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September 1, 2020 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

LifeMed Alaska posted this photo of Igiugig's runway on Facebook Saturday night. It’s completely dark, except for a straight line of lights off in the distance from the residents in their vehicles coming together to light the way when they realized the airport's lights wouldn't come on to guide a medevac plane in. 

The company wrote, “what appears to be a blurry, dark photo is actually a view of what an amazing community can do with a lot of determination.”  (Photo courtesy of LifeMed / Story by Rashah McChesney, KTOO)

But first… 

One thing that came up last week when Rashah McChesney was reporting on neighborhood reaction to the city buying a downtown building for a cold weather shelter was that the city had reached out to neighborhood associations about the plan but not to people experiencing homelessness.

Dave Lane uses the cold weather shelter. He told Rashah that a lot of times people in Juneau are compassionate right up until it becomes clear that they’ll have to be close to a homeless population. Then, he said, it becomes an argument of “not around me, not in my neighborhood.”

The city says there will be more opportunities for people to speak up about the proposed new shelter, including to the city assembly during a future meeting. Lane says the city should put up fliers at the Glory Hall homeless shelter and other places in town where people can see them. 

“And then get people at least to think about it," he said. "You know now whether they’re actually going to get riled up and passionate and get to the meeting — at least have the opportunity to."

Lane's perspective is an important one. Listen to the whole story for -- well, the whole story. 


-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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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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