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December 15, 2020 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

Carlos Jimenez hugs his son Hayden, 13, as the two wait for an opportunity to help with the search and rescue operation for two Haines residents missing after a landslide. (Photo by Rashah McChesney / KTOO. See more photos from Haines.)

But first… 

I was trying not to let myself get excited about the COVID-19 vaccine, but now that it is in the state and about to go into people's bodies right here in Juneau as soon as this afternoon...I just feel like a weight has been lifted. 

In these dark days at the bottom of a heavy year, it is exactly the light that we need. Alaska's chief medical officer Dr. Anne Zink said back in November that the vaccine would feel like the light returning: "Alaskans are used to a dark winter. And we’re also used to the fact that Dec. 22nd doesn’t feel much lighter than the 21st," she said. "And I think the vaccine’s going to feel the same way."

Which makes me think about how quickly the light returns to us come February. I'm looking forward to being shocked by how equally quickly our lives start to change each day, after the last of these slow, monotonous weeks of 2020.

-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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The owner of these frisky goats had to evacuate their home under Mount Ripinsky in Haines. They were rescued by The Haines Bald Eagle Foundation and they are living in an empty barn space intended for birds on a farm near the townsite.  Lots of animals from these goats to dogs to birds needed extra attention during the landslides in Haines. Read their story from Claire Stremple / KHNS.
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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