Once again, babies are sick, but this time in the YK Delta. Inflammation can lead to scarring of lungs; high fevers can stop children’s bone and tooth growth for a short while; other infections may take advantage of weaknesses.
[revised 1] and not just for babies–
Virus that struck Our Island Home no longer concern
Nantucket Independent, USA –
10, four of the home’s residents, aged 71 to 96, are believed to have succumbed to respiratory syncytial virus, a virus so common most children have been […] http://www.nantucketindependent.com/news/2008/0220/Other_news/007.html
Virus hits Western Alaska children hard, ALEX DeMARBAN, Tundra Drums
February 19, 2008 at 4:55PM AKST
State health officials are warning Alaskans to scrub hands frequently to help stem a nasty respiratory illness that’s walloping children in Western Alaska.
Health-care providers said they believe more than 82 children have contracted respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV, in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta since Jan. 1. At least 47 children have been hospitalized, according to a written statement from the state Department of Health and Social Services.
More than one-fourth of RSV-infected infants and young children develop bronchial inflammation or pneumonia, according to physicians. Recoveries may take two weeks or more.
The Bethel-region hospital, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp., has flown some children to Anchorage hospitals because beds overflowed with sick youngsters […]
[revised 2] At http://aprn.org/2008/02/20/y-k-virus-targets-infants/ you can hear that this year’s RSV is the worst since 1995 (presumably number of cases) and that RSV in our region is not seasonal but nearly a year-round infection. There hasn’t been any mention of the implication of lack of local hospital beds for pandemics or serious epidemics such as seasonal influenza.
It is difficult to change one’s habits but it can be done. See these posts and comments for further references and suggestions
- Sanitizers — Handwashing
- Kung-fu-choo Do it in your sleeve
- Song to time hand washing for hygiene and disease prevention
- Baby care handwashing
- Why cover sneezes?
This may not be the easiest comparison, but interesting nonetheless. While we tend to think of our region as the Yukon-Kuksokwim Delta, there are two deltas from two different river systems and land-use patterns. [The Yukon River flows north.] What can you infer about the two river systems from the differences in delta patterns (sedimentation, erosion)?
“This scene was acquired by the ASTER instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite on May 26, 2002.”
This SAR image is of the Kuskokwim River delta, Western Alaska. It was taken by Seasat on July 13, 1978. The patterns are formed by river water flowing around sand bars. The pock-marked land is covered by small permafrost lakes.
Smarter Skies, Forbes – NY, USA
Pilots in Alaska’s mountainous Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have had to fly without radar, and normally below 2,000 feet, to avoid foul weather and icing. They would slalom through canyons on memory. Since 2000 the FAA has installed five ground base stations and equipped 200 planes with ADS-B gear. Now pilots get weather warnings and detailed traffic conditions and topographies. Accidents are down 50%.
That seems awfully low. Can you help add more names? Below are folks I have found, using AISES and SACNAS. Amazingly, I’m lucky enough to know many of the names and people, some personally.
Alaska Native– ,
Dr. George Charles (Yup’ik)
Dr. Patricia Cochran (AN)
Dr. Walkie Charles (Yup’ik)
Dr. Denise Dillard (AN)
Dr Alisha Drabek (Alutiiq-Sugpiaq)
Dr Phyllis Fast (Koyukon Athabascan)
Dr. Dolly Garza (AN)
Dr. Sara Hicks (AN)
Dr. Sven Hakaanson (Alutiiq-Sugpiaq)
Dr. Theresa John (Yup’ik)
Dr. April Lakonten Councillor (Alutiiq-Sugpiaq)
Dr. Beth Leonard (AN)
Dr. Jordan Lewis (AN)
Dr. Dorothy Pender (AN)
Dr. Elizabeth Parent (AN)
Dr. Gordon Pullar (Alutiiq-Sugpiaq)
Dr. Catherine Swan Reimer (Iñupiaq) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRBCi_B0Tt0
Dr. Thomas Michael Swensen (Alutiiq-Sugpiaq)
Dr. Roy Roehl (AN)
Dr. Bernice B. Tetpon (AN)
Dr. Lisa Rey Thomas (Tlingit)
Dr. Kamilla Venner (AN)
Dr. Steven Verney (AN)
Dr. Tony Vaska (Yup’ik)
Dr. Maria Williams (Tlingit)
Dr. Rosita Worl (Tlingit)
Forty years ago on February 19, 1971, an Alaska Army National Guard aircraft crashed at the 14,880 foot level of Mt. Sanford, 200 miles east of Anchorage in the Wrangell Mountains. The aircraft was an Army U8-D and was to be the first multi-engine aircraft for the Alaska Army Guard. It was on a ferry flight to Ft Richardson, Alaska from Fresno, California when it crashed. The crew was MAJ [Major] Steve W. Henault, US Army; LTC [Lieutenant Colonel] LTC William Caldwell (Bill), AKARNG; and MSG [Master Sergeant] Herbert Alex (Herb), AKARNG. All died in the crash. One rescuer also succumbed in the attempt.
Very little was published in coeval accounts. Many current National Guard members are unaware of these events in Alaska aviation history. The Alaska Army National Guard was the first in the nation to begin an aviation component. The plane was coming from the Army. It had been stationed in Panama and re-fitted and overhauled in California.
U-8D plane, similar to that ferried to AKARNG.
En route to AK the U8-D [See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beechcraft_L-23_Seminole] developed engine problems, declared an emergency, and landed in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. The Army in Fresno was still responsible for repairs to return the U8-D to airworthy condition. However, on the repair flight to Whitehorse with the U-8 engine, the DC-3 itself lost an engine and landed at Ft Lewis, Washington.
Finally, when word was received at Ft Richardson that the U8-D was nearing airworthiness, Henault, Caldwell, and Alex flew to Whitehorse to continue the ferry mission. After a few delays, all was OK and they launched February 19 from Whitehorse to Kulis ANGB [Air National Guard Base], Anchorage.
MAJ Henault [http://www.smokejumpers.com/obituaries/item.php?obituaries_id=545 ] was the Pilot in Command/Instructor Pilot conducting a multi-engine plane transition as well as qualifying LTC Caldwell in the U-8. Caldwell was only a single engine qualified pilot at that time. Henault was not in the Guard but Active Duty US ARMY stationed at Ft Richardson. MSG Alex was the first aviation mechanic for AKARNG,.
The evening of February 19 was the annual Adjutant General’s Ball at the Elmendorf AFB Officers Club. A radio call came in from LTC Caldwell asking that his wife be contacted and advised that they would be running a little late. Could she please lay out his dress blues for attendance at the annual AG’s Ball?
This was the last known contact with the U8-D, approximately five minutes prior to impact.
A search was launched on Saturday. Ordinarily the flight would have been through Northway. A check of all local airports along the route had been conducted with negative results. On Sunday, an Air Force C-130 located the wreckage on Mt Sanford.
Rescue and recovery attempts were made but due to continuous poor weather, the mission was greatly delayed. Weather in Anchorage dropped to double digits below zero that following week of Fur Rendezvous. Ray Genet, the Talkeetna mountain climber, Mt McKinley’s first guide, and Rex Post, a Pan American World Airways captain on leave, also a mountaineer, were dropped off from an Army helicopter at the 15,500 foot level in an attempt to reach the wreckage.
Genet had been on the mountain about a week before the weather broke, allowing him access to the aircraft. He had holed up in an emergency snow cave within about 400 yards of the aircraft. Post got altitude sickness and died on the mountain. [http://www.smokejumpers.com/obituaries/item.php?obituaries_id=39]. Genet had frostbitten hands from the recovery effort. He died in 1979 while descending Mount Everest. [http://wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Ray_Genet]
Later, the US Army, the AKARNG, and the families decided that if all the remains could not be recovered, they would all rest in place on the mountain. They remain so today. “Whiskey Charley” is in the left seat, Herb is in the seat behind the P/CP [pilot/co-pilot] seats and Steve lies about 100 feet below the severed right wing.
A real tragedy and great loss to the AKARNG, Caldwell and Alex were very dedicated soldiers. The Nome, AK Armory was later dedicated to LTC Caldwell for his time and service as the Commander of the 1st Scout BN [Scout Battalion].
Alex was the grandson and son of Eklutna traditional leaders and his children also served in the AKARNG. In the mid-1980s, there was an effort to dedicate the AKARNG Aviation Hanger at Ft Richardson (Bryant Airfield) to MSG Alex, but nothing came of it.
The 20 ft air traffic control tower was built in 1961. It is Building 4800. The State Historic Preservation Officer lists the tower as site AK-ANC-01095
Today, the 50 year-old air traffic control tower at the airfield is about to be modified and its distinctive pattern (the last such tower in Alaska) obliterated. Alaska National Guard heritage, which is also Alaska heritage, is little known outside of the living participants’ memory. And, of course, so much of our National Guard history is oral, not written, such as the Alaska Territorial Guard of 70 years ago. We’ve never had trained scholars to gather and analyze the oral histories. The documents and structures of this heritage are not kept, much less preserved for current and future Alaskans and NG to learn from.
It would be nice if the 40th anniversary of this loss could be remembered by the state and would stimulate further interest and professional research.
My thanks to David J Mock, John Spalding, and other Alaska veterans and to the family of Herbert Alex (sister Julia Cooper and daughter Eleanor Wilde, also a NG veteran) for their first-hand accounts which went into this post.
This was originally posted at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alaska-National-Guard-Heritage/121826611217021
Mrs Elizabeth L.J. Alex http://www.alaskastar.com/stories/011405/obi_20050114024.shtml
ARMY AIR CREWS: Fixed Wing Aviation Crewmembers Line of Duty Deaths http://www.armyaircrews.com/fixed.html
A University Engaged With its Community The Search for Dena’ina … http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/alumni/upload/Spring07.pdf
The Complete 1957 Gustavus/Juneau Plane Crash Story by Rita Wilson, http://www.gustavushistory.org/articles/view.aspx?id=10000
judging by the crime stats. Not so much in some regions– Yukon has no commercial and no subsistence fishing allowed– no fish.
In Bristol Bay, commercial fishing is closed due to lack of canning capacity,
Glut of reds overwhelms Bristol Bay processors The major processing companies were unable to handle the glut of fish, and last Sunday, the earliest date ever, they put fishermen on catch limits; some suspended buying altogether….
But still some people are hopeful (In a Twitter update Sunday, she said she was looking forward to joining her family as they commercially fish in Bristol Bay– I head 2 West AK villages today, look forward to their busy comm fish activity! )
Case number: To be assigned
Type: Personal use fishing violation
Text: On 7-2-09, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted 18 year old Mitchel Halverson from Anchorage during an investigation. The investigation revealed Halverson invited non residents to participate in the taking of fish under his Kasilof River personal use set net permit then gave some of the fish to the no residents. Halverson was issued a summons for improper use of personal use caught fish. The offense carries a mandatory court appearance and arraignment is on 7-31-09.
Received Friday, July 03, 2009 7:03 AM and posted Friday, July 03, 2009 7:24 AM
Location: Copper Center
Case number: 09-53514
Type: Removing salmon from the water prior to release Text: On 6-23-09 Glennallen Alaska Wildlife Troopers received a report of people on the Klutina River pulling multiple salmon onto the rocks before releasing them. Troopers contacted Matthew Conner (age 26 / Anchorage) who was observed by Troopers removing salmon from the water onto the riverbank then releasing them back into the Klutina River. Conner was issued a citation for removing a salmon from the water prior to releasing. Conner was cited to the Glennallen Court with a bail of $110.
Received Friday, July 03, 2009 8:03 AM and posted Friday, July 03, 2009 9:00 AM
Case Number: 090055437
Type: C/F Closed Water
Text: On 6/27/09, Haaken T. Anderson, 37 YOA, of Dillingham, Alaska was cited by Bristol Bay Wildlife troopers for commercial fishing in closed water in the Egegik District. Arraignment is scheduled in Naknek District Court on 7/10/09. Author: PLF0
Received Friday, July 03, 2009 11:03 AM and posted Friday, July 03, 2009 11:41 AM
Location: Naknek River
Case Number: 090056187
Type: No King Stamp
Text: On 6/30/09, Daniel L. Slevin, 42 YOA, of Portland, Oregon was cited by Bristol Bay Wildlife Troopers for negligently fishing without a non-resident king stamp. Bail was set at $200.00. Author: GSC1 Received Friday, July 03, 2009 11:03 AM and posted Friday, July 03, 2009 11:53 AM
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I just confirmed with the Anchorage regional office of the Division of Elections–
- any registered Alaskan voter may vote anywhere (at any precinct, with or without a line)
- your vote will be a “question ballot”
- your vote will not be tallied for 10 days
- your vote for any of the local issues will NOT be counted and, naturally, you cannot vote for your own local issues and candidates when voting in another precinct
- your vote on statewide issues and candidates WILL be tallied/counted (in ten days).
Don’t be confused by “statewide””– there is no national ballot in this country so on the statewide portion of the ballot, your vote for President/Vice-President, for Senator, and for House of Representatives will be tallied.
So, if you aren’t where you should be, go vote where you can!
Tagalog Version: (pdf)
Estado ng Alaska Aplikasyon
ng Pagpaparehistro ng
There are a lot of us in 2008. Those with greater resources left last year (2007); nearly 15% of Bethel by mid-summer 2007 according to the Chamber of Commerce. I haven’t heard this year’s figures and don’t know how they gather the data. By October 2007 it was evident the trend for losing middle class students in the high school was continuing, lessening the diversity needed in a thriving school community the size of Bethel. People had used all their savings or retirement (if any) to deal with the increased living expenses, combining families by moving in with relatives, or shutting all rooms except the one next to the oil stove (Thank goodness for Toyo stoves. Heating my small house/room is only 150 gallons a year).
Some members of the Legislature had proposed back then to offer a portion of our state’s surplus royalities back to the folks needing to cover the costs of that oil at retail. That was scuttled in favor of Sen Lyman’s proposal to fund landlords and homeowners to weatherize their buildings. There aren’t enough certified weatherization inspectors; limited refunds for weatherization won’t be released without a before and after inspection. The refunds won’t cover those who weatherized the year before (2007). [ http://aprn.org/2008/10/14/state-energy-rebate-program-undergoes-change/] The scheme is for refunds, requiring up front money for making renovations, after up front money is used for the inspections, if there were inspectors….
Gov. Palin says she gave everyone, man, woman, and infant, $1200 to cover this year’s energy needs. A lot of us could only use the money to leave home.
[The “energy rebate” and the permanent fund dividend (PFD) is enough to go from Bethel to Anchorage, but not enough to live on. If anyone knows of paid temping jobs, or permanent ones, please let me know. No CDL or clinical but I can type and read, ‘rite, ‘rithmetic ;o) ]
I have worked for many years with the people of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta on issues of health, environment, heritage and cultural resources, elders, science teachers, and information technology.
Unfortunately, I must now say goodbye and thank you as I must relocate away from Bethel. This won’t stop my support of grassroots science, elder participation, and thoughtful solutions from the communities of the Delta. Relocation won’t end my friendships, won’t end my learning, and won’t end my substantiated belief in the abilities of people out here to contribute to world knowledge and culture. (It has been a struggle to convince some organizations, governments, and institutions of such value, as many of you know, whether the issue was Village erosion or elder rights or cleaning up dumps or environmental health or protection of natural resources or emergency preparedness.)
I have seen many of my neighbor kids grow into productive adults. Thank you for what you have taught me. I have worked with incredible scientists and thinkers, though many won’t have formal training beyond high school. I have also learned from those who put in immense effort and sacrifice in formal settings so that we may benefit from their pastoral or technical caring. By their works I have known them.
While I am moving to a new home, I am still supporting rural Alaska and Alaska Natives through the website https://ykalaska.wordpress.com Virtual reality isn’t quite the same as “real reality” but please help me stay in touch through the website.
All through my life I have tried to live by the basic tradition of science and education–
Just as people must share seal meat and oil to maintain physical and social well-being, so, too, must they share knowledge–so that their minds will not rot.
I hope I have lived up to this while in Bethel.
M Pamela Bumsted, Grassroots Science
- Home heating assistance program opened today with big budget bump Wed, October 1, 2008
- Anchorage homeless numbers rising Wed, October 1, 2008
- Bush costs prompt exodus to cities Task force urged to stem migration By JULIA O’MALLEY and KYLE HOPKINS Daily News reporters Published: September 29th, 2008 11:32 PM
Before Google Earth and Terraserver and the rest was the PARC research lab of Xerox (inventor of the mouse and of GUI, I believe). They no longer run the map.
I still prefer their perspective to depict spatial relationships in many contexts. Here is plotted Fairbanks Alaska (red square), the Yukon River in Alaska, the International Dateline (purple line), and the rest of the US.
Just a step over the dateline, where it passes closest to Alaska, is Russia. Juneau is about 3 meridians east. Wasilla is about the lower west corner of the red square.
This is the best map to show the relationship of Alaska to the lower 48. National geographic has overlaid Alaska such that it demonstrates Alaska stretches from Jacksonville FL to San Francisco CA. I’ve added markers for Russia and Little Diomede, Bethel, Wasilla, and Juneau.
- Where in Alaska relative to US 48 – https://ykalaska.wordpress.com/2006/03/31/where-in-alaska-relative-to-us-48/
The National Geographic Society’s incorporation of illustration with relief cartography portrays the grandeur and uniqueness of the Alaskan landscape in relation to towns, highways, and parks. Regarded as pioneering map illustrators, the National Geographic Society frequently adopts this techniques in maps produced as part of its exploration studies. This Alaska map was included as a supplement to the May 1994 issue of the National Geographic magazine.
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