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While the communities of Kotlik and Unalakleet have received attention from state-wide media and government following a large storm a week and a half ago, residents in Stebbins feel they have been ignored. During the storm, rushing water surged through homes and roads in Stebbins. Drying racks, smoke-houses, boats, steam houses, and several homes were damaged or destroyed. Flood waters poured in so rapidly that many residents were stranded in their homes until they could be rescued by a bulldozer.
Navajo code talkers were recognized more than a decade ago for their service in World War II.
They used their Native language as a code that the enemy was never able to crack, but until recently, no one knew that Tlingits from Southeast Alaska also served as code talkers.
They got their due Wednesday when Congress awarded a gold medal to the Tlingit and Haida Central Council. Much of their story remains a mystery.
Robert Jeff David Senior of Haines was a basketball legend in Southeast, a top fisherman and one of the first Sealaska board members. Charismatic and confident, he wasn’t one to keep his mouth shut when he had something to brag about. But his son, Jeff Jr., says he never said much about his service in the war.
“He told us he was in the Philippines during part of it; he said special services,” he said. “That’s probably all he could say.”
Jeff Junior says he only learned a few weeks ago that his dad, who died in the 1980s, was a Tlingit code talker.
At a Congressional ceremony attended by hundreds today, the Tlingits and 32 other tribes received congressional gold medals for their service to the nation as code talkers. They worked in pairs, usually over a radio.
During 48 hours on Iwo Jima, they say, 800 Native-language battle communications were received and translated. It took seconds, at a time when decoding by machine could take half an hour. House speaker John Boehner said the men undoubtedly saved lives.
“And after serving with honor they did the honorable thing, they kept their service a secret – even to those that they loved,” Boehner said.
The Defense Department declassified the Navajo program only in 1968. No one apparently, told Jeff David of Haines he could finally tell his story.
Former State Legislator Bill Thomas heard a few years ago the Defense Department was researching Tlingit code talkers. A few weeks ago he learned his old friend “Big Jeff” was one of them. Exactly what he did still isn’t known. Thomas says one of the mysteries is how the outspoken Jeff Sr. was able to keep quiet about it.
“I mean, I knew the guy all my life and I never knew, and my uncle Evans Willard was his best friend and I don’t think Evans knows,” Thomas said. “And we were talking last night, Evans is probably rolling in his grave or in heaven laughing at Big Jeff for having kept a secret for that long.”
Ozzie Sheakley received the Congressional Gold medal, on behalf of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida. Five individual Tlingit men, all deceased, were honored with silver medals. They are Jeff David, Richard Bean Sr., George Lewis, and brothers Harvey Jacobs and Mark Jacobs Senior. A little more of the service history is known of the Jacobs, who were from Sitka and Angoon. According to a history published in 2008, the brothers joined the Navy and skipped basic training to serve on picket boats, first in Southeast Alaska and the Aleutians, then in the South Pacific.
ConocoPhillips announced Wednesday that they are adding another new drill rig to the Kuparak oil field on the North Slope.
This is the second rig they’ve added this year since the new oil tax bill was signed into law. The drill rig they installed in May is producing 1,600 barrels of oil per day.
ConocoPhillips President Trod-Erik Johanson says the newest rig will start producing in January, but it’s not as easy to extract oil from the massive field as it used to be.
“The way we drill today, we could go further out on the flanks. We drill more convoluted well bores. We need more high-tech technology to go out there and do it,” Johanson said. ”And, yes, it is more difficult. So, it costs a lot of money, but under the current tax system we have now, after SB21 was passed, we can make this to go around and actually make economic sense. So, that’s why I’m doing it.”
Johanson says SB 21 also motivated his company to move ahead with their projects in the Greater Moose’s Tooth Field. They are applying for permits from the Bureau of Land Management. According to the BLM, it would be the first oil and gas produced from the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska and on federal lands in the state.
Johanson says the first step in developing NPR-A is finishing the infrastructure on Colville Delta Unit 5, which should start producing oil by late 2015. They already planned to develop that area even before the new tax plan.
If the Greater Moose’s Tooth Field is developed, it could add 30,000 barrels of oil to the pipeline per day.
Currently, oil production on the North Slope is declining by about 6% per year. Johanson spoke at the Resource Development Council conference in Anchorage.
The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has revised their proposed hydraulic fracking regulations again.
Some of the new rules aimed to give the public more information about the chemicals used in the controversial oil and gas extraction method.
However in the latest version, companies are allowed to withhold some information from the public in order to protect their trade secrets.
If the regulations are approved, companies could mark some formulas confidential and only the AOGCC would see them. If the public wanted the information they would have to seek a court order.
Barrett Ristroph with the Wilderness Society says this weakens the provisions that protect the public.
“Also, I think this is an issue of such great importance to the public, that the public should know ahead of time what’s going on in and around their property and the areas where they might hunt,” Ristroph said. “It shouldn’t have to take a court order, which can take months or even years, to get that information.”
Ristroph says waiting for a court order could be especially dangerous if there is a medical emergency potentially linked to ground water contamination.
During a hearing about the proposed regulations in October, oil industry representatives argued that the specific chemical mixtures for fracking fluids needed to be protected so that other companies did not steal them. They argued that without protections, they would not be willing to use their best recipes in Alaska.
Other changes in the regulations say that if landowners don’t give the operators permission to gather baseline data on their water wells then the companies will not have to test the wells later for contamination. Though baseline data gathering will be required, follow up testing will only be necessary if the commission requires it or a landowner complains.
The regulations will be discussed at a public hearing on January 15.
The state’s insurance director is resigning. Bret Kolb is leaving to become development director at Victory Ministries of Alaska, a bible camp and conference center based in Palmer. He has been on the job at the Division of Insurance for 18 months, during a time of incredible upheaval in the health insurance industry, with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Kolb says he doesn’t worry about leaving in the middle of that change:
“The division is well staffed. We have good people in place who understand the difficulties that are being faced. So between that and having a deputy director in place in Juneau who has insurance industry experience, I’m sure it will go on without a misstep.”
Kolb’s last day with the division will be December 19th. He’s working with health insurance companies now to figure out how to allow at least some individual plans that were supposed to be canceled starting in 2014 to continue. President Obama announced the so-called “fix” to the Affordable Care Act earlier this month following public outcry over canceled plans.
Kolb lives in the valley and says he’s looking forward to a much shorter commute with his new job.
The Anchorage Assembly heard final testimony Tuesday on what has become a controversial proposal to build a rec center in the city with indoor tennis courts.
The Assembly never asked for money for the project and accusations flew about how the tennis appropriation came about.
The tennis issue could not have come at a worse time for the Assembly. They’re finalizing their 2014 operating budget and preparing a capital budget request to send to Juneau, among other things.
The Assembly reordered the agenda to take care of more pressing issues and put tennis off until nearly the end of the night on what was a marathon day for the body. So at around 10 o’clock, a woman waiting to testify on tennis walked up to the podium without giving her name.
“I don’t know what the heck this even is but I am absolutely horrified at the way you guys are passing this around and not doing things in order. We’ve had the tennis people down here. We’re here to testify on something important … (Hall:) M’am we’ll get to you. Thank you. Thank you.”
The woman then walked out. About an hour later testimony was allowed. Assembly Chair Ernie hall acknowledged the delay.
“Now, Ladies and gentleman, our apologies,” Hall said. “We know that a lot of you are here to talk about tennis courts.”
“This is what we run into sometimes when we have a lot of testimony and we get things backed up.”
The Assembly has been considering whether or not to fund the Northern Lights Recreation Center, which would include indoor tennis courts. The Legislature approved millions of dollars for the project, but the Assembly never asked for it.
Tennis Association officials admitted they spoke with Mayor Dan Sullivan about the project and then lobbied Juneau directly, but did not consult the Assembly.
Racing the clock toward midnight, testimony from bleary-eyed supporters sounded like this:
“My name is Matt Henry. I think the Alaska Tennis Association did everything that we thought we were doing correctly to pass this through the public process.”
“My name is Scott Kolhaus. I’m also currently serving as the president of the Alaska Tennis Association. The issues that are being decided tonight are going to be decided this fall and tonight are the issues of whether or not high school tennis as we know it is gonna live or whether we’re gonna let it die.”
“I’m Zarina Clendaniel and I support building a public indoor tennis facility.”
But assembly members didn’t sound convinced and had questions about the appropriation.
Anchorage representative Lindsay Holmes, who holds a seat on the House Finance Committee reportedly secured money for the project.
Assembly member Bill Starr said he’d been doing some research on how the funding came about, and spoke with Republican Representative Bill Stoltz, co-chair of the House finance committee.
“I reached out to Bill Stoltz and he agreed to meet with me today along with chairman hall and Mr. Trombly and when I gave him the story that I had, and maybe it is a story,” Starr said. “I said what’s your story Mr. Stoltz. They said that Lindsay Holmes was told that she could have $4 million for that project. Does that make any difference in terms of legislative intent coming out of Juneau?”
Mayor Sullivan admitted that it was his office came up with the $10.5 million amount.
The Assembly chair says the body will likely take a vote on proposals related to the issue at their next meeting, Tuesday, Dec. 3.
The two proposals on the table would allocate less money for the project.
Earlier in the evening, the Assembly approved requesting $10.5 million for the facility in next year’s capital budget request to Juneau.
Anchorage residents will get relief from the clear and cold weather that has set in over the last few days, but the transition could be messy.
Forecasters expect temperatures to hover in the mid- to upper-teens on Thursday, with up to 2 inches of snow falling in the late afternoon and evening.
National Weather Service forecaster Bill Ludwig says the snow will likely turn into freezing rain early Friday morning, which will continue through most of the day.
“At this point, it really doesn’t look like we’ll have a heavy freezing rain event, that if we get some, it’ll be light, but sometimes you don’t need a whole lot to make things pretty nasty,” Ludwig said.
He says he expects less than a quarter of an inch of freezing rain accumulation.
Temperatures are likely to rise to around freezing by Friday afternoon. Then, between 3 and 5 inches of snow is expected Friday evening.
The National Weather Service is forecasting similar conditions for the Mat-Su Valley.
The federal government has finalized new guidelines on the use of sea otters by Alaska Natives. The change is aimed at better-defining a requirement that hides must be “significantly altered” in order to be considered authentic native handicrafts or clothing that can be sold to non-natives.
“These are guidelines and they are to help the native artisans to understand what exactly qualifies as significantly altered,” Andrea Medeiros is a spokesperson for the US Fish and Wildlife Service which has been working on the revised wording for more than a year
The final guidelines say a sea otter will be considered “significantly altered” when it’s not recognizable as a whole hide and has been made into handicrafts or clothing. The language goes on to define that in more detail.
It’s a positive step, according to the Sealaska Heritage Institute which teaches classes in the native tradition of skin sewing. SHI Chief Operating Officer Lee Kadinger says the new wording still needs some adjustment but, overall, he says SHI appreciates the change.
Kadinger thinks it helps clear up a term that, he says, has caused significant harm to artisans over the years, “Clarifying significantly altered to more align with the marine mammal protection acts original intent is…. we feel this language is going to help continue a tradition practiced since time immemorial without fear of prosecution….Protecting this inherent cultural right is not only good public policy but it supports and preserves cultural diversity and respects the traditions and lifestyles of Alaska Native people.”
The Fish and Wildlife Service’s new definition of “significantly altered” is very similar to language endorsed last year by the Alaska Federation of Natives. That’s with the exception of a line requiring that an otter skin be changed enough that it cannot be easily converted back to an unaltered hide or a piece of hide. According to Kadinger, S-H-I is concerned over the words “piece of hide” since it would be hard to prevent someone from cutting a piece of fur from finished clothing or handicrafts.
“We feel it is acceptable to require individuals, or an item, that cannot be converted back into an unaltered hide. Conversely, we feel including the few words ‘cannot be easily converted back into a piece of hide’ is unnecessary and problematic. So the real issue there is the four words ‘piece of hide’ that we hope to continue to work with Fish and Wildlife service to understand what that part means,” says Kadinger.
Sea otters are a federally-protected species and only coastal Alaska Natives are allowed hunt them. The revised language was, in part, prompted by concerns that unclear regulations and past enforcement actions had discouraged native use of the animals.
According to the agency, the final guidelines are based on input from a 2012 workshop with native artisans and hunters as well as extensive public comments on draft language that came out last spring.
Some commenters had found the draft language too restrictive. Others opposed the change as an attempt to weaken protections and encourage more hunting for the animals which have come into conflict with some of Alaska’s fisheries.
The state of Alaska has more time to develop a plan to improve Fairbanks air quality. An Environmental Protection Agency deadline that passed last year is now December 31, 2014. The new timeline also comes with more stringent requirements related to addressing Fairbanks wintertime fine particulate pollution.
Anchorage police say an 18-year-old man found badly beaten in an abandoned downtown house two months ago likely had been attacked two to three days before he was found.
James Clinton was rescued by police Sept. 16 after an anonymous note was left at with University of Alaska Anchorage police.
Anchorage police have arrested four men in the case: 19-year-old Iosia Fiso, 20-year-old Trevvor Trobough, 21-year-old Tye Manning and 22-year-old Michael Liufau.
The Anchorage Daily News reports the four are charged with felony assault and hindering prosecution. Liufau is also charged with coercion.
The beating left Clinton in a coma for weeks.
A 28-year-old man is accused of beating a Healy man with a baseball bat in an apparent case of mistaken identity.
Joshua R. Sanford of Healy is charged with felony assault.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says Sanford was arrested Thursday and being held on $25,000 bail at Fairbanks Correctional Center.
Sanford’s attorney, Bill Satterberg, says he is not commenting on the case now.
According to court documents, Alaska state troopers were called Oct. 26 by a man who was driving his injured brother to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
The documents say the injured man told troopers he was at a friend’s house when he was hit on the head from behind. The documents say a witness identified the attacker as Sanford and that he thought he hit someone else.
Though many Anchorage lakes aren't yet suitable for ice skating, that didn't stop some intrepid souls from making their way out to the shallow waters of Potter Marsh Wednesday morning. And a storm system could make Anchorage roads as slick as its lakes.November 20, 2013