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October 27, 2020 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

The terminus of Lituya Glacier on September 17, 2020, after the delta was completely resurfaced by an Aug. 15 glacial outburst flood. A National Park Service geologist believes the flood was one of the biggest such events to happen in the state's history. (Photo courtesy of J. Capra, NPS // Story by Matt Miller, KTOO)

But first… 

Back in early September, reporter Andrew Kitchenman and I attended an online election prep course called “The Weirdest Election Day Ever,” but we were prepping for next Tuesday long before that.

I'm using the shortened form of the word -- “prepping” -- intentionally. Like “preppers” who actively prepare to survive major disruptions, we’ve been anticipating the potential social disorder or other big news events that could be awaiting us come November. That’s on top of our already ratcheted up response to the pandemic we’ve been covering since March.

We’ve been working hard to pull together a lot of stories and programs to make sure you are as informed as you can possibly be in this weird world we find ourselves in. You can find most of it compiled on our elections page: KTOO.org/elections. But chances are you've been hearing all this hard work on the air for months.

All of this has taken every bit of resources we have in the KTOO newsroom and more when we add in the collaborations with reporters at other stations and news organizations in the state.

Your support makes this important work possible. If you didn't make a contribution last week during our on-air member drive, it's not too late. Do it now, so we can keep you prepared for the “Weirdest Election Night Ever” and for whatever comes after that. 

-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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How to vote in Alaska: 2020 edition
Early voting started on Monday, Oct. 19th, in Alaska, and tens of thousands of Alaskans have already returned their absentee ballots. For those who haven’t cast their ballots, here’s a quick guide on how to vote this year. 

For more voter information go to KTOO.org/elections

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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