The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Clocks fall back - for certain - the Sunday morning at 2 a.m.

Story reminding readers to end daylight saving time was premature


November 1, 2017

There was plenty of egg on the face of the Valdez Star editorial staff last week when a story on the front page reminded readers to turn back the clocks ran one week ahead of schedule.

For the record, daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 a.m.

Alaskans will "fall back" - turn their clocks back one hour - gaining one hour of sleep with the rest of the U.S. Only Hawaii and Arizona do not recognize DST. Canada - with the exception of Saskatchewan - also rolls back the clocks this first Sunday in November.

Until 2007, daylight saving time ended the last Sunday of October in the U.S., instead of the present practice of turning the clocks back the first Sunday in November.

Great Britain and the countries in Europe that observe DST switched their clocks back to local standards times last Sunday.

Several alert readers contacted the newspaper regarding the error of the story running a week early.

As noted last week, several efforts to repeal DST in Alaska have been on the table of Alaska lawmakers in the past, but have failed to gain passage in both the House and Senate.

The practice of changing the clocks - in an effort to conserve energy - began in the US after its entry into WWI. It was not standardized across the country until 1966 according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.


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