November 10th 3:40 pm | Staff Report
Leaders talk wildlife management across borders
By Shady Grove Oliver
The Arctic Sounder
A group of I?uit leaders from across the north gathered in Canada this week as part of the Circumpolar I?uit Wildlife Management Summit, hosted by the I?uit Circumpolar Council.
"...If we can get to the same level of co-management being practiced in Canada, then we can begin collectively to have serious talks about what's really needed, international collaboration on wildlife management in the Arctic," said Alaska ICC President Jim Stotts in his opening remarks. "Then we will move from food security into the realm of food sovereignty."
The group held panel discussions on food security, hunting and fishing, and the policies, perceptions, and social and economic conditions that influence them.
Delegates from Alaska included representatives of the North Slope Borough, the Northwest Arctic Borough, the Association of Village Council Presidents, the Ice Seal Committee, the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission, the Alaska Beluga Whale Committee, the Eskimo Walrus Commission, the ICC board, local hunters and youth, according to a release from the council.
City vehicles stolen in Kiana
Several four-wheelers belonging to the city of Kiana were stolen earlier this week, according to Alaska State Troopers.
The four missing vehicles were taken from where they were being housed at the local fire department. Kiana City Administrator Nelson Walker reported the burglary to troopers at 9 a.m. on Monday. An investigation to locate them is underway, troopers said.
North Slope celebrates I?uit Day
The North Slope joined I?uit and Iñupiaq communities across the globe on Tuesday, Nov. 7, in celebrating International I?uit Day.
Across the region, schools held celebrations, made special decorations and learned about local history. This day of commemoration coincides with the birthday of the late Utqiaġvik leader Eben Hopson, who was fundamental to the creation of the North Slope Borough.
"It is important to remember the lessons of the past," said Hopson in a televised speech from Dec. 19, 1975. "In addition, we must search and master the new changes if we are to continue to dominate the Arctic. We have demonstrated we can survive the trespasses which have been perpetuated upon us. We have been successful in establishing our own home rule government. We have been able to achieve self-government. We must strive to insure that our borough, our city governments and our school systems reflect our Iñupiat ideals. We are Iñupiaq."
Brian Ballot, killed in hit-and-run, remembered at Anchorage vigil
By Marc Lester
Alaska Dispatch News
Dozens of people gathered in Muldoon on Thursday evening to honor the memory of Brian Ballot, who was killed in a hit-and-run last week.
At the candlelight vigil, about 40 people sang "Amazing Grace" and prayed in the parking lot of Muldoon Road Baptist Church. Surrounded by Ballot's family and friends, his niece Nichole Daniels described an uncle who was outgoing, fond of telling stories and loved rock music. Tina Ballot, Brian's sister, said he was visiting Anchorage from Noorvik, where he lived, and had planned to return there soon.
"We loved my brother. Every single one of us loved him," Tina Ballot said.
Ballot, 49, was killed after he was struck by a vehicle at Muldoon Road and Fifth Avenue on Saturday. Anchorage police said the driver fled the scene. On Monday, police said a Dodge Neon suspected of being involved in the incident had been discovered and 22-year-old Caitlin Forbes had been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident without helping.