[tz] America/Metlakatla now follows Alaska

Matt Johnson mj1856 at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 9 17:51:16 UTC 2015

Interesting.  I wonder what they will do if/when the bill to abolish DST in Alaska passes into law?  Will they stay on UTC-9 or go back to UTC-8?  Only time will tell.
Also, while researching, I stumbled across something interesting:
http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-11-05/empire-editorial-daylight-saving-time-necessary-inconvenience"Metlakatla is on Pacific Time (unofficially, Hyder is, too)"
I hadn't heard of Hyder in the tzdb, so digging a little deeper:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyder,_Alaska#Canadian_and_British_Columbian_influence_on_culture"Tourists also find that Hyder uses the Pacific Time Zone"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Time_Zone#United_States"The town of Hyder, Alaska, is officially in the Alaska Time Zone. However, most of the town observes the Pacific Time because of strong connections with nearby Stewart, British Columbia, which is in the Pacific Time Zone. The United States Post Office in Hyder strictly adheres to Alaska Time."
https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Hyder"Unlike the rest of Alaska, Hyder unofficially uses the Pacific Time Zone like most of British Columbia and the US West Coast States."
http://www.mytripjournal.com/travel-751992-post-office-british-columbia-time-zone-hyder-alaska"All of Alaska is on the Alaska time zone except Hyder which is on the same time zone as British Columbia. Except for the post office that is. Inside the post office is one hour different from the time out in the street."
https://seagrant.uaf.edu/nosb/papers/2003/chugiak-ginseng.html"Another factor which makes business in Hyder difficult is the time zone. While Hyder is technically within the Alaska Time Zone, all of the residents of Hyder set their clocks one hour later so as to comply with the Pacific Time Zone as used by their Canadian neighbors. This can make dealing with the rest of the state more difficult because one hour is lost during each business day due to this discrepancy."
https://books.google.com/books?id=c-IGSXX7_n0C&pg=PA167&dq=time+zone"Hyder residents ... use the Candaian time zone ... and are on a different time zone than the rest of Alaska"

The only discrepancy I found is:https://books.google.com/books?id=oWNpEz74fm0C&pg=PA158&dq=time+zone"... But it does stay in the Alaskan time zone.  A little confusing, but not enough to matter."
That one is dated August 11-12, 1997 - so perhaps sometime after that.  The other book is dated 2002, so sometime between.
I couldn't find confirmation of whether they use DST or not, but I assume that since they match nearby Stewart, BC, which should be on America/Vancouver, that they do.
Should there be an America/Hyder zone entry?

> To: tz at iana.org
> From: thorsen at timeanddate.com
> Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2015 14:34:37 +0100
> Subject: [tz] America/Metlakatla now follows Alaska
> It seems Metlakatla did go off PST on Sunday, November 1, changing their
> time to AKST and are going to follow Alaska's DST, switching between
> AKST and AKDT from now on.
> Based on:
> http://www.krbd.org/2015/10/30/annette-island-times-they-are-a-changing/
> Best regards,
> Steffen Thorsen - timeanddate.com
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