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April 21, 2020 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.
Both dogs and humans observe social distancing during a sunny early April day at Sandy Beach on Douglas Island. For those who are itching for a break from hunkering down and want to keep active outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic, the state’s chief medical officer suggests wearing a mask and increasing your distance with others. (Photo and story by Matt Miller/KTOO)

But first… Signaliens are good at masks

Thank you to everyone who answered my call for mask advice, which was sorely needed. And a big, big thank you goes to Ann in Juneau, who went out of her way to make sure that I had a good mask to wear. She showed up outside my apartment last week (she was wearing a KTOO hoodie and had a KTOO sign in her car window) to hand off some masks for me and other KTOO staff. Ann, you are truly one of those helpers that Mr. Rogers is always talking about. Thank you!

Donating masks to hapless newsletter writers is just one way you can help during this crisis. But what are some other things we can do? NPR's "Life Kit" offers some good tips. One great idea they suggest is checking with local nonprofits — especially nonprofits that serve a community's basic needs. What are some other ways we can help each other out right now? Send your tips to or @RyCunn.

The top news from around Alaska

Here's the latest news from public media in Alaska.

Top stories from last week
  1. Dunleavy on Trump’s May 1 reopening goal: ‘We’re going to be charting our own course’
  2. Gardentalk – How and when to prune your plants, trees and berry bushes
  3. Another staffer at Lemon Creek Correctional Center tests positive, as inmates ask for more cleaning supplies
  4. Some conservatives are pushing to reopen Alaska’s economy. But elected officials, doctors and economists urge caution.
  5. As processors lay out safety plans, three more tribes call on Dunleavy to close Bristol Bay fishery
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Video of the week

Folk fans in Juneau and elsewhere were missing the 2020 Alaska Folk Festival this past weekend. It was scheduled to take place last week, but, well, you know. In lieu of a live event, KRNN did a rebroadcast of last year's fest. And if that wasn't enough, KTOO operations manager David Waters dug up some footage from the 1983 festival. (Back then, the price of crude oil was an astronomical $25.85 per barrel.) Enjoy this blast from the folk past.

Just one more thing…

Community Connection is a segment on KTOO’s Juneau Afternoon where listeners share personal stories, reflections, poetry or music about life in these strange times.

Lily Jo Ramsey is an 8-year-old poet from Haines. In her poem, Lily Jo expresses the comfort she finds in her own "river of thoughts." It's a short and lovely poem, and it reminds us where to look for calm when everything around us can be so turbulent.

More news around Alaska

For more local coverage during the global pandemic, check in regularly with your community stations. Here's an admittedly incomplete list: KBBI in Homer; KCAW in Sitka; KDLG in Dillingham; KDLL in Kenai; KFSK in Petersburg; KHNS in Haines; KMXT in Kodiak; KNOM in Nome; KOTZ in Kotzebue; KRBD in Ketchikan; KSKA and KNBA in Anchorage; KSTK in Wrangell; KTNA in Talkeetna; KUAC in Fairbanks; KUCB in Unalaska; KYUK in Bethel.

The Signal is written by KTOO digital media editor Ryan Cunningham
and edited by KTOO managing editor Jennifer Pemberton.

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