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December 22, 2020 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

Capital City Fire/Rescue paramedic Lily Kincaid injects a dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine into Assistant Chief Ed Quinto’s arm at the downtown station in Juneau on Dec. 17, 2020. Quinto said he didn’t have any anxiety about it and it felt like just another shot. (Photo and story by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

But first… 

Allow me to brag for a moment.

Back in September 2019, reporter Elizabeth Jenkins published a very beefy investigation into how federal dollars were being spent in Alaska on the effort to exempt the state from the Roadless Rule. She boiled the results of her records requests down to one simple question: Faced with an important decision on the Tongass, why is the federal government supporting Alaska’s timber industry?

After seeing Elizabeth's story, two members of Congress wanted to know the answer, too. And so they requested a federal investigation.

Last week, the results of that investigation came out, finding that the Forest Service had indeed acted illegally when it gave money to the state of Alaska in the form of a firefighting grant that was used instead on the Roadless Rule exemption.

As an editor who has had to follow along with all the intricate and frankly difficult-to-understand twists and turns of this story, the conclusion was deeply satisfying. Elizabeth has moved on from KTOO, but the impact of her reporting may end up being very long-lasting. I'm really proud of her work. 

-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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It's fun to see Juneau presented to a national audience. And if you're not in Juneau, this video will probably make you homesick. Either way, enjoy this delightful tour of Haa Aaní (Our Land) by Rose, who introduces viewers to her Tlingit culture along the way.
KTOO Public Media would like to acknowledge the L'eeneidí and the Wooshkeetaan of the Áak’w Khwáan. Our broadcast studios are on their ancestral homeland. Our building sits on fill that was once tideland and part of what is called the Indian Village. The families of the Juneau Indian Village, like their ancestors, cherish and depend upon their immediate connection to the waterfront. KTOO is working to lift up Tlingit voices and the Tlingit language. Please excuse us for our mistakes, and gunalchéesh for your patience as we learn.

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