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March 30, 2021 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

When a Bethel woman reported that she'd been raped, it took over seven hours for Bethel police to respond. That was just the start of a series of long delays. And it wasn't until after she organized a protest at the courthouse that she got a call from the DA's office (Photo by Katie Basile & story by Greg Kim / KYUK).

But first… 

In a few weeks, everyone who works at KTOO will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (!!!), so we're talking now about going back to the office. We patted ourselves on the back last year when we managed to keep producing news and programming from our janky laptops on our standing desks made from cardboard boxes on our kitchen tables (mine is perched on the radiator in front of my bedroom window). But that transition was abrupt to say the least -- and certainly not intentional or planned.

That's what makes planning to go back to the office so hard...and weird. We somehow got ourselves into this mess, so why should we expect to get out in one swift motion? I think we all need a slow transition back to make up for the way the door hit us on our way into the New Normal.

As a social and collaborative person, I've missed working in the physical presence of my coworkers (and their dogs). And I've missed the little rituals of the workplace. I miss printing something out and writing notes in the margins or signing something with a pen rather than copying and pasting and saving a document over and over. 

I enjoyed this Wired article from last month -- "The Secret, Essential Geography of the Office." I agree with the author that it doesn't have to be all or none when it comes to working virtually or in person. There's an efficiency to our work when we can do things at our own pace in our own space (and in soft pants). But there's also something to be said for the brainstorms that form from our shared thoughts and ideas in a room.

Are you ready to go back to the office? Or have you given that life up entirely? What are you looking forward to? What are you dreading?

-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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Angela Łot'oydaatlno Gonzalez is a Koyukon Athabascan woman who learned traditional beading as a child. But with the hustle and bustle of adulthood, she lost touch with some of her Alaska Native cultural traditions. When she finally had the chance to start beading again, she was reminded of its powerful cultural connection.

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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