Crews continue work on Swan Lake boat harbor
Heavy machinery crews are hard at work in Kotzebue's frozen Swan Lake this spring, working to dig out the shallow, ocean-fed lagoon into an expanded small boat harbor.
While the city has not secured funds for the second part of the project, said City Manager Derek Martin, completion of Phase One will provide Kotzebue and its visitors with a usable and larger harbor.
The earth-removal crews are leveling and deepening the lake bottom, making the entire space navigable by boat. Previously, all but the shallowest crafts had to hug the shoreline to stay in deeper water. The lake is well used during its open months - June to October - by local boaters as well as residents traveling to and from outlying villages. The aim of the $8 million project is to provide a safer, more accessible base for small-craft marine traffic in the region.
The hope is, Martin said, that the even depth will help prevent or slow any natural refilling of the lake bottom. Phase Two, he said, will include rows of floating dock space, lighting and several other features.
The earth removed from the lake bottom is being deposited on higher ground at the edge of town near Swan Lake. They'll need to give it about a year to settle, Martin said, but after that the city plans to put up new recreation facilities on the raised ground, including a softball field and picnic space.
Regional jobs open in National Park Service
The National Park Service is currently looking for a temporary, Kotzebue-based cultural resources technician through the summer months. The full-time technician would work with the Subsistence Program Manager collecting information in the field.
The job is part of a National Park Service program aimed at hiring more local residents who have first hand knowledge of the wildland areas the park service works within.
The Service is looking for people with particular knowledge of the natural and cultural resources in the Kobuk Valley National Park, the Noatak National Preserve or near Cape Krusenstern National Monument.
A second opening, this one for up to three positions, looks for a technician to act as a community liaison assistance. These positions are part-time and assist the park's Community Liaison as they work with communities, corporations and governments within the Northwest region. Similar experience or knowledge to the subsistence manager assistant position is required. A resume is required for application. For more information on how to apply, contact the park office in downtown Kotzeube on 3rd Avenue. Or call Vanessa at (907) 442-8302. These job openings close Monday.
Nageak wraps legislative session with doctor's visit, Inupiat prayer
Arctic Rep. Ben Nageak, D-Barrow, joined his fellow lawmakers in the rush of a closing legislative session, collaborating on oil tax, gas line and budget bills that will guide Alaska's financial future.
A Juneau newspaper also reported that Nageak had checked himself into a hospital on Friday for brief monitoring of chest pains.
Nageak was medevaced to Anchorage last month, where two stents were put into his heart to bypass blockages. Nageak was reportedly in good spirits, however, and continued to work with other lawmakers through the end of the session.
"I was especially honored to give the invocation to the House on April 9, the 85th day of this session," Nageak wrote in a recent release. "I spoke first in my language, and then translated into English. That prayer was entered into the House Journal in its entirety."
Aapavut Qilagiittuatiin, Quyanaagiptigin Uvlupaqmi. Quyanaagslutinsuli uvagut atanauruaguut uumani Tatirviptigniituagut sauvautisukslugi Inupayaurat Alaska-mi. Quyanaagiptivgin suli suna-payauraq ikayuutauruaq qaisimaaqtan inupayauranginnun Alaskam. Ilivin kisivin munagingagivsivut siggaqniugapta taimangaqanga suli umialugutigsraptignik aitchuhuta iluqaptapayauraq uumani Alaskamiit-tuaguut. Apiqsriurunga ilignun kiika munagiluta uvagut atanauruaguut uumani katiriviptinni savautivlugi inupayaurat. Atqin suamaruaguvlugu angaiyurugut. Amen.
Our Father in heaven. We thank you for this day. Thank you for the opportunity you have given all of us here in this chamber to do what is best for all of Alaskans throughout this great state of ours. We thank you for the bounty you have provided for all of us who call this great State home. You and you alone have sustained us through great hardships in the past and the great fortune you bestowed upon all citizens of Alaska. I ask that you continue to be with each and every one of us here in this chamber as we do the people's work on their behalf. In your mighty name we pray. Amen.