Dec 3, 2009
There is some better news this year coming from Pilot Point and Ugashik when it comes to our ability to deal with our winter conditions.
Our fishing season was much better this year than last on our main season of Sockeye salmon, although the Chinook/King returns continue to be dismal.
This allowed for most everyone to either work in the industry if they wanted/needed to and also to get fish put up for the winter.
Although the road project that was due in Pilot Point to start this year, to provide additional employment opportunities, got delayed we are hearing that most everyone got some summer employment who were looking for it.
This summer we also saw the overall fuel cost come down slightly so heating fuel is more reasonable. The city of Pilot Point was able to get its propane shipped in via barge and thus the cooking fuel is also much more reasonable than last year.
Ugashik got its spring barge in for its yearly fuel needs allowing people to stock up. We also should be able to draw on Pilot Point’s reserve if someone runs short.
Although we still have families that are in ‘need’ it appears to be more of a ‘normal’ range. Due to contacts made last year it looks like a food bank will be set up to distribute at least monthly commodities. We are currently working with them to get details ironed out.
If you want to help the Food Bank of Alaska strengthen its outreach to villages please feel free to follow the link HERE.
You can always mention the donations are in our ‘honor’ and we will appreciate and share it.
We are just entering our winter moose season and there is decent snow cover right now that SHOULD allow hunters to move about much better than last year. There was a dismal fall season for most villagers, for moose, but we are hoping for a better winter one.
Ann and I are working with the villages to do some special things for the kids for the holidays so that should also take a little burden off those families who are struggling.
We have been lucky enough to have Toys for Tots agree to help. They are also always in need of assistance to reach all the villages requesting it.
Feel free to check out the link HERE.
Also, efforts for long term solutions continue and we should have some updates on those things this winter and we can share more.
All the concern and help we received last year help boost moral a great amount and I believe made all of us realize that we can gather together and work long term to offer better opportunities in our village.
Thank you for all your help and we will keep posting of happenings in our villages.