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Goodnight, polar sun

Utqiaġvik, the northernmost community in the United States, said “see ya” to the sun, when it set today. Starting Nov. 19, the town will experience 66 days of polar night.

The next sunrise in the town formerly known as Barrow is at 1:16 pm, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Utquagvik has a population of about 4,383.

Alternately, in McMurdo Station, Antarctica the summer population of about 1,000 people are experiencing 24 hours of daylight currently.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • If I didn’t know any better I’d say it was a democrat thing…….hahahahaa

  • Ah yes, the long night of the vampires.

  • That tribal administrator woman applying covid public shaming toward barrow residents not complying by researching and writing public covid annoucements to hang up on public bulletin boards because of the pre-concieved lacking education. Barrow residents should instead be mandated into parenting classes even for grandparents and non relatives for all adults and teens, A.A, Alnon, alateen, anger management groups, and include strongly encouraging all barrow residents start attending church. Since Native communities families are highly dysfunctional. I wonder how many suicides there be this winter? When the sun sets, the peoples inner demons start rising up.

    • It’s not fair of you to single out native families as being dysfunctional. Don’t most families have a black sheep or two in them? Have you even lived in the bush or in a native village or reservation? It’s probably safer to be in a native village right now than on the streets of Chicago or New York wouldn’t you say? Yes, teens Nationwide run into problems where they can’t handle or don’t know how to handle various circumstances. I’m sick and tired of you churchy people saying Jesus is the answer and later you passed the donation plate for tythes and offerings. Beware of The smiling snake was one lesson that Eve should have taken to heart and before her Lilith but sadly some lessons die hard.

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