KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – Residents of a small town in southeast Alaska have voted for the community to observe daylight saving time.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports the Metlakatla Indian Community Council authorized the time change last month for the town of about 1,500 people on Annette Island.

Residents approved the change that aligns the local time to the state time zone in a special election in December.

The state merged its four time zones into one in 1983, but Metlakatla Mayor Karl Cook says the community decided to keep its time the same.

Cook says the time difference has recently presented problems to some residents in “keeping track of what time it was here, what time it was in Ketchikan and stuff like that.”

Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News,