Jul 14, 2009
Being in Miami, I miss most of the late night activity on the Alaska blogs so it’s nice to wake up to a note like this in my inbox!
I thought I should write you first – because I’m a bit bewildered about how this thing all came about ….
A few days ago, I heard that our Disaster Center here in Eagle was going to receive over 400 pounds of king salmon – from Emmonak! The Center got a phone call from Sen. Albert Kookesh’s office (he is the state senator for Eagle) asking if they wanted the salmon (duh – of course!), and it went from there. The air freight and truck transport were all paid to get it to Eagle. I’m assuming the Senator’s office handled the details.
So – 400+ pounds of beautiful salmon arrived in Eagle, and it was all distributed or used by the disaster kitchen. (They baked 5 of them that night in the kitchen – mmmmmm, good!)
But we do not know who IN EMMONAK was responsible for this, or who to thank!
If you can help us out with this, that would be great …… it’s a mystery to us. All we know is that Sen. Kookesh’s office arranged to have the salmon sent from Emmonak.
I would like to send a special and personal thanks via Anon Bloggers, as I know it would be appreciated there.
Anyone have an answer to this mystery?
And there’s more good news from Eagle Village!
Yesterday lovemydogs posted this on Mudflat’s open thread:
My husband spoke with Andy Bassich in Eagle today and the word is they “think” they will have the gravel to start on pads for foundations tomorrow–yay! Apparently there has been a lot of bureaucratic red tape/paperwork with the state that had to be worked through.
They have enough skilled carpenters to start on the cabins as soon as the gravel is moved.
Yukonbushgrma thinks the state had been giving them the run-around but FEMA came in and negotiated a contract for the gravel and it’s a done deal.
And some not so good news…
YBG goes on to explain that it’s not all good news. Some of the homes that were destroyed were second homes and, because they are considered vacation homes, they are not eligible for relief funds.
She is particularly sad to see one person who has done so much for the Eagle relief effort slip through the cracks. Andy Bassich has been the driving force behind this disaster recovery success story…
Andy has been our saving grace since breakup began ….. he had the idea to build these cabins, and the idea grew into a vision that was embraced by both state and federal governments! This has never, ever been done before in the history of the US! Eagle is making history here, using local knowledge and know-how to decide how to best recover from a disaster.
Andy deserves a gold medal. But guess what? He is getting nothing. He is getting paid for his work right now, but getting nothing from the State of Alaska or FEMA. Because he has a small cabin (primary residence) in Eagle, and his cabin downriver, although it is his place of business (mushing and subsistence tourism), doesn’t qualify for any disaster assistance.
Andy Bassich deserves help from somewhere! This guy came up with the idea to get Eagle’s homeless people through the coming winter, and he has been there every day to coordinate the new volunteers and make sure the work is getting done every day. And …… he’s had to worry about the gravel.
Please, help me figure out how to help Andy!
Big Ray’s is offering a 20% discount to Eagle Village residents and distributing gift cards to those who need them most. Gift cards are $10 – increase the quantity to donate more.