More than 500 people waded into the water or watched from the shore as the paddlers ended their journey Wednesday afternoon. Hundreds of others lined a nearby causeway or cheered from parks and bridges along the route.
We spoke with some of the paddlers and recorded some of the songs and filed this audio post card.
Celebration continues through Saturday night. You can watch many of the events on 360North TV or online at 360north.org.
- Juneau schools first considered doing this last year after they learned other school districts were doing it in the Lower 48. They didn’t get a chance to do it in Juneau until now.
- In a White House proclamation, President Donald Trump designated 11 a.m. local time on Memorial Day to unite in prayer for permanent peace and asked all Americans to observe a national moment of remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.
- The incident had witnesses, which can help investigators determine the cause of a crash in the same way witnesses are helpful when investigating car accidents.
- Divers have found multiple spots where oil could have been released and have since sealed off those locations. The total amount of oil released from the Powhatan is unknown.