Dumpling Mountain - Katmai National Park: https://explore.org/livecams/brown-bears/dumpling-mountain-brown-bear-salmon-cams
Alaska has the highest violent crime rate in the nation. So does their Attorney General want to ramp up law enforcement? Nope, he’d rather arrest librarians. #Alaska #BookBanning #libraries https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid0MUNvyQenUo4sHqN9u62u34UWBiVRJey5zW2edbiS3uJcyVqX9r6KEYWubS9ZQ5e7l&id=100001741803107
6:15AM: 44F & cloudy.
One thing about rain in the SE: if you keep predicting it long enough it will eventually happen. (I'm looking at you, NWS...WTH was up the last few days??)
The wind started around midnight-ish so our first (of now 3!) gales is upon us. There was a bit of rain, but it's paused right now.
Now we're supposed to have heavy rainy weather through Wed. 🤷♀️
In other news, our cultural-Christmas/Yule decorating is complete.
Petition: Tell Biden to Stop the Willow Project in Alaska #Alaska #environment #WillowProject https://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/petition-tell-biden-stop-willow-project-alaska/
In Interior #Alaska, a company is preparing to start production at a controversial gold mine near the Native Village of Tetlin. Tribal members claim their leaders broke laws when agreeing to the project, alleging years of corruption and back-door deals.
If you watched "Killers of the Flower Moon," you may be interested in reading this @grist investigation: https://grist.org/indigenous/an-alaska-native-tribal-council-greenlit-a-gold-mine-some-tribal-members-arent-happy/
7:00AM: 40F, mostly cloudy.
Just cloudy today which is fine with me. I need to get a walk in! Then it will be on to decorating our cedar Christmas tree. (Of course pics to follow.)
We have a "potent low" heading our way early Monday bringing rain for Sitka and a decent gale out front.
My partner hasn't been able to get the boat out for weeks and he's getting stir-crazy. We need venison for the freezer and he needs his Goddard hot spring fix. 🤣
Here's another list that may be helpful... #USRegionalNews sources (random order) that I've come across. Feel free to suggest accounts to follow...
Regional US News
@sarahstierch Journalist. I write about weather, wildfires and other subjects relevant to #Mendocino County for the Mendocino Voice. I cover portions of #Sonoma, #Napa, and #Marin on social media. #California
Alaska's autumn 2023 climate highlights. Fatalities-causing landslide near Wrangell with a wetter than normal autumn contributing; the snowiest November on record at Anchorage; late first freeze but early winter snowpack in the Interior and a mild November all around. No surprise, sea ice and even river ice running behind schedule. #akwx #Alaska #Climate #Autumn2023
#Wrangell #Alaska #landslide Update 1 December: The remains of 65-year-old Otto Florschutz were found and recovered on 30 November: https://www.facebook.com/share/p/w7nKkahgRiMKVmcM/?mibextid=WC7FNe.
But little Derek Heller, age 12, is still missing as of 1 December.
With #Israel resuming the genocide, protests in the US picking up again, in states like #NewYork #NewJersey #Texas #Florida #NewHampshire #Colorado #Georgia #California #DC #Maryland #Oregon #Alaska
Please find one near you and boost 🌝
We knew we were way to early to see the aurora at Starrigaven but we went anyway. Then we came back across the bridge to one of the best views of Sitka, with or without the Northern Lights.
I know someone will be out around 11 tonight and will get awesome pics. It just won't be me! 🤣
Here’s another interesting story about how some people in the little community of #Wrangell #Alaska managed after the #landslide cut off road access to about 70+ people. | Anchorage Daily News https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2023/11/27/a-wrangell-mans-retirement-project-has-become-a-lifeline-for-families-cut-off-by-deadly-landslide/. The road has now been cleared, but access remains limited during road repairs.
My enigmatic friend Terry created a petition to change the name of the #Alaska ferry LeConte. (AK ferries are named after AK glaciers, and LeConte glacier is also & previously named Hutli)
“Joseph LeConte was a slave-owning Georgian who believed in racial superiority,” the petition states. “He never once stepped foot in the state of Alaska and does not need to be recognized here.”
#Alaska landslide: 6 #dead or #missing. ‘[Otto] Florschutz [missing]…served on Wrangell’s Port Commission, [&] was one of 48 candidates [for the]… seat vacated when…US Rep Don Young died… back then, Florschutz said he was known for his ability to forge consensus…“Besides catching fish, I have served in community elected positions, done boat repair, mechanics, welding, carpentry, business….” ‘Beth Heller [deceased] served on the #Wrangell School Board…2019 to 2020... | AP https://apnews.com/article/alaska-deadly-landslide-missing-ee0ab1494655032ef6581018641f67c1
An amazing story of #Wrangell #Alaska landslide survivor Christina Florschutz. ‘The force of the mountainside slammed into the home she shared with her [still missing] husband…tossing her around “like a piece of weightless popcorn”… When…[she] regained consciousness… she was trapped between the roof of her house & debris. “I was hanging kind of head down, at an angle, with my feet up,”… She felt around & found a bag of polar fleece from her upstairs sewing room.’ | AP https://apnews.com/article/alaska-landslide-survivor-interview-wrangell-ee230a3a941614465f365e5b9ad0e3ed
Deadly Wrangell landslide is part of a pattern in vulnerable Alaska mountainous terrain: Scientists warn that #ClimateChange, by increasing precipitation & extreme rainfall, adds to risks. “As the Southeast #Alaska community of #Wrangell mourns & continues to respond to a landslide disaster… Alaskans face a longer-term challenge: how to prevent similar tragedies in the future as mountainous regions become more unstable…” | Alaska Beacon https://alaskabeacon.com/2023/11/28/deadly-wrangell-landslide-is-part-of-a-pattern-in-vulnerable-alaska-mountainous-terrain/
by Tim Brinkhof, November 27, 2023
"Concentrated in #Arizona and #NewMexico, the Navajo are one of the largest Native American groups in the United States. Consisting of up to 400,000 tribal members, they are thought to have originated from northwestern #Canada and were forcibly moved to their present location by the federal government in the 1860s during #TheLongWalk.
"Traditional Navajo families live in circular mud-and-log homes called hogans, create intricate ceremonial paintings made of sand, and hold four-day runs (a ritual called kinaalda) to celebrate young girls turning into adult women.
"Arguably, the most important aspect of Navajo culture is their language. Also known as #Diné #Bizaad (the “people’s language”), Navajo is similar to #Apache, from which it separated between 1300 and 1525 AD. Both Navajo and Apache belong to a language family called #Athabaskan, which, providing evidence for their geographic origin, is also spoken by native tribes in #Yukon, #Alaska, and #BritishColumbia. As with other Native American languages, #globalization and #discrimination threaten Navajo’s survival. In 2017, the number of fluent speakers was estimated at 170,000, less than half of the tribe’s population.
"Learning Navajo isn’t easy. Compared to other complicated but more widely spoken languages, like Korean or Arabic, there are limited resources available to non-speakers. Mastery of Navajo language also requires a level of familiarity with Navajo customs, something even some Indigenous people no longer have access to.
"That said, the most daunting aspect of learning Navajo is the language itself. Described by linguists Robert W. Young and William Morgan as a 'hopeless maze of irregularities,' its unique grammar, syntax, and tonal pronunciation are so indecipherable to outsiders that, during the Second World War, the American army used Navajo as a form of military code."
6:00AM: 39F, mostly cloudy. Rain expected to start late morning/early afternoon as a gale moves in. Just a wee one, though. 35kt and 17ft seas.
I've seen wonderful pics of last night's full moon with a perfect circle around it. Glad we had clear skies!
The rest of the week is rain, rain, rain likely, rain likely, rain, rain...
Last year at this time when we went into the woods for our Xmas tree, we had snow, snow, snow!
Today is the feast day of Herman of #Alaska https://cromwell-intl.com/travel/alaska/equinox/?s=mb #travel
#Wrangell #Alaska #landslide on 20 November. Searchers found the remains of little Kara in the debris yesterday. Announced today: https://www.facebook.com/share/p/XnKHU2BXfmZcukWp/?mibextid=WC7FNe. Her 12-year-old brother is still missing, as is a 65-year-old man.
Some commonly seen winter birds in eastern Interior Alaska and the Tanacross Dene names. As a show of respect I try to make it a habit to use Dene names when talking to them.
tsuugaay "birds generically, but especially small birds"
tsuugaay t’ox "bird nest"
nah’og ts’egąąg s̲h̲axeh’ąą "chickadees are making a lot of noise out there"
#Dene #Language #Alaska