Upriver Route #2 Kalskag to Aniak is established.
“Aniak to the Rescue”
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1-15-17 TTSP RIVER REPORT #5
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“Breaking Trail & Breaking Down”
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“Building the Network” – trail and open water marking begins in the Middle Kuskokwim. Rough conditions, lack of snow, and extended cold weather are making it necessary and feasible to establish a plowed ice road before the Holidays. Read the full report here:
Click here to read Report #1 for the winter of 2016-17:
A new generation of KLG timber harvester operators – possibly the only Alaska Native Certified Harvester Operators in the World: L-R Andrew Kameroff, Jr., Nickolai Savage, Instructor Alan Waldan, Stanley Morgan, unidentified
An example of the certificates they received
11-15 after being weathered out for a day the KLG crew arrives in Anchorage just in time to catch the flight to Seattle as it was boarding
11-6 After a long flight and a long drive, Nickolai gets to see what a brand new harvester head looks like at the training facility in Kelso/Longview Washington. This was the first time out of Alaska for Nickolai & Stanley
It’s been a few years since these guys had to sit and behave in a classroom!
Andrew learning to program the computer that runs the harvester head
Learning to troubleshoot the electronics and computer system
Computer screen, keyboard, and control modules – these are all found on the harvester at the Kalskag timber harvest site
What it looks like up close – very sophisticated technology
Nickolai mastering the simulator – easy stuff for the X-Box generation!
Field trip to Wood’s Logging Supply where we order some of our supplies from.
After completing the classroom training it was time to head into the Washington hills to observe a large scale timber harvest operation – Andrew & Stanley are riding with the logging company owner in the lead truck
L-R Andrew & Stanley geared up
Logs being trucked from the harvest site to the mills along the Columbia River
Stan is especially observant on the differences between Washington wood and ours. Although the trees on this truck are about the same diameter as Middle Kuskokwim timber they are much, much younger.
Observing a “yarder” in operation was a real treat. We had only seen these on the T.V. show “Axemen” before this.
Andrew climbing into the harvester that is working with the “yarder”
Watching the slingers down in the valley hooking logs up to the yarder to be pulled up the hill
Something the Kalskag crew has in common with the Washington loggers – a campfire to warm up and have coffee or lunch by
We also learned about reforestation techniques
We even saw some Big Foot tracks!
We are very grateful to the following for making this life changing training for our People possible:
- the U.S. HUD Indian Community Development Block Grant
- Alan Waldman and the rest of the staff at Waratah, USA
- Lisa Feyereisen, NVN Administrative Support
Trail Grant Program
The Alaska State Park trails grant applicant listed below provides this public courtesy notice. If you have any questions or comments about the proposed grant application, please contact the grant applicant. Grant applicants should post this notice for at least three weeks prior to the application deadline
- Grant Applicant Contact Information:
Name of Organization or Agency: Napaimute Traditional Council
Contact Person: Mark Leary
Mailing Address: PO Box 1301, Bethel, AK 99559
Phone: (907) 545-2877; Napaimute Office (907) 222-5058
- Project Title: Napaimute Trail System
- Project Description: The Napaimute Traditional Council is pursuing a trail grant from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources for 2017 and 2018. The grant is for the development and maintenance of the winter trails of the Napaimute Trail System that includes the trail running along the Kuskokwim River from Kalskag to Crooked Creek. Any trail grant funds received will be used for identifying, clearing, and marking trails public use for travel and recreation. To offer support or if you have questions, contact Mark Leary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Project Location:
- Identify the nearest communities: Kalskag, Aniak, Chuathbaluk, Napaimute, Crooked Creek
- Attach a map showing the location of your proposed project (page two of this notice)
- Provide the meridian, township(s), range(s) and section(s) from a USGS topographical map
- Future Notice: To view a list of the grant applications in your area, visit the State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation web site at www.alaskastatetrails.org
Map of Proposed Winter Trail Marking Project
Location of 2016 NVN Annual Meeting
2016 Annual Meeting & Notice of Election:
The 2016 Native Village of Napaimute Annual Meeting will be held at the CITC Centennial Center, 9131 Centennial Circle, Anchorage, Alaska on November 5, 2016.
Registration will begin at 8:30 am and the meeting will begin at 9:00 am.
The Native Village of Napaimute is doing a lot of new and exciting things in the region and we look forward to reporting on them to our tribal membership.
The 2016 Napaimute Traditional Council Elections will also be held during the Annual Meeting.
Both incumbents, Devron Hellings and Marcie Sherer are running unopposed but please cast your vote. Ballots and self-addressed stamped envelopes have been mailed to all eligible tribal members.
Voters will be entered into a drawing for (2) – $250 prizes
You do not need to mail in your ballot if you will be attending the meeting in person.
Hope to see you there!
Click on the PDF below to view the most recent report to the Napaimute Traditional Council from the Director of Development & Operations:
L-R: NIT Instructor Mike Hobbs with NVN Timber Harvest Crew
NVN is currently holding a 10 day Heavy Equipment Maintenance, Repair & Operations course for our employees at the Kalskag Timber Harvest Site.
The training is being conducted by the Northern Industrial Institute out of Palmer.
This valuable training is being sponsored in large part by the Donlin Gold, LLC Community Support Program with additional support from AVCP Education, Employment, and Training Department.
Thank you very much to Donlin and AVCP for the support.