000 in grants as part of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, known as NAGPRA, the National Park Service announced on Monday. The groups will put the money towards bringing objects of cultural significance back to Alaska. NAGPRA requires federal agencies […]

Alaska Department of Corrections Commissioner Jen Winkelman presents to the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 1. (KTOO 360TV Screenshot)

New ID law intended to support Alaskans exiting incarceration, reduce recidivism 

By: - August 8, 2023

A new law aimed at supporting Alaskans as they leave prison and reenter society will go into effect next year. The state’s Department of Corrections will be able to issue state IDs to prisoners who do not have valid identification when they exit the carceral system. Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed the bill into law on […]

Sealaska Heritage Institute is seen in downtown Juneau on Aug. 4, 2023. (Photo by Claire Stremple/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska Native nonprofit launches program to support Alaska Native teachers 

By: - August 7, 2023

As Alaska grapples with a shortage of teachers and high turnover rates, a regional nonprofit is recruiting Alaska Native educators to a new statewide program designed to support and retain them. Amber Frommherz of Sealaska Heritage Institute said the new initiative, called the Community of Practice program, is a place for educators from around the […]

The building housing the University of Alaska Fairbanks' International Arctic Research Center, seen on Sept. 18, is named for center founder Syun-Ichi Akasofu. The University of Alaska system set a record in 2022 for outside funding of research, with most of that going to UAF. Funding for 2023 is expected to break that record, University of Alaska President Pat Ptiney said. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s most recent UA Board of Regents pick resigns after two months

By: - August 2, 2023

Tuckerman Babcock resigned from his post as a member of the University of Alaska Board of Regents on Wednesday, after two months in the role and before his confirmation by the state Legislature. Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Babcock, his former chief of staff and a longstanding Republican figure, to the board that guides policy and […]

An empty classroom at Juneau-Douglas High School: Kalé in Juneau, Alaska, on July 20, 2022.

Alaska to use crowdsourcing website to distribute $2M in COVID-19 relief money for public school supplies

By: - August 1, 2023

Alaska public school teachers short of supplies this year have a new source to turn to for funding, and it’s not the local school budget. Each teacher could receive $650 to $750 from the state in federal pandemic relief money. Alaska’s Department of Education and Early Development will devote $2 million in federal pandemic relief […]

Sexual assault survivors in Alaska can now track their rape kits online

By: - July 31, 2023

A new online tool will allow survivors to check the status of their sexual assault kits, Alaska’s Department of Public Safety announced last week. The department developed a tracker so survivors can stay up to date on their case in “the least intrusive and traumatic way possible.” A sexual assault kit, known colloquially as a […]