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January 19, 2021 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

This little guy might not look like much, but he's what birders call a "lifer" — the first hawfinch ever spotted in Canada. Claire Stremple talked to Whitehorse birders, who tracked down the venturesome hawfinch in Haines Junction. (Story by Claire Stremple, KHNS)

But first… 

Despite warnings of violence, no one showed up to protest at Alaska’s Capitol, armed or otherwise

This story was as relieving to me as it was boring probably to you.

All week, I was engaged in conversations with other news managers across the country about how to keep reporters safe during a potentially violent weekend across the country. People shared tips on where to buy bulletproof vests, on whether it was better to wear contacts or glasses when getting tear gassed, on whether wearing your press badge proudly and prominently would make you a target or potentially save you.

It's not possible to be fully prepared for the unthinkable, but my mind was open going into the weekend -- open to a number of deeply disturbing possibilities for my reporters. I felt like a mom sending her kids to their first overnight trip -- promise me you'll check in every 30 minutes! Do you have an N-95 mask? Memorize my number in case you get arrested! Don't wear black, they might think you're ANTIFA!  I had a buddy system worked out for them.

But nothing happened. No one showed up at Alaska's Capitol building (besides my over-prepared reporters). I slept a little bit easier on Sunday night, but I haven't lost the edge yet. It was a good drill, a good mental exercise -- and I guess I'm ready as I'll ever be for whatever it is that's coming. 

-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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On the week of Martin Luther King Day, some might ask: What would the civil rights leader have said about the social justice issues that dominate our headlines today? On Juneau Afternoon last week, Sherry Patterson of the Juneau Black Awareness Association talked with two ministers about the movement King started and where it’s headed now. (Listen to the program)

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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