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Here’s the music playlist from Rock Island Line with Steve Grabacki and Marianne Kerr. All tracks played are listed below in the following format:
- Song Title
- Artist / Composer
- CD Title
Rock Island Line
Little Richard with Fishbone
Folkways: A Vision Shared
Pack Up Your Sorrows
Richard and Mimi Farina
Greatest Folksingers of the ‘Sixties
Gordon Lightfood Summertime Dream
Puff the Magic Dragon
Peter Paul and Mary
Peter Paul and Mary Around the Campfire
New Christy Minstrels featuring Barry McGuire
Time Life Treasury of Folk Music Volume 1
Time Life Music
Last Thing on My Mind
Time Life Treasury of Folk Music Volume 2
Time Life Music
John Gaudie Medley
Fairport Convention A
Lasting Spirit-The Collection
Early Morning Rain
Ian & Sylvia
Song for Judith (Open the Door)
The Very Best of Judy Collins
Time Life Treasury of Folk Music
Volume 1 Time Life Music
Lincoln Park Pirates
Troubles Buddha Records
The Best of Eric Clapton
Blowin’ in the Wind
Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits
I’ll Never Find Another You
Time Life Treasury of Folk Music Volume 2
Time Life Music
Walk Right In
The Rooftop Singers
Greatest Folksingers of the ‘Sixties
The Marvelous Toy
Chad Mitchell Trio
The Chad Mitchell Trio
The Mercury Years
Jay Unger and Molly Mason with Fiddle Fever Songs of the Civil War
The Sealaska Corporation is trying to renegotiate its land settlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The company hopes to select nearly 70,000 acres and revive the all-but-shuttered logging industry in the Tongass National Forest.
Congressman Don Young’s bill would let the company do just that.
“If we don’t pass this bill, they will select lands with old grown timber and harvest the old growth timber,” he said at a committee markup Wednesday afternoon.
Sealaska has been trying to select new acres for decades. If it does not, it still has the rights to land around a number of Southeast Native villages.
The Alaska Congressional delegation has repeatedly introduced the land transfer legislation but failed to pass it out of Congress.
At the House hearing, no members showed any opposition to the bill when it was introduced, so passage was a foregone conclusion. Young nodded and winked at the few Democrats who voted in favor.
As the reading clerk read the tally, Sealaska CEO Chris McNeil, who was flanked by two lobbyists in the back row, grinned.
Afterword, he said he’s happy with the movement of the bill and he predicts will pass this Congress.
“We’re expecting a markup in the Senate, possibly next week,” he said. “If it’s reported out, they’ll both be postured in a more favorable plan than it has been in the past.”
McNeil said this go-around, the corporation has the calendar on its side because it’s still relatively early in the Congressional term.
Not everyone is excited by the movement. Some, like Myla Poelstra, say Congress settled the issue back in 1976, and now Sealaska is trying to pick and choose prime logging lands.
Poelstra, who lives in Edna Bay on Kosciusko Island, said the community has about 65 year round residents. And in the village are two small scale commercial saw mills that rely on small timber sales and restoration contracts from the Forest Service.
“Sealaska is taking those same lands. It’s economic dislocation in order to give Sealaska better timber,” she said in a Wednesday phone interview.
Poelstra said the most recent legislation would allow Sealaska to take over land two miles outside of town. Poelstra runs the Post Office and general store in town and worries Edna Bay would be decimated if this land transfer goes through. Businesses, she said, need to see economic viability to operate in such a small, remote community.
“Once the numbers drop below thresholds that are practical for maintaining a business – and that’s for phones, internet – those services no longer exist,” she said. She predicted the school would likely close, too.
Poelstra, like everyone else, is left waiting.
The Senate version is slightly different from Young’s bill, but it’s expected the differences can be tweaked. There’s no indication either version will make it to the floor anytime soon.
In 2011, Arne Fuglvog pleaded guilty to illegal fishing and had to spend five months in jail. It was a mighty fall for a man who was then serving as an advisor to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and who had once been considered for the top fisheries management post in the country. Now Fuglvog is back — as a lobbyist. But APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports, Alaska’s senators aren’t giving him access.
Fuglvog lobbies for four different fishing companies. This spring, he got in touch with Sen. Mark Begich’s office on behalf of his clients, and staff talked with him.
It’ll be the only contact he gets. From here on out, Begich says that his office won’t be taking Fuglvog’s calls.
“In his case, in the business that he’s in, he’s very well — like I said — informed. He made a mistake. He paid for it. But at the same time, around the fishing industry issue, we want to make sure that we’re talking to a much broader group of people. It’s the policy of our office.”
Begich adds that initially, he didn’t know that Fuglvog was lobbying his office or other senators.
“He met with everybody. And when I became aware of it, I said, ‘That’s not happening.’”
Fuglvog denies contacting other congressional offices.
Fuglvog’s former boss also says she won’t take meetings with him. In a recent interview with Kodiak member station KMXT, Murkowski said that the companies who hired Fuglvog should send someone else to lobby her.
“We won’t be seeing him in our office. We’ve got a policy that if you have worked for me that there needs to be a separation between work and any access in terms of lobbying of two years, and so, that will be in place in our office.”
Fuglvog left his Senate position one year and ten months ago. Murkowski’s office wasn’t able to clarify whether they would consider taking meetings with him starting in August.
In the KMXT interview, Murkowski also explained that she understood why some politicians would consult with him.
“I think those who know him recognize that he has a significant understanding of the fisheries and the research and Alaska’s fisheries. And he’s going to be working with folks to help them as they seek to advance their priorities.”
There is one member of Alaska’s congressional delegation who is open to meeting with Fuglvog: Rep. Don Young.
“Since Arne Fuglvog left Senator Murkowski’s office in 2011, he has not met with or reached out to Congressman Young or staff,” wrote spokesperson Mike Anderson in an e-mail. “That being said, Congressman Young has an open door policy, and should Mr. Fuglvog like to meet with the Congressman on issues pertaining to Alaska, he is more than welcome to.”
For his part, Fuglvog says he hasn’t asked for any meetings with any members of Congress and that he doesn’t intend to.
“My lobbying is very limited and interactions with Congress are minimal. Registering to lobby is important but still a formality to make sure that we are transparent about who we are working for,” Fuglvog wrote in an e-mail. “I am just working on behalf of some members of the fishing industry, the same as dozens and dozens of other advocates. Doing exactly the same thing I always have- working on behalf of the fishing industry to make things better.”
This story has been updated to include comment from Fuglvog.
The commander of the Army National Guard unit that operates the missile-defense facility at Fort Greely has been suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct at the base – and accusations he failed to address the problem.
About 30 adults and children called for equality and greater subsistence fishery protection Wednesday morning in the ‘Idle No More’ rally in downtown Juneau. Several wore Native regalia, chanted songs, and danced as people took turns talking over a megaphone.
“The Pollock industry is coming into our water and has been for several years taking the fish away from our children and from our elders and our fish are dwindling in great numbers now and our people are struggling to try and get the fish to feed their children and to survive,” Bethel- resident Timothy Andrew says through the megaphone.
Andrew is with the Association of Village Council Presidents. He wants to spread awareness of the importance of salmon to Native Alaskans, economically, socially, physically, and culturally. Andrew highlights the Bering Sea Pollock fishery which results in high numbers of chinook salmon by-catch.
Rally participants cited ongoing subsistence fishing problems in western Alaska due to recent restrictions placed on the Yukon River by state and federal agencies, and last year’s closure on the Kuskokwim River. Susettna King is a Juneau resident and member of ANS Camp 70.
“I think it’s time they leave the land to us. We’re not going to go in there and slaughter thousands and thousands of fish. We’re going to take what we need and leave the rest so nature comes back and we’ve done that for years. And they should let us better regulate what is leaving our land and what is coming back.”
Other rally concerns include tribal representation, decline of salmon stocks, environmental stewardship, and cruise ship waste water.
George Pletnikoff of Greenpeace and Alaska Inter-tribal Council said the rally was organized by the AVCP, ANB Camp 70, Kawerak Inc in Nome, and supported by Green Peace. Rally organizers were in Juneau to attend parts of the week-long North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting, which concluded yesterday.
Cruise ship tourists stopped to take photos of the march through downtown Juneau. The ‘Idle No More’ rally ended in front of Centennial Hall where a joint meeting was held yesterday between the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and Alaska Board of Fish.
Here’s the music playlist from the March 16, 2013 edition of Soul to Soul with Marvel and Sherry Johnson. All tracks played are listed below in the following format:
- Song Title
- Artist Name
At Your Best (You Are Love)
Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number
Your Precious Love
Classic R&B Collection – Disc 3
Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing
Classic R&B Collection 1967-1969
Your All I Need To Get By
Top R&B Hits 1968
If This World Were Mine
Classic R&B Collection – Disc 3
Juicy Smooth Grooves
After Hours (2000)
A Thin Line Between Love And Hate
We Can Get Down
Red Light Special
Yearning For Your Love
One More Chance
Best Of Maxi Priest
Don’t Leave Me
I Adore Mi Amor
Color Me Badd
The first King salmon are being caught on the Kuskokwim River and state managers don’t foresee any restrictions for at least a few weeks. Fishermen on the Kuskokwim River can use 8 inch King nets right now, something that was highly restricted last year due to a very poor run. The State’s preseason data calls for another low return this year but so far, managers say there’s no reason to restrict fishing.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game began its test fishery project at Bethel June 1. Workers fish the tides and compare their catches to past years in order to see how the run is doing. It’s a main indicator when it comes to managing the subsistence fishery.
The test fishery caught the first King salmon on June 8. State manager, Travis Elison, says the run is likely about a week late. He says they are cautiously optimistic about the run and they don’t foresee any fishing closures at least until later in the month.
“So, the recommendation for right now is to remain with the main stem of the Kuskokwim open to subsistence fishing to all gear types, unrestricted gill net mesh meaning you can use large mesh gear for King salmon,” Elison says.
The recommendation was shared in a large teleconference meeting of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group. During the meeting, several fishermen up and down the river shared fishing reports which showed that Kings are being caught in the lower part of the river.
James Charles is from Tuntutuliak, about 50 miles downriver of Bethel near the Bering Sea coast. He says even though there is still some snow on the ground there, he has caught 23 Kings since last week. He says that he also caught five reds and a few chums and that other fishermen are catching salmon too.
“People are pleased with what they are catching this time,” Charles says. “I see some fish on the fish racks, not like last year.”
Bethel’s Tribe, Orutsararmuit Native Council, is again conducting subsistence surveys of families near Bethel. They surveyed 16 families about their fishing to June 10th. Many families reported that they were drying smelts but five families said they were starting to fish for salmon, either with set or drift nets.
About 30 miles upriver, Mike Williams Sr. of Akiak says some fishermen are catching Kings in their set nets but there is little drifting happening because most families are working on getting their fish camps ready. But he says they are hearing good reports from the nearby village of Akiachak and fishermen there are averaging between three and five Kings per drift.
“Fishers in Akiachak caught Kings a week ago,” Williams says. “And I think a good portion of them are passing by quickly.”
Most fishermen in the middle and upper Kuskokwim River reported that residents are concentrating on catching white and shee fish now before the salmon arrive.
The very first King salmon have been caught in Kalskag and Aniak within the last two days.
Sport fishing is a major part of life in the upper Susitna Valley, but a combination of low numbers and a late break-up are making life difficult for both Fish and Game and area fishing guides.
There’s some concern about efforts to advance a North Slope to Fairbanks natural gas trucking project. The issue came up at a Fairbanks City Council meeting this week, where a primary focus was whether a borough created public utility is competing with a private company to carry out the sate supported project.
Several Juneau teenagers are heading to the nation’s best dance programs this summer – one is even going to Russia. Within the next few weeks, five students from Juneau Dance Unlimited will leave Alaska to practice their techniques and expand their horizons in New York City, Pittsburgh, Boston, Houston, and Moscow.
14-year-old Marissa Truitt has been dancing for ten years.
“You just get such a great feeling when you dance, a really good feeling that I don’t get from doing anything else.”
For 16-year-old Maire New, dance is discipline.
“You’re always striving towards perfection in dance, so for me that’s really a fun thing to work on every day.”
Summer for most teenagers is the time to relax and spend time with friends. For these girls, summer means dancing in some of the country’s most competitive and rigorous programs. Truitt is heading to the Pittsburg Ballet Theater. New will start with a 3-week program at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in New York City, then travel to Moscow for further intensive dance study and language acquisition.
15-year-old Gabrielle Duvernay says dance is a priority.
“It always comes first, I mean my family of course, but it definitely comes before friends. It’s mainly in the front of my mind all the time.”
In January, Duvernay traveled to Seattle to audition in front of artistic directors and ballet masters from the country’s best dance companies. She applied for five programs, got into two, was waitlisted for one, and finally decided on the Boston Ballet School.
All three girls dance up to 7 days a week. On at least three of these days, they’re at JDU’s studio taking classical technique ballet class with artistic director Philip Krauter.
Krauter describes his teaching style as demanding yet kind.
“The ones that are serious about their training usually are self-critical themselves; they don’t need any more from me. I try to give them as much positive, correct information as I can to train them properly and then it’s up to them to take it and do something with it.”
Truitt says there is a lot of pressure from other girls associated with dancing in these summer programs, “especially during auditions, like weird eye looks at people and like, ‘Am I better than her?’ and all this really unnecessary pressure.”
When asked how she deals with that, Truitt says, “You just have to ignore everything and focus on you and the teacher and the music and know what you’re doing and realizing that you love ballet, you’ll do it no matter what, even if people are judging you.”
Despite the stress and self-criticism, the girls see the upside of working hard and pursuing their passion. For New, ballet has opened doors to the Russian language. When she studied dance at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in New York City last year, her teachers taught in Russian.
“If you would be going across the floor and they’d yell, ‘Khorosho’. That would mean good, so that was nice to hear, and then if you were doing something wrong, they might say, ‘Net’, which means no, but they might say it multiple times; that’s really bad.”
As a recipient of a competitive scholarship through the US Department of State, New will spend six weeks this summer in Moscow studying Russian language, culture and ballet at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.
Dancers at this level rely on their families for emotional and financial support. Tuition and housing for the summer dance programs cost around 5-thousand dollars; airfare is separate. Truitt worked as a dance assistant at JDU and saved 8-hundred-dollars to help pay program fees. New has applied for fine arts scholarships through the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.
Dancing is a family affair. New’s father is a veterinarian and her mother, Diana Ross-Miller, works at his clinic. She says being a supportive parent involves endless encouragement and sacrifices.
“Certainly the time involved in just simply having her be at the studio so much dancing and training is very intense and takes away from other possibilities. Like for example, on this beautiful day, we might not be going to the beach for a long walk with our dog because we’re taking her to the studio to go dance, so there are definitely trade-offs but we think in the long run it’s really worth it.”
The girls, including Duvernay, hope all the sacrifices, training, and auditions will lead to a dance career, “but I also am going to college. That’s one definite that I’ve always kept through my life. I’m going to college because if I get a career crushing injury then I have to have something to fall back on. I can’t just rely on my body for my whole life. I think I’m going to get a business degree,” Duvernay says.
Truitt says if she can’t be a professional dancer, she’d like to attend college and become a nutritionist or physical therapist. New’s ultimate dream is to join a professional ballet company after high school and get her college degree while dancing.