Kake
web-posted Wednesday, August 12, 2015
During two days of public meetings in early August, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott committed to having tribal and public voices contribute to ongoing state-level discussion about transboundary mines - British Columbian mines in watersheds that begin in B.C. and flow into Alaska. He also told Alaskans concerned about the mines' potential pollution - among them fishermen, elected representatives and Alaska Native leaders - that he is listening to their concerns, but that the involvement of the International Joint Commission under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909, which many of those concerned say is the best course of action, would only come with a unified voice.
web-posted Wednesday, August 5, 2015
It's not uncommon to be hit by a stray water balloon while walking from one event to the next at Kake's annual Dog Salmon Festival. Kids of all ages dart through crowds of talking adults, weaving between their legs, sometimes even using them for cover from incoming balloons.
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Events & Presentations
web-posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The Kake Dog Salmon Festival, informally cofounded by former Kake Tribal Corporation President Gordon Jackson and Juneau resident Peter Metcalfe during a fisheries meeting in 1994, was first organized to celebrate the one millionth pound of salmon processed at the local plant. Now the festival celebrates area fisherman and past cannery workers, and has become a major community event; the town of just over 700 residents has seen as many as 400 visitors attend the day-long festival.
web-posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The latest issue of Cirque: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim will be celebrated with a launch party on Thursday, July 23 at the Blue Hollomon Gallery in Anchorage. The issue is available in print through the organization's website at www.cirquejournal.com, and can also be viewed online.
web-posted Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Even without the guitar, microphone and considerable stage presence, Archie Cavanaugh is impossible to miss during a recent lunch hour rush at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake near Twin Lakes. Dressed in fire-engine red from his hat all the way down to his fancy shoes, Cavanaugh is a dramatic bright spot on a gray day, a visual that coincides with the upbeat music he's chosen to share with his audience. Over an '80s-era jazz-funk bass beat, Cavanaugh sings lyrics he wrote decades ago on a song called "Foolin'":
web-posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015
JUNEAU and DOUGLAS
web-posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Pediatric specialist Dr. Marna Schwartz's passion for helping kids is really taking her places. Really. She's joined SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium as a traveling physician to provide care in the region's smaller communities.
web-posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Tenakee Springs - In a normal summer, Tenakee Springs gets two roundtrip ferries from Juneau a week, and the town, which does not receive cruise ships, can count on a steady flow of business from visitors and those that own vacation homes along its salmonberry-lined dirt road.
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
On June 8, the community of Kake reopened its public library for the first time in 16 years as the Shirly Jackson Community Library.
web-posted Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Following the publication of a June 10 article on Kake's totem pole, the Capital City Weekly received additional information on the carvers who worked on the project, provided by Alaska Indian Arts in Haines.
web-posted Wednesday, June 17, 2015
They're interested in paths as varied as library sciences, the United States Marine Corps, anthropology and wildlife rehabilitation, but all 12 rural students hoped to gain something from a pilot program hosted at the University of Alaska Southeast this summer.
web-posted Wednesday, June 10, 2015
In 1926, the village of Kake reluctantly decided under heavy pressure to burn all of the community's totem poles in the name of "progress." Decades later, in 1971, Kake elders rose the world's tallest pole as a reaffirmation of Kake's cultural roots. In April of this year, a powerful gust of wind snapped the top of the 136-foot-tall pole. Now, the community must decide how to move forward.
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
web-posted Wednesday, June 3, 2015
There is an old English proverb that says, "Necessity is the mother of invention." In other words, if someone really needs to accomplish something, they'll find a way to do it. We've all heard it, and probably even used it from time to time.
web-posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Petersburg's Little Norway Festival celebrates Syttende Mai (May 17), the anniversary of the signing of Norway's Constitution in 1814. Now sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, it was first organized by two local women, Bernadine Trones and Alma Wallen, on May 17, 1958, and has taken place every year since. As those who have attended this festival know, this is a major event for Petersburg, and includes a lively parade, a pageant of traditional Norwegian clothing, dancing and live music in the streets, artist booths, activities including a herring toss, and a community fish bake at Sandy Beach. This year's festival runs from May 14-17.


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