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April 28, 2020 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.
Brian Ivy, owner of Salon Ivy, talks about keeping distance between clients and hairstylists at his Midtown Anchorage business on April 23. Across Alaska, salon owners like Ivy are figuring out when and how to safely reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Hannah Lies/Alaska Public Media; story by Tegan Hanlon/Alaska Public Media)

But first… Free jokes (rates may apply)

I usually try to write a joke or two in these newsletters, carefully straddling that informative-but-lighthearted-but-not-too-snarky-while-maintaining-journalistic-objectivity-and-integrity line. But this week, I'm delegating my joke-telling to a government entity.

Here's what to do: Call 907-586-0428. That's the City and Borough of Juneau's new joke hotline. It used to be a hiking hotline, but I guess the city got tired of telling people to wear shoes and avoid bears. When KTOO's Pablo Arauz Peña reported on the joke hotline last week, it was experiencing technical difficulties, but it's back up and quippy. Give it a call! And if you have your own jokes, send them to me so I can steal them and put them in the next Signal: ryanc@ktoo.org or @RyCunn on Twitter.

Top stories from last week

  1. Neiman Marcus is getting sued for selling a ‘Ravenstail Knitted Coat’ for $2,500
  2. Dunleavy says restaurants and other retail businesses can reopen Friday
  3. This pandemic couldn’t have come at a worse time for Alaska’s tourism businesses
  4. Dunleavy outlines steps for reopening Alaska’s economy
  5. Dunleavy says Alaska is in a better position than other states to reopen hair salons, etc.

Stories you may have missed

Video of the week

With the first case of COVID-19 confirmed in Southwest Alaska, state and tribal health officials are working to provide adequate supplies for medical staff and village health aides while ramping up testing capabilities in rural Alaska communities. (Story by Krysti Shallenberger/KYUK-Bethel)

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.

Melanie Lesh and about 440 other hardy folk live in Gustavus, a small town just a boat ride away from Juneau. Melanie gives us a snapshot of life in the remote Southeast Alaska community these days. She advises everyone to "wear your mask if you encounter other people — or a moose."

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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