Thursday, November 25, 2010

Miller, Please Concede the Race reported this story about a week ago.

I supported Miller. I respect Miller's service to the country, and I also agree with many of Miller's ideologies. I still proudly support Miller and have signs hanging on my house and have campaign stickers on my truck, but Miller please concede the race. You will become a more respectable candidate in the future if you concede right now.

There is no doubt Alaska still likes Murkowski. Mr. Miller, I respectly ask you to concede the race because democracy is democracy. Majority ballots went to that liberal. You made a good run, and there might always be a next time. Thank you.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Check out the Link

What in the heck is going on with our fricken world? Murkowski paying for the recount?

If I am not mistaken, isn't the State of Alaska, Division of Elections the department that should ensure our democracy is upheld? I am sure employees at the Division of Elections make an effort to ensure that each ballot is counted.

It is apparent that arrogant Daddy's girl does not trust employees who count the ballots. Let her lawyer up. Senator, please keep demonstrating how arrogant you really are. Good Riddance with the ballot counts.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Alcohol Advisory Vote in Bethel, Alaska

Proposition #1
Should the City of Bethel support a liquor license application for a liquor store within the City of Bethel?
257 Yes, 456 NO
Proposition #2
Should the City of Bethel support a liquor license application for a bar within the City of Bethel?
190 Yes, 524 NO
Proposition #3
Should the City of Bethel support a liquor license application for a restaurant or eating establishment within the City of Bethel?
259 Yes, 452 NO
Proposition #4
Should the City of Bethel support a liquor license application of any other type within the City of Bethel?
205 Yes, 496 NO
Proposition #5
Should the City of Bethel support the City to apply for a liquor license and the operation of a city owned liquor store?
304 Yes, 396 NO

Election results speak for themselves. I did not have a chance to vote during the election this time around, but I would have voted NO on all of the questions. These results do not mean that Bethel can have alcohol sales, but authorization comes from the ABC Board.

Right after local option passed on October 6, 2009, it actually crossed my mind to apply for a liquor license. My business would have been called Aurora Liquors.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

To subsist or not to subsist

The Alaska Federation of Natives 2009 Convention was from October 22 - 24 in Anchorage, Alaska at the Denina Civic Center with many enthused attendees seeing long lost friends and relatives.

The convention's theme centered around an extremely touchy subject, which is subsistence. I managed to download a copy of the AFN resolutions that were passed during the convention. I will break down some of the "whereas" clauses down and add in my own two cents.

"Whereas: In 1990, the federal government was forced to assume management authority over customary and traditional subsistence activities on federal public lands and waters because the State of Alaska failed to adequately enact a subsistence priority for rural Alaskans"
-Seems like a reasonable action by the feds, but it is still the state of Alaska that manages much of the natural resources. If this is the case, why did I head out caribou hunting last season with such ease? Why did my parents harvest their king salmon without any problems? We've been foraging for food these many years without telling us what we can't hunt and can hunt.

"Whereas: The Sectretaries of the Interior....delegated to the Federal Subsistence Board the authority to manage fish and wildlife..."
-WELL DUH! I think this has always been the case. The last time I checked the state of Alaska only issues fines and citations of those who don't follow the Federal Subsistence Board's direction.

"Whereas: The current federal subsistence management scheme has failed to protect traditional subsistence users, and Alaska Natives..."
-Hmm. Let me see. It the Subsistence Board that is made up of hmm...regional delegetes from throughout the state. Such as EDs/CEOs from Native organizations that make or recommend policy, and now the AFN is going after them because some peopel did not want to pay a $500 fine?

"Amend ANILCA to provide for Alaska Native Peoples customary and tradtional hunting, fishing, and gathering rights Plus Rural subsistence priority"
-GUESS WHAT? I still practice subsistence with minimal impedence from somebody. I do have to get a green ticket which is about $25 bucks. Plus a harvest tags for caribou and big game. Plus another 100 bucks for a permit. Total: $125 per year. Seesh people. Quit your whining.

Elvis is back from the Dead

I remember my parents would listen to music of a particular era that some of us would refer to as the infancy of Rock N Roll during those long winter evenings in Napakiak. I used to loathe these moments because the popular music of my time was Pop.

Fast forward to the future. Have you ever seen the movie Brother Bear? This movie depicts of the events that attempt to explain why a bear's skeletal structure is similar to a human being. If you had not skinned or butchured a bear, I have to say that it is quite disgusting that you may be skinning your bro human. I do not agree with those popular theories that the closest relation to the human is the chimp, but I more tend to believe the closest animal to the human is the bear.

I don't know if you see the resememblence, but I personally think this bear is ready to sing Jailhouse Rock. Either Elvis is back from the dead or Elvis had close relatives that we did not know about.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sen. Albert Kookesh Gets $500 Fishing Citation

My advice to the Senator? Pay the damn thing just like the rest of us.
I remember during commercial fishing openings I have received a few citations. I've had unmarked buoys, unmarked boats, no PFD in the boat, and an expired registration on my boat.
The difference between myself and the Senator is this: I OWNED my mistakes Senator. I paid'em all, and I signed forms that said I done all those things.
Senator Kookesh begins his whining when given a $500 ticket. If I recall Senator, every citation given to me has information on the back that says you agree or not agree with the offense. Since I was the offender of a particular citation, I promtly signed it and paid it.
If Senator Kookesh want to fight his charges, he needs to follow the procedure and request the courts to give him a proper hearing so that he can fight the charges against instead of blabbering all over the public spectrum.
Since Al Kookesh is an elected official, his character and tone is going to be judged on how he is going to proceed with this citation.

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Teachable Moment?

There is no point in denying that the YK Delta has many unique differences and challenges from the rest of the United States. I’ve lived in Fairbanks, which some rural Alaskans refer to as one of the “big” cities, and I enjoyed the duration of my stay there. If I can just convince my family to move there, I would take that opportunity again considering some of my friends continue to live in the interior.

There are some statistics that I would like to mention so that some can better understand the issues facing the YK Delta. There are at least three census districts in the YK Delta comparable to the size of the state of Washington.

According to the Alaska Department of Labor and Statistics 2000 census, this region has over 23,000 people. The median age population reported was at 23.8 years. The region also has the youngest census district in all of the United States, which is the Wade-Hampton Census district.
For some of us living the region, we are not involved in many local elections due to a number of reasons. First, the majority of us are not shareholders to our local and regional corporations. We were born after 1971. If I was to call up shareholder services in Anchorage to ask for an annual report, I would be denied of that service.

Second, the Yup’ik Culture is quite similar to the Soviet system. Young ones have to listen to the old ones. Teens listen to elders. Mentors lecture mentees on life. This type of a society has long gone and will never come back because of modern necessities such as computers, cell phones, and the internet.

When I ran against Senator Lyman Hoffman as a Republican, I’ve had numerous comments from local elders that I should not be running for office because I’m too young. They said that I don’t have much life experience to be running against an experienced veteran of the Alaska Legislature.

My elders will never allow young voters to participate in local and regional elections. We are even encouraged not to participate in tribal or city council meetings. They see it as a joke when there is a young, motivated Alaska Native wanting to change a few things. Some of us young Alaska Natives consider guys like Nick Tucker as elitists. These guys are our leaders from the past and will continue to be our leaders until they start stepping down.

I hold no grudge against my elders or folks like Mr. Tucker. KTUU’s Rhonda McBride reports:
  • "Our subsistence way of life and culture is unique to our country," Nick Tucker of Emmonak said. "And once they become extinct, you will have lost sacred values and teachings."
May I remind Nick Tucker that the extinction of the Yupik lifestyle and culture has already begun. For example, Akiak is a small community a few miles upriver from Bethel. The youth in Akiak do not speak the Yup’ik Language. Many children between the ages of 5 to 12 in the YK Delta are speaking more and more English. It is a very sad situation, and I am living to see it happen.

Rhonda McBride further writes,"'People in our villages shouldn't have to cry for food, wondering where their next meal is going to be, or if they're going to be warm for the evening,' Tucker said."

I have countless situations when I host friends and family when they do not make it home. We use this time to reminisce of the times we played together as kids. We even hear horrible stories from one another. During the so called food crisis, I was shocked to hear some communities, these villages might not be on the Yukon, threw away excess prepared foods like salmon, pike fish, and even seal oil. You know how hard it is to get seal oil in the interior villages?

Furthermore, many of the families who are in a “food crisis” are also eligible for low income programs like food stamps or Temporary Assistance or Low Income Heating Assistance. I think it is time to take personal responsibility and utilize these programs. I remember when I was on food stamps we did just fine. We always had surplus supply of food by the end of each month.

Welfare programs like food stamps will never be discontinued by congress. My advice to my elders is how about using your influence, wisdom, leadership, and life experience and live through this tradition of the Yup’ik lifestyle of teachings and sacred values and teach the younger generation personal responsibility.