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Tribal citizens returned Benjamin Miyasato, Lawrence “Woody” Widmark, and Harvey Kitka to the Sitka Tribal Council, in elections held Tuesday (11-13-13). Former council member Thomas Gamble also won a seat. He last served in 2008.
Louise Brady and Stephanie Edenshaw were the runners-up, falling short by just a few votes. Despite having open voting at the Sheetka Kwan Community House for two weeks prior to election day, turnout was disappointingly low. While around 1,900 people in Sitka are eligible to vote in the council elections, Tribal officials estimate that only 140 people cast ballots to fill the four open seats.
Ben Miyasato, who will reclaim his seat as vice-chairman, received the most votes, with 107.
Miyasato says, “what surprised me was that the turnout was extremely low but at the same time that is sending a message that they’re not happy with their tribal government which is understandable given the financial difficulty they’re under. We hear your message.”
Also noting the low turnout, Gamble has this message for tribal citizens. “…I guess just this message to the tribal citizens that in order for positive change to happen their involvement is going to be requested continuously.”
The election results will be certified at the next council meeting on November 20th. The new terms for elected officials will begin December 1.
More than seven years since their previous releases, Sony and Microsoft are debuting new versions of their popular game consoles — PlayStation and Xbox. Hard-core gamers are excited, but once that initial rush is over, Sony and Microsoft will have to work a lot harder to expand beyond that market.
Anchorage has become embroiled in an appropriations debate. Legislative money for tennis courts – or ice rinks. Some assembly members want to crack down on towing firms. The municipality is exploring a plan to unify the fire and police dispatch. The Anchorage Assembly has been working on Title 11, regulating taxis. Alaska Airlines says it will allow passengers to use more electronic devices. Food trucks have become popular in many American cities. Anchorage is seeing them too – but there are questions about these mobile kitchens as Sean details.
HOST: Michael Carey
- Paul Jenkins, Anchorage Daily Planet
- Daysha Eaton, KSKA
- Sean Doogan, Alaska Dispatch
KSKA (FM 91.1) BROADCAST: Friday, November 15 2013 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Alaska Public Television BROADCAST: Friday, November 15 2013 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday November 16 , 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
"When we pull back the curtain now, the mess is disturbing," says House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., of the latest revelations. These documents call into question whether contractors can fix the website as promised by the end of November.
Sea cucumber fishing is winding down for commercial divers in Southeast Alaska. There is another opening Monday but the fleet is very close to reaching its overall quota and boats have begun calling it quits. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is reporting a catch of just over one-million, four-hundred and sixty-four thousand pounds to date.
“We have about a million and a half pounds harvested. That includes some areas that went over their GHL’s a little bit so there’s still approximately 70 thousand pounds in the Ketchikan area to be harvested and a little bit left in the Juneau area,” says Justin Breese, Assistant Area Management Biologist in Ketchikan.
Divers get short, weekly openings to target cucumbers. Each fishing area is closed once the fleet reaches the guideline harvest level or GHL there. The first opening was October 7th.
Breese say this year’s cucumber price has averaged around five dollars a pound, “Which is pretty good and it drew quite a few people out and that’s one of the reasons a lot of some of the smaller areas got more effort than they were anticipating in several different smaller areas.”
Nearly 200 divers have participated in this year’s sea cucumber fishery.
President Obama admitting to fumbling the ball on the healthcare website. But is 'sorry' enough - or does someone have to be sidelined? Host Michel Martin talks to the Barbershop guys about the week's news. Writer Jimi Izrael, Corey Dade of The Root, law professor Paul Butler and healthcare consultant Neil Minkoff weigh in.
The House has approved a Republican-sponsored bill that would allow insurance companies to continue offering policies that would be canceled under the Affordable Care Act. The Keep Your Health Plan Act was adopted by a vote of 261-157, with the support of 39 Democrats.
In early 2010, we got a phone call from George Harbeson who was interested in talking about his family homestead and their interest in conserving the property in honor of his parents. Over the course of three years we had many visits with George and his siblings to draft the conservation and listen to their stories of homesteading when they were young, their numerous wildlife encounters including seeing baby Beluga whales frolicking at the mouth of O’Brien Creek and sticklebacks marooned in puddles on the flats, as well as many touching memories about their parents. We are so thankful for the opportunity to have gotten to know this special family and to be part of honoring their parents by helping them conserve their family lands.
The following was submitted to GLT by George Harbeson when asked to write an article for our newsletter about conserving their homestead:
Harbeson Homestead Joins the Great Land Trust Effort
By George Harbeson Jr.
George Harbeson (Sr.) of Marcella, filled with the pioneer spirit of adventure, plans to leave his present home, towards the end of August, and with his family start off on a 5,000-mile trip by car to Wasilla, Alaska. He hopes to complete the trip in seventeen days…
So began our family’s fifty-nine year (and counting) ramble with Alaska, as reported by a local New Jersey newspaper. We arrived in Wasilla in late August 1954, where my father was hired to teach. In 1959 he filed homesteading papers on a small isolated but scenic parcel near Knik and our waltz with the natural environment stepped up a notch. It was high adventure for us kids, but was a dance which for several years must have given my mother nagging misgivings, for while living so integrated with the environment can be rewarding, so, too, it can be an ordeal.
We camped out in the woods the first summer and built a basement to live in until finishing our log home atop it in 1967. The land embraced the basement on four sides and… the sky watered us through our tarred flat roof. Evidence of nature’s grip in winter was seen in the quarter-inch of frost lining some of the inside block walls.
Our three-quarter mile drive in from the Knik-Goosebay Road provided spectacular Cook Inlet scenery, but was often fraught with much travail: mud and deep ruts, ice, snow, rain, dust, and vehicular breakdowns.
We slogged about in the woods acquiring firewood, hauled water, explored the tidal flats and surrounding forests, visited with wildlife, set out subsistence nets for salmon, fished the creeks, picked berries, tended gardens, rescued a raven and a seal, two-stepped to the ‘64 quake, and wandered about with abandon in Nature’s schoolhouse—accompanied by the terrain and weather and the classrooms of the changing seasons at every step. And all under the vast realm and drama of Cook Inlet and its broad expanse of sky.
But that environment sustained both my parents at the end of their lives, especially in my mother Katy’s unfulfilled wish during the final days of her cancer to return to the natural solitude and peace of our homestead home.
When our initial homesteading efforts began decades ago, well-known Alaskan Virginia “Ginny” Hill Wood had then advised us Alaskans, “This is the last great wilderness left under the American flag, almost the world. Our children and their children deserve to find some of it as wild, unspoiled, as unique, and as exciting as we have found it.”
Thus, my sisters and brothers Lee Anna, Becky, Richard, and Peter, and I, along with the spirit of our parents George and Katy, feel gratified that our partnership with Great Land Trust will share and honor Ginny’s vision, Alaska, and the environment.
For those interested in a firsthand account of Wasilla, Knik, and the Harbeson and other families’ experiences in the years after the era of the Matanuska Colonists, George’s book, Homesteaders in the Headlights, is available in independent bookstores and gift shops around the state.