Category Archives: Alaska

Important–Rural Criteria for Subsistence

I have a feed on this site which comes from another site I set up about rural criteria for subsistence in Alaska. Comments to the federal board are needed before 1 Nov 2013

You can subscribe to posts at

I can’t figure out how to post at both nlogs, so i must direct you to the site. Sorry.

Alaska Native Ph.D.s from Dr. Jessica Bissett Perea

Dr Perea’s paper has a listing of Alaska Native Ph.D.s which complements the existing list previously mentioned American Indian and Alaska Native Ph.D.s in the US– How many? Who are they?

Her paper has just been posted at Academia,

Jessica Bissett Perea 2013 “A Tribalography of Alaska Native Presence in Academia.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 37 (3) pp. 3-27. Invited essay for special issue “Reducing Barriers to Native American Student Success in Higher Education: Challenges and Best Practices,” ed. Robert Keith Collins.

Alaska native men and Women with Earned Research Doctorates

Alaska native men and Women with Earned Research Doctorates

Table1 continued

American Indian and Alaska Native Ph.D.s in the US– How many? Who are they?

Jeannie Greene, documentary producer (Heartbeat Alaska) raised an interesting topic– that there were only 45 Natives who hold Ph.D.s in the US.

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– 2012-09-15, 2012-dec-24, 2013-03-03 now 25!

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)
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)

American Indian– 2012-09-15 110 (haven’t checked for duplicates)
Dr. Alison Ball (Colville) University of Oregon
Dr. Amy Lonetree Ethnic Studies Ho Chunk
Dr. Andrea Smith History of Consciousness Cherokee
Dr. Andrew Jolivette
Dr. Annette Reed,Ethnic Studies Tolowa
Dr. Anton Treuer, Leech Lake Ojibwe
Dr. April Lea GoForth Eastern Band of Cherokee,
Dr. Audra Simpson Anthropology Mohawk
Dr. Bette Jacobs, Public Health Professional
Dr. Beverly R. Singer (Santa Clara Pueblo/ Diné), Associate Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies, Director of Institute for American Indian Research (IFAIR) , Director of Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, UNM. The late Dr Ortiz was also an anthropologist and another who demonstrated great courage in proceeding to his studies.
Dr. Bonnie Duran
Dr. Brenda Child, History, UMN, Red Lake Ojibwe
Dr. Brendan Fairbanks, Linguistics, Ojibwe
Dr. Carmen Nappo, Meteorologist
Dr. Carter Revard
Dr. Chris Sims
Dr. Christine Lowery (Dine) Utah;
Dr. Christopher Andronicos, Geologist
Dr. Claudia Welala Long, (Nez Perce) Professor of Indigenous Nations Studies;
Dr. Clifton Poodry, Biologist
Dr. Craig Love, Psychologist
Dr. David Chang, History UMN, Kanaka Maoli
Dr. David E Wilkins Political Science Lumbee
Dr. David E. Wilkins, Poly Sci, UMN, Lumbee
Dr. David Martinez, Philosophy, Arizona State
Dr. David R. Burgess, Biologist
Dr. David Truer, Literature (i think), UMN Leech Lake Ojibwe
Dr. Denise Low, English Lenni Lenape
Dr. Devon A. Mihesuah
Dr. Donald Fixico History Shawnee, Sac and Fox, Muscogee Creek, and Seminole
Dr. Donna Langston, University of Colorado at Denver;
Dr. Donna Nelson, Chemist
Dr. Duane Champagne Sociology Chippewa
Dr. Emily Haozous, (Apache)
Dr. Fred_Begay (Navajo)
Dr. Gilbert John, Microbiologist
Dr. Glenabah Martinez, (Taos/Diné)
Dr. Gregory Cajete
Dr. Healani Chang, Clinical Behavioral Scientist/Pacific Biosciences
Dr. Hillary Weaver
Dr. Ian Thompson Choctaw
Dr. Jace Weaver
Dr. Jacquelyn Bolman, Environmental Scientist and Academic Advisor
Dr. Jani Ingram, Chemist
Dr. Jay Hansford C Vest, Saponi-Monacan, UNC-P
Dr. Jean O’Brien, History, UMN White Earth Ojibiwe
Dr. Jeff Means History Lakota
Dr. Jennifer Denetdale (Diné), Associate Professor of American Studies,
Dr. Jennifer McAlpin Navajo
Dr. Jennifer Nez Denetdale History Navajo
Dr. Jerrel Yakel, Neuroscientist
Dr. Jim Northrup
Dr. Joan Esnayra, Geneticist
Dr. Joanne Barker
Dr. Jodi Byrd English Chickasaw
Dr. John Spence, retired;
Dr. K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Anthropology, Creek
Dr. Karen Magnus, Biophysicist
Dr. Karina Walters,
Dr. Ken Ridgway, Geologist
Dr. Kimberly Huyser, (Diné)
Dr. Kimberly Roppolo
Dr. Lee Anne Howe, Literature, Choctaw, UI-Champain-Urbana
Dr. Lee Bitsóí, Educator
Dr. Leola Tsinnajinnie, (Diné)
Dr. Linda Burhansstipanov, Public Health Educator
Dr. Linda E. Oxendine, History emeritus, UNC-P Lumbee
Dr. Lloyd L. Lee (Diné), Assistant Professor of Native American Studies
Dr. Lorenda Belone, (Diné)
Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery, History, UNC-Chapel Hill Lumbee
Dr. Mandy Fretts, U of Wash first Nations Mik’maq
Dr. Marcus Cloud Briggs Divinity from Harvard Miccasukee (sp?),
Dr. Margaret Hiza, Geologist
Dr. Margaret Nelson Cherokee 90 years young!
Dr. Maria Tenario,
Dr. Maria Yellow Horse Braveheart,
Dr. Marigold Linton, Cognitive Psychologist
Dr. Mary Alice Tsosie (Diné), Director of Oral History Project, University Libraries, IFAIR Board
Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs, History UNC-P, Lumbee
Dr. Mattie Harper Ethnic Studies Anishinabe
Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua Ethnic Studies Chamorro
Dr. Michael Yellow Bird (Arikara/Hidatsa), Professor of Social Work, Humboldt State University
Dr. Monica Tsethlikai, Psychologist
Dr. Nancy Jackson, Chemist
Dr. Natchee Blu Barnd Ethnic Studies Anishinabe
Dr. Ned Blackhawk History Shoshone
Dr. Philip Deloria History Lakota
Dr. Rebecca Garcia, Mathematician
Dr. Reyna Ramirez Anthropology Ho Chunk
Dr. Rina Swentzell

Dr. Robert Megginson, Mathematician
Dr. Robert Perez Ethnic Studies Apache
Dr. Robin Kimmerer, Plant Ecologist
Dr. Robyn Hannigan, Environmental Scientist
Dr. Rodney C. Haring
Dr. Russell Stands-Over-Bull, Geologist
Dr. Scott Richard Lyons English Ojibwe
Dr. Scottie Henderson (Navajo) Scottie worked with me on tribal water quality codes before going on to marine biology
Dr. Stacy Leeds Cherokee
Dr. Steven Crum History Western Shoshone
Dr. Tassy Parker, (Seneca)
Dr. Theresa Gregor English Santa Isabel
Dr. Thomas Crofoot,
Dr. Tiffany Lee, (Diné)
Dr. Tom Ball (Klamath/Modoc), University of Oregon;
Dr. Vibrina Coronado, Performance Studies, independent scholar, Lumbee
Dr. Vincent Werito, (Diné)
Dr. Waziyatawin Angela Wilson PHD History Dakota
Dr. Wilfred Foster Denetclaw, Zoologist
Dr. William Bauer History Round Valley

Please add names to the comments and whether Alaska Native or American Indian. I’ll update the listing.

NSF listing (sans names) is

Alaska’s neglected heritage: National Guard, 19 February 1971

Updated 2011-11-21, The Internet Archive has a copy of one of the oral histories about this event,

Just this past week, the DMVA issued a call for information about Bryant Army Air Field,

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] 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 [ ] 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. []. Genet had frostbitten hands from the recovery effort. He died in 1979 while descending Mount Everest. []

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

additional information–
Mrs Elizabeth L.J. Alex
ARMY AIR CREWS: Fixed Wing Aviation Crewmembers Line of Duty Deaths
A University Engaged With its Community The Search for Dena’ina …
The Complete 1957 Gustavus/Juneau Plane Crash Story by Rita Wilson,

Unorganized Borough gets first MacArthur Fellow

Jill Seaman, MD was one of the 2009 MacArthur Fellows, just announced. Her fellowship was for Dr Seaman, 2009 MacArthur Fellow

adapting the tools of 21st-century medicine to treat infectious diseases endemic to Southern Sudan….

Jill Seaman is a physician committed to delivering and improving treatment for infectious diseases endemic to Old Fangak, Sudan one of the most remote, impoverished, and war-torn regions of the world….

She spends the remaining portion of each year in Bethel, Alaska, providing health services to Yup’ik Eskimo communities.

Read more about

Q. What is the MacArthur Fellowship? A. The MacArthur Fellowship is a five-year grant to individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future. The fellowship is designed to provide recipients with the flexibility to pursue their creative activities in the absence of specific obligations or reporting requirements. There are no limits on age or area of activity. Individuals cannot apply for this award; they must be nominated.

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What ever happened 12 months ago… SP VP2B

A year ago I heard the news announcement about John McCain’s pick for his VP2B– I nearly fell out of bed (and I have a futon) because I knew more about governing than Sarah Palin and I knew I wasn’t prepared to be President.

The national media had trouble pronouncing Palin’s name and suddenly everyone was searching for the city of Nowhere, Alaska.

Guess what happened 12 months ago Palin effect

stats graph a year ago

See Mudflats take– A Year of Sarah Palin. What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been.

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Anchorage trifids nearly ready

These things are nearly 6 feet tall. They seem to stem from the cabbage family.


Downtown trifids ready

Downtown trifids ready

Where is… homeless dying on the streets of Anchorage

Twelve people who were homeless or familiar with life on the streets have died outdoors in Anchorage this spring and summer, most of them in woods and parks. Only one death has been classified as a homicide.

1) There are far more homeless than those living rough or in shelters.

2) The list for AHFC (Alaska Housing Finance Corp.) rental assistance or housing in Anchorage is 10 months long at least.

3) Even last December the state was bragging about all the jobs available [sic] bringing in many individuals and families from Outside directly to the shelters and “camping out”.

4) If a person has a cut artery or broken leg, they can be taken / go to the hospital for treatment. If a person has a psychological crisis, they cannot receive any treatment or support, even by going to a hospital. The only humane way is to have them arrested for “trespassing” which takes them to police HQ for someone to decide if they can go to the hospital. Otherwise, wait for the person in crisis to assault themselves or someone else, then call the police.

5) Inebriates do look after each other, in many cases. This past winter bus riders noticing someone fall or lying down on the pavement would alert the driver who calls community service patrol. Some will ask passersby to call CSP for themselves or their friends. This means that we can all be alert for those in trouble and be accessible for those seeking help. (CSP on speed dial)

6) CSP is a contract service and evidently only available from 2 PM to 10 (?) PM. They aren’t available in the early morning. Fortunately, Anchorage police, if possible, will respond to get people off the street during morning “rush” hour on icy streets.

7) Many homeless and street folks cannot get proper health care. In this country, medical care, Rx are rationed to those with money and knowledge of how to access health system. Or, to those with money and knowledge to force IHS and VA to provide competent service.

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    In Mississippi, my Dad used to check rabbits for tularemia for Fish & Game. Rabbits were a subsistence food for many, then.
    "F. tularensis was discovered in 1911 during an outburst of rabbit fever, when the disease killed a large number of ground squirrels in the area of Tulare Lake in California. Scientists determined that tularemia could be dangerous to humans; a human being may catch the infection after contacting an infected animal. The ailment soon became frequent with hunters, cooks and agricultural workers"

    Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 17:18:44 -0400 (EDT)
    From: ProMED-mail <>
    Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Tularemia, human – USA: (AK), RFI

    A ProMED-mail post
    ProMED-mail is a program of the
    International Society for Infectious Diseases

    Date: Thu 6 Aug 2009
    Source: Associated Press [edited]

    Two residents of Fairbanks, Alaska have been diagnosed with tularemia, a potentially fatal bacterial infection more commonly found in animals. Alaska Department of Fish and Game veterinarian Kimberlee Beckmen learned of the outbreak from state public health authorities late last week.

    The disease can be transmitted to humans from snowshoe hares, and the hare population has been high in the interior. It’s unclear how the Fairbanks residents contracted it.

    Beckmen says people are usually infected through the skin by handling sick hares, but they can also get it when bitten by ticks, flies, or mosquitoes that fed on sick hares.

    A Fish and Game spokeswoman says the Fairbanks patients were treated with antibiotics and are doing well.

    - — communicated by: ProMED-mail rapporteur Brent Barrett

    [Tularemia is typically found in animals, especially small mammals such as voles, mice, rodents, rabbits, and hares. _Francisella tularensis_ is found in a wide range of animal hosts and is capable of surviving for weeks at low temperatures in water, moist soil, or decaying plant and animal matter. Although hundreds of differing vertebrates and invertebrates can be infected with the tularemia bacillus, no more than a dozen or so are important in its ecology. Humans become infected through a variety of mechanisms including bites of infected arthropods (mosquitoes, ticks, deerflies), handling infected or dead animals, ingesting contaminated food or water, and inhaling aerosols of bacteria. The type of exposure will dictate the form of the disease manifestation with cutaneous exposures usually resulting in the glandular or ulceroglandular forms. The type of disease in these Alaskan cases is not stated.

    ProMED-mail posted an alert (20041008.2760, see below) in October 2004 regarding hamsters from a Canadian pet distributor that were found to be infected with type B tularemia as well. No human cases were reported.

    Tularemia in humans is generally a rural disease and occurs naturally throughout much of North America and Eurasia. The type B strain (_F. tularensis_ biogroup palearctica) is the dominant strain in Eurasia, whereas both biogroups (type A is biogroup tularensis) are found in the USA. Type A is said to be more virulent than type B.

    Although not generally transferable from person to person, the infectious dose of _F. tularensis_ is quite low, and the organism is listed among the category A bioterrorism agents.

    According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during the period 2000-2006, a total of 873 cases of human tularemia were reported in the USA. In the same period, there were a total of only 3 cases reported in Alaska, with annual reports of no more than one per year, although the disease is likely underreported. See for the full table of number of cases reported each year by state, 2000-2006. The largest numbers were from the south-central part of the USA, with Missouri (172), Arkansas (123), and Oklahoma (79) leading the list. - Mod.LL] Continue reading

    Some costs of not using the Alaska PFD and leading by example

    Andrew Halcro last week wrote a succinct piece on an all too common tragedy in Alaska and New Mexico.

    At first glance it had all the makings of a Hollywood movie set. But this was no Hollywood movie set, it was my front yard on Sand Lake and it was 3am on June 10. For two days, fire and police vehicles were fixtures in my front yard, as the search for a missing canoeist continued. Family members gathered outside my front window, watching and waiting as they held hands, cried and prayed….

    One APD officer on the scene told me that these kinds of tragedies are all too frequently due to an unfortunate combination of events. … In this case, the costliest hole was when the two young men launched their canoe at the public access point, they walked right past a newly erected life jacket stand that offered boaters free personal flotations devices.

    Alaska initiated the “Kids Don’t Float” program. Fireman Bob Painter of Homer founded the program after a number of children drowned in Homer.

    (May 29, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska) – The “Kids Don’t Float” and boating safety programs will continue this summer… Under these boating safety programs, children learn about boating safety in schools, and life jackets are available for loan at many lakes and rivers across Alaska. …Representative Mark Neuman of Wasilla sponsored HB 151 and Governor Palin signed the legislation in May.

    Both NM and Alaska rank high in the USA for the prevalence of drownings (the number of deaths divided by the population). Alaska is a semi-arid region with a lot of riparian and coast line; New Mexico is a semi-arid region. Both states share a cultural norm that things go better with alcohol, especially if activities involve an engine (boat, auto, snowmachine). Both states seem to believe “accidents” [not my fault] are always happening but ones with bad consequences only happen to others, the less deserving.

    PFDs (personal flotation devices, once referred to as lifevests) are no substitute for sobriety but they can buy time, if properly used. Even without alcohol present, PFDs are valuable. Take a look at these numbers–
    1. Alaska has one of the highest boating fatality rates in the nation
    a. at least 6 out of 10 are NOT wearing a life jacket
    b. 9 out of 10 involve boats 26 feet and under
    c. 5 out of 6 are due to capsizing or falling overboard
    d. 8 out of 10 are Alaska residents
    e. 9 out of 10 are adult males
    f. at least 1 out of 3 involve alcohol
    g. nearly all incidents involve cold water immersion

    The state law allows adults to endanger themselves, but not underage children.

    5. Legal requirements
    a. everyone in the boat must have a life jacket of the proper size readily accessible
    b. anyone under the age of 13 must be wearing a life jacket when on deck or in an open boat

    c. must be suitable for the activity and wearer
    1. read the label
    d. must be in serviceable condition
    1. free of defects (tears, missing zippers, broken buckles)
    e. must be USCG-approved

    A child’s coloring book encourages children to grow up to remember the law’s requirements.

    It’s the LAW!
    Persons under the age of thirteen
    MUST wear their
    PFD in an open boat
    or on a deck.

    Alaskan 8-year old on open boat without PFD

    Alaskan 8-year old on open boat without PFD

    Gov. Sarah Palin issued this proclamation in May to remind all of us that being safe around water, whether or not boating or fishing, is smart and more than the easily remembered “do what you otter around water, wear a pfd”

    “WHEREAS, Alaska is blessed with an extensive coastline, millions of lakes, and thousands of rivers, making Alaska’s waters an important part of daily life; and

    WHEREAS, our state offers many diverse boating opportunities for transportation, subsistence, and recreation, including kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and power boating; and

    WHEREAS, boating can also be dangerous, and often fatal; and

    WHEREAS, Alaska’s frigid waters can kill the unprepared, regardless of swimming ability; and

    WHEREAS, four out of five of Alaska’s boating fatalities involve a sudden, unexpected capsize or fall overboard; and

    WHEREAS, to help prevent accidents or fatalities while boating, boaters can take the simple step of wearing life jackets when in an open boat or on an open boat deck. In an emergency, life jackets provide an important advantage, and allow all efforts to be focused on self-rescue or getting help from others; and

    WHEREAS, the newest designs make today’s life jackets more comfortable, functional, and affordable than ever. There is no reason to not wear one; and

    WHEREAS, by wearing life jackets while boating, Alaskans demonstrate that when enjoying the outdoors, safety always comes first;

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the state of Alaska, do hereby proclaim May 16-22, 2009 as:

    Safe Boating Week

    in Alaska, and encourage all boaters to make their boating memories this season good ones by always wearing life jackets, carefully preparing for each trip, carrying appropriate communications and signaling devices, and by serving as a positive example on the water for other boaters.
    Dated: May 7, 2009

    To test a life jacket, lift it at the shoulders. If the life jacket comes up over the ears, it is too big.

    Test Alaska child's PFD fit. Will she slip out of unfastened PFD on open boat? SEAN COCKERHAM / Anchorage Daily News

    Test Alaska child's PFD fit. Will she slip out of unzipped PFD on open boat?

    Today comes this tragic reminder of the example set “on the water for other boaters.”

    A 56-year-old man drowned in Bristol Bay this morning, the Coast Guard said. He was fishing in an 18-foot skiff with his two teenage daughters when he went overboard while pulling in a net, said Coast Guard spokeswoman Sara Francis. … The accident happened in Togiak Bay around 9 a.m. and a nearby fisherman immediately called for Coast Guard help. The skiff was only 10 to 20 yards from shore but the man was not wearing a life jacket.

    2009-08-11 Very nice picture guide to Alaska Safe Boating Course.

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