With the extended warm, wet, windy weather since the evening of November 8th it looked like a second break up in 2014 was possible for the Kuskokwim River. The ice stopped running here at Napaimute on November 4th and it looked like we were having a good freeze up along the entire River. Water level was nice and low and things were freezing about normal. But on the evening of 11/8 it warmed up with rain and wind that has hardly let up in the days since. By November 12th, the water level at Napaimute had risen 4 feet vertically, [Read More…}
The Napaimute Traditional Council Annual Strategic Planning Work Session and Regular Council Meeting was held 9:00 AM, November 1, 2014 at the Kuskokwim Corporation Conference Room, 4300 B Street, Suite 207, Anchorage, Alaska Here are the main agenda items that the Council and Administration addressed: AGENDA: General Discussion Firewood Business Planning Napaimute Land Use Issues 1) Airfield 2) Home Site Program Cost/Benefit of Compacting vs. Contracting Suggestions for Improving AVCP Calista Regional Committee Meeting 2015 Operating Budget Strategic Planning 1) 2014 accomplishments compared to 2013 Goals & [Read More…}
Director’s Report: 50th Annual AVCP Convention, Bethel, Alaska, October 7-9th, 2014 “Embracing Our Legacy to Empower Our Future” Summary: This year’s convention and celebration of fifty years of service to the People of the region was well attended with forty-four out of fifty-six villages answering the roll call at the opening session. More joined the convention later. The Middle Kuskokwim was represented by Lower Kalskag, Upper Kalskag, Aniak, Chuathbaluk, Napaimute, and Stony River. Absent were Crooked Creek, Georgetown, Red Devil, Lime Village and Sleetmute. Some common themes heard throughout the two and a half day meeting were: • The need [Read More…}
Election Committee Chairman, Stan Kelly swears in newly elected council members at the 2014 NVN Annual Meeting. Here are the results of the 2014 Native Village of Napaimute Traditional Council Election held at the Annual Meeting on October 4th: Seat B – Audrey Leary Seat C – Rachelle Rohde Congratulations to Audrey and Rachelle. Also a big thank you to outgoing council member, Megan Leary for her years of service to our organization.
OCTOBER 4, 2014 NATIVE VILLAGE OF NAPAIMUTE ANNUAL MEETING, ST. INNOCENT RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL, 401 E. TURPIN, ANCHORAGE, ALASKA AGENDA: 8-9 am Breakfast & Registration – (interim election committee: open proxies during this time) 9 am Call to Order – President Hellings Invocation – Stan Kelly Welcome address by – President Hellings Moment of Remembrances – Brook & Mark Establishment of Quorum Introductions Approval of the Agenda Announcements: Appointment of Election Committee – Stan Kelly 9:30 am Approval of the Minutes from 2013 Annual Meeting 9:45 am 2013-14 Traditional Council and Administration Report – Mark 10:45 am Break 11:00 am [Read More…}
A gangbuster sockeye salmon run is returning to the Columbia River because of a novel idea – “just add water”. Dah! Fortunatley, if given the right conditions, wild salmon are highly resilient. Access the entire article at: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024228208_spectacularsockeyexml.html (thanks to Ken Harper with FWS for passing this along!)
A tailings dam breached at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in British Columbia yesterday and has dumped toxic sludge into the Quesnel drainage, a tributary of the Fraser River. The sockeye salmon will soon show up and there could be trouble ahead for them as they negotiate the impacted section on their way to the spawning grounds. http://www.vancouversun.com/news/metro/sockeye+salmon+return+doubt+after+Quesnel+spill/10092584/story.html
Pteropods, tiny salt water snails, seem to be affected by the increasing levels of ocean acidity. These little creatures are consumed by salmon species, especially pink salmon; so there is the potential for indirect effects on salmon populations down the road as ocean acidification only worsens. You can read the complete article at: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20140430_oceanacidification.html