An Alaska Parks And Rec Department Turns To Humor In Hard Times Juneau's office of Parks and Recreation is essentially closed, so the staff has turned its hiking hotline into a joke hotline. The demand has overwhelmed the number.
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An Alaska Parks And Rec Department Turns To Humor In Hard Times

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An Alaska Parks And Rec Department Turns To Humor In Hard Times

An Alaska Parks And Rec Department Turns To Humor In Hard Times

An Alaska Parks And Rec Department Turns To Humor In Hard Times

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Juneau's office of Parks and Recreation is essentially closed, so the staff has turned its hiking hotline into a joke hotline. The demand has overwhelmed the number.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is a time in which people discover greatness as they deal with the unexpected. The Parks & Recreation Department of Juneau, Alaska, which, is, in fact, a municipal department, not a sitcom, is essentially closed in these times of the coronavirus, so they've turned their daily hiking hotline into a joke hotline. It's just a joke a day, says Dawn Welch, the Juneau recreation coordinator. Call the number, and you'll hear a joke. Don't sprint for your phone. There's been a backup because of all the demand. The number in Juneau is 907-586-0428. We persevered and got through early this morning.

(SOUNDBITE OF PHONE DIALING)

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: What kind of music is scary for balloons? Pop music.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: Ouch.

SIMON: But I got an Alaska joke. Bear walks into a bar and says, give me a shot and a beer. Why the big pause, asked the bartender. The bear shrugs. I'm not sure. I guess I was born with them.

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