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February 23, 2021 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

Last week, Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area director Barb Miranda said the ice on Mendenhall Lake was "pretty slushy" and that icebergs in the lake could flip over. Miranda said the safer route to the ice caves is along the West Glacier Trail, though it’s a challenging hike that can last all day. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh & Story by Matt Miller/KTOO)

But first… 

For me, one way to think about the pandemic is as one, long, breaking news story. Since we learned about the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 — and especially since the moment when we knew it was certain to come here and change our lives — I've been on high alert. I've woken up nearly every morning with an endless to-do list and a strong urge to GET INFORMATION OUT THERE.

It's hit everyone a little bit differently, but it's a fact that operating in this state of emergency all the time takes its toll on our mental health. I talked about my own experience on the emotional pandemic roller coaster for the Transmission podcast from KNKX, one of Seattle's NPR stations.

The episode, called The Long Winter, features me and two other people who have struggled with our mental health over the past year. The producers did a lovely job with weaving our stories together into a narrative arc that I think a lot of people will relate to.

If you are having a mental health emergency, you can call the Alaska Careline at 877-266-HELP (4357) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Both are confidential and staffed 24/7. Also, I'm pretty open about my mental health issues, so feel free to reply to this email if you don't know what else to do.

-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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The human toll from climate change in Alaska is real. The small community of Haines in Southeast Alaska experienced a deadly landslide late last year and is still coming to terms with the catastrophic damage and the loss of life. Claire Stremple from member station KHNS reports. (Watch the video)

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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