Nearly five months since a tragic shooting took the lives of Hoonah police officers Tony Wallace and Matt Tokuoka, life in the 800 person village is slowly returning to normal. Residents say they’ll never forget the senseless killings, but thanks to the town’s close-knit nature — and a little help from other Alaska communities — they’ve been able to band together and help each other heal. Casey Kelly has more.
- Skagway School went through a restructuring this year. An influx in students enabled the school to create single-grade classrooms in the elementary school, increase Spanish and music classes, and start an accelerated learning program. It also opened space for three new teachers.
- El Nino has transitioned to below normal sea surface temperatures in the mid-latitude Pacific. If that persists, then the condition known as La Nina, typically results in a colder than normal winter for Alaska.
- The Alaska Mental Health Trust took its first step toward logging Ketchikan’s iconic Deer Mountain, along with a parcel in Petersburg.
- Two German sisters got a true Alaska experience through summer Rotary exchange.