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November 17, 2020 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

A bear print in the fresh snow on Nov. 3, 2020, just after the first big snowstorm of the month in Juneau. Which begs the question: Shouldn't all of Juneau's bears be hibernating by now? (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Albert)

But first… 

Last week, Bradley Grigg, who heads up the behavioral health programs at Bartlett Regional Hospital gave a troubling update to the Juneau Assembly. In recent months, the number of kids (age 17 and under) in Juneau who end up in the hospital with mental crises — including suicide attempts — has shot up.



We’re looking for the stories behind the statistics: How has the pandemic impacted your mental health and that of your children?

Read Adelyn Baxter’s story on the issue. At the bottom there’s a place to share your story.

-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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Alaska’s election results and what they may mean for the state’s future
More than 150,000 Alaskans voted by absentee and mail. As those counts are tallied, some races have flipped, some are still too close to call, and the vote counts for the two ballot initiatives are heading in opposite directions. On Alaska Insight last Friday, political reporters from across the state helped break down the numbers and provide context. Alaska's vote count ends on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

One thing to share...

Before coming to KTOO, I worked for an organization whose staff was entirely remote. I was working from home before it was cool...I mean, mandatory. And as much as I loved parking myself on my couch with my laptop and petting my dog while on Zoom meetings all day, I was relieved to have a job with an actual office again when I moved to Juneau.

As the novelty of the home office has worn off for many people in this country, it has become apparent what we've actually sacrificed in the pursuit of safety. And that's laid out nicely in this article from the Atlantic last month: Generation Work-From-Home May Never Recover
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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