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May 12, 2020 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.
The water tank for St. Michael, a village in the Bering Strait region of Alaska, is showing its age in this photo taken earlier this year. Aging infrastructure and a labyrinth of bureaucratic red tape threaten the public health of Alaska Native villages. In Western Alaska, the fight for clean water and sewers spans generations. (Photo and story by JoJo Phillips/KNOM)

But first… Making lemonade out of social lemedia

I think we all agree that social media can be a real trash fire sometimes. Really, avoid most of it if you can, Signaliens. Unfortunately I am professionally compelled to look at the tweets, tiktoks, tumblrs and tacebooks, so I have a difficult time pulling myself away. But I've come up with a survival mechanism on Twitter the past couple of months: Anytime a tweet makes me laugh, I "bookmark" it for later reference. I've got a pretty extensive collection going now, so I thought I'd share it with you: Here are the funny tweets. I hope you find some of them as goofy or bizarre as I did. And if you know of any other funny tweets, send them to me @RyCunn and I'll add them.

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Video of the week

Alaska state lawmakers are uncertain if they'll need to reconvene in Juneau to approve parts of the governor’s plan for CARES Act funds. With some of Alaska's largest industries suffering, what will lawmakers do to help stabilize Alaska's economy? Alaska Public Media's Lori Townsend speaks with Juneau Democratic Sen. Jesse Kiehl about how the Legislature plans to move forward.

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.

Rosanne Schmitz has lived in Juneau for over 30 years and feels fortunate to call Juneau home. As a bus driver for Capital Transit, Rosanne has had to enforce a nine-passenger limit in accordance with social distancing measures. So what happens when the bus is full and someone needs to get to work?

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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