timistravels

My job allows me to visit a lot of Alaska on a yearly basis. I wanted to capture the trips in one location!

Unalakleet, Alaska with no snow in January

Jan 20-21, 2016

As I flew into Unalakleet my heart sank and I was so saddened to see that there was almost NO ice in the Bering Sea and there was no snow on the ground.  Over the last 7 years that I have been coming here in Jan. this is the least snow or ice I’d ever seen.  I realized that I wished those that think ‘climate change’ isn’t real could come here to see this.

I could only imagine what the locals must be experiencing and someone directed me to this article.  http://www.adn.com/article/20141116/facing-climate-change-unalakleet-will-endure.  It really talks about how the locals are affected by the climate change that is occurring in the region.

My training went wonderfully, I sang an Aleut song with the group.  We had a great time learning, dancing, singing and sharing stories.  I got to visit my friends there and spend time with their children, and you all know how I love being ‘auntie timi’ for an evening.  I love that 3 of the people who came for training brought their small children because we are there for ALL the children of Bering St. School District.  AND I LOVE that I got to see a former student of mine, Donald.  He picked me up at the airport and we got to have lunch together.  He is from here and though he went away for college, he’s back home. These are the reasons I love to visit here and why I can’t wait to return.

 

 

 

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Nome, Alaska’s and a visit to NACTEC

Jan. 13-15, 2016

January in Nome is a lot different than June J https://timistravels.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/council-alaska-and-the-last-train-to-nowhere/ but one thing that is similar is that it is bright and sunny regardless of how long the sun is in the sky. When I was in Nome in June the sunrise was at 4:40 a.m. and the sunset was at 1:20 a.m. for 20 hours of sunlight. In January the sun rose at 11:40 a.m. and set at 4:40 p.m. for 5 hours of sunlight.   The sunrises were absolutely beautiful as were the sunsets!IMG_2854IMG_7402IMG_2898IMG_2843IMG_2845IMG_2851IMG_2852

I like to take a few pictures of grocery store items just to give readers an idea how much items are in the places I visit.  Remember Nome is a ‘hub’ community so their prices are lower than the villages outside of here.

While in Nome this time I was privileged to tour the Northwest Alaska Career and Technical Center or NACTEC as it is known in the region. NACTEC is a joint venture between Bering Strait School District and Nome Public Schools. The focus of the center is vocational and life skill training for students of both districts. A major focus of the school is not only technical skills, but employability skills.

Students attend for 1, 2 or 4 week sessions. Students must apply to attend and travel to Nome for these programs. The students live on campus while they are in town and in there lies the life skills; meal prep, cleaning of common areas and rooms, laundry, time management and living with others. Many of these youth have not been out of their remote villages ever and most will be away from family for the first time.

Classes taught include:

  • Introduction to the Health Field
  • Emergency Trauma Technician
  • Health aid pre classes
  • Profession in the workplace
  • Native Arts and Business and Marketing
  • Business Entrepreneurship
  • Small Business Grant Writing
  • Facility Maintenance Introduction
  • Heavy equipment
  • Renewable energy
  • Welding
  • Arctic survival
  • Outdoor leadership/Guiding
  • Culinary Arts

Studies are indicating an increase in graduation rates that coincide with with the start of NACTEC being offered to village students.    It is a wonderful program.

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