Rural Challenges series, part 1: Hoonah

Hoonah sits on the shores of Icy Strait in the middle of the Tongass National Forest, about 40 air miles west of Juneau. It’s primarily a Tlingit village, where the majority of locals once worked in fishing and logging. Now it’s a cruise ship destination and some residents have reinvented themselves as entrepreneurs catering to summer tourists. Still, many struggle in the long winter off season, when unemployment reaches the double digits.

Weld Royal, KTOO – Juneau

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