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.

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 […]

In Disability Pride Month, Alaska advocates celebrate progress and look to a more accessible future

By: - July 29, 2023

July is Disability Pride Month and this year it marks the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law that protects people with disabilities from discrimination. The law preserves their right to access jobs, schools, public transportation and businesses. But even as people with disabilities celebrate progress, they also say there […]

An empty hallway at Juneau-Douglas High School: Kalé in Juneau, Alaska, on July 20, 2022. (Photo by Lisa Phu/Alaska Beacon)

Alaska Board of Education and Early Development selects new commissioner 

By: - July 27, 2023

The state’s education board unanimously voted to appoint former Anchorage schools Superintendent Deena Bishop as commissioner of the Department of Education and Early Development at its quarterly meeting on Wednesday. “We are excited to bring Dr. Bishop on board for the commissioner position,” said board Chair James Fields in a press release. “She has a […]

Alaska Department of Health moves to ease parts of child care licensing burden

By: - July 27, 2023

The state government is taking aim at eliminating one of the most common barriers for people who want to open child care centers in remote communities: The state requirement for a special internet connection called a “static IP address.” Every device connected to has its own Internet Protocol, or IP, address. While most device addresses […]

Representatives from the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program joined Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland in Washington, D.C., on July 13, 2023, to sign an agreement that will increase access to employment opportunities for Alaska Native students in science and engineering fields. (Photo courtesy of ANSEP)

University of Alaska and Interior Department partner to increase access to jobs for Alaska Native students

By: - July 25, 2023

Students from University of Alaska Anchorage’s Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program will have increased opportunities for federal jobs after a partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The agreement will streamline the application process for Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program students. The program started in the 1990s with one university student, and has expanded […]

A nine-story office building showing Juneau's courthouse

As more Alaskans face eviction, courts and service providers aim for solutions

By: - July 24, 2023

When Raven Tulugak Lopez got an eviction notice on his door, it came with another piece of paper that listed resources to help avoid eviction. He was behind on rent by about $900 and was a couple weeks out from a paycheck. “It’s been really tough with inflation and everything,” he said. “​​The cost of […]

Bulk food purchased with the $1.68 million Gov. Mike Dunleavy put towards supporting food banks is staged for delivery in Food Bank of Alaska’s Anchorage warehouse on April 21, 2023. (Photo by Claire Stremple/Alaska Beacon)

Alaskans faced a food stamp backlog, now they must wait to appeal the delay in benefits

By: - July 19, 2023

While Alaska’s state government has made progress in getting more people food stamps, advocates say the process to appeal state denials or delays is breaking down. Food stamps are a federal benefit the state of Alaska manages, and there are rules for how quickly the state has to get the benefit to qualified applicants. The […]

Fruit is displayed at an Anchorage grocery store. Overall consumer prices in Alaska's largest city were up by an annual rate of 7.5% as of April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Food prices were up by 11.3%. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

A group of attorneys and volunteers helped nearly 2,000 Alaskans get food stamps during backlog

By: - July 17, 2023

About a year ago, Jamilyn Fenn noticed she was helping a lot of elders in the Seward area repeatedly fill out applications for food stamp benefits. The elders thought their applications were getting denied, but really they were caught up in the state’s food stamp backlog for the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Fenn is […]

The Boney Courthouse building in Anchorage holds the Alaska Supreme Court chambers. (Photo by Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)

Nonattorney advocates to represent Alaskans in court under new waiver

By: - July 13, 2023

Alaska’s Supreme Court, with support from the state’s bar association, approved a waiver at the end of last year that will allow specially trained nonlawyers to represent Alaskans in court for some issues. Nikole Nelson, Alaska Legal Services Corp.’s director, said the system is unique to Alaska — no other state has a program quite […]

(Photo from Fairbanks North Star Borough School District facilities management department)

Fairbanks elementary school secures $8 million in federal grant money for renovations

By: - July 11, 2023

As school districts across Alaska struggle with what to do with facilities in need of repairs, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District found a solution to renovate one elementary school: it’s been awarded a significant federal grant totalling $8 million. Jahanara Carreon, who directs the district’s facilities management, said the application felt like a long […]

An empty hallway at Juneau-Douglas High School: Kalé in Juneau, Alaska, on July 20, 2022. (Photo by Lisa Phu/Alaska Beacon)

Study: To hire and keep teachers in remote Alaska, school districts need to pay a lot more

By: - July 5, 2023

Alaska school districts that are remote and serve mainly students from low-income households need to pay substantially more than they currently do to attract and retain teachers, a study from University of Alaska researchers found. Matthew Berman, a University of Alaska Anchorage economics professor, said that the study shows that compensation does matter when it […]