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Always with us

by Peter Twitchell I never knew growing up that I would be called to be an alcohol counselor. I became a substance-abuse counselor in 1995 working at the Phillips Alcohol Treatment Center in Bethel, Alaska. […]

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The land sustains us

by Peter Twitchell When I left my home in Bethel I knew I would miss our subsistence way of living and the people of southwest Alaska and the Yukon. I will never forget the land, […]

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Celebrating Christmas

by Peter Twitchell Worldwide we as a human race have had our share of turmoil and anxiety with viruses, storms, wars, and anger. December is the time of peace and joy when families, tribes, and […]

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Preserve the teachings of old

by Peter Twitchell Our way of life as we knew it has changed drastically in the last few decades. The teachings of our ancestors the ancients, the elders is being forgotten and not practiced anymore […]

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Today is a gift

by Peter Twitchell Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ of Nazareth I believe has a purpose for each and every one of us who are still able. I know Almighty Creator God plays an important […]

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Sears Roebuck catalogue days

by Peter Twitchell There are countless humorous stories from the early days. One story involves the Sears Roebuck catalog. Here is as I heard it. I was told by an Elder on the southwest coast […]

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Loving memories

by Peter Twitchell My first cousin Mary Evon told me when I was a teenager that all my cousins were my brothers and sisters. I began looking at Mary as a leader, an Elder who […]

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The great voices of radio past

by Peter Twitchell Through the years since May 1971 KYUK has had great announcers – people like Levi Lott. He was one of the first announcers, he was from Tuluksak knowing the traditional language of […]

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Live in the present

by Peter Twitchell I try my best to live in the present, in the moment because that’s all I have in my life – this moment to breathe fresh air, to feel the sun’s warmth on […]

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The Golden Years

by Peter Twitchell Life gets interesting as I age. First, I’ll admit time flew by from my youth to my retirement age. I have to admit again that it seems like it’s slowed down to […]

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Remembering 9/11

by Peter Twitchell It just dawned on me on this day 9/11/2001 between 9:30 and 10 o’clock I was camped across from the Aniak gravel bar watching two American jet fighters behind the Korean Airlines […]

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Never again to be seen

by Peter Twitchell When I was a boy about 13 my mom made a profound statement that I never forgot. As a matter of fact, she brought this up twice to me into my teens […]

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It’s time to grow up

by Peter Twitchell Each one of us are given gifts that help us to grow in the body of Christ. In Ephesians 4:16 Christ Jesus is the head of the church. As followers of Christ […]

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We live on through our music

by Peter Twitchell I returned to Bethel over the last couple days to clear out my Bethel storage. It didn’t make any sense to live in the Matanuska Valley and have storage in Bethel. It […]

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Some things don’t make sense

by Peter Twitchell I didn’t want to watch the news after the multiple shootings and needless mass killings across our country in the last three years, it’s been a really sad state of our country now […]

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The choice is yours

by Peter Twitchell I can share that I have been in church gatherings since infancy. Mom always bundled me up and brought me to worship services in church for the family of God gatherings, to […]

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Yup’ik word origins

by Peter Twitchell I had no clue that some Yup’ik words had their origins from the Natives from Russia. Words like milk (mulukuuq), miiskaq (large bowl for making Eskimo Ice Cream or, “Akutaq”), tengmiaq (goose), […]

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Carrying on the torch

by Peter Twitchell All our Elders are going home, now we are the Elders. Yes – baby boomers. It was wonderful to grow up from kids to adults being fed a daily diet of words […]

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Protection of private property

by Peter Twitchell This is Peter Twitchell, lifelong citizen of Bethel. My family settled and lived in Bethel Alaska since time immemorial. I for one, although I live far from the city limits of Bethel, […]

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Our sacred land

by Peter Twitchell Who is teaching our kids about our sacred Tundra land, air, and sea? We the people are the stewards of this land to take care of it as we would an infant […]

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School years of old

by Peter Twitchell I want to write a little story about village of Akiak in 1962. When I was 11 years old in ‘61 dad David Adams Twitchell took me up to the village of […]

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Believe it or not

by Peter Twitchell There was an interesting question posed to two contestants on the Family Feud show today. Host Steve Harvey asked each member of the family this question: “What makes you suspect that your […]

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The best gift

by Peter Twitchell When I was growing up across the river from Bethel it was also our fish campsite where mom and dad made the best fish salmon slabs and strips. The fish was always […]

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We can’t give away what we don’t have

by Peter Twitchell I heard someone make the statement that “alcohol does not let people get violent.” I myself would never make such a statement. I couldn’t because I believe alcohol fuels our negative emotions […]

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Live and learn

by Peter Twitchell Live and learn! Until today I didn’t know plants needed food! Growing up I never gave this a second thought! I guess I never looked deep enough into the soil so to […]

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Innocent lives

by Peter Twitchell I am amazed about talk shows on TV, especially since the pandemic started in 2020. Many of them are of a personal nature, such as people who don’t have an idea whose […]

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The kindness of strangers

by Peter Twitchell Recently I was at a grocery chain store here in Wasilla. Upon checking out I searched my pockets, my card clasp, and my wallet for the discount card. My total purchases were […]

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A better year

by Peter Twitchell I learn something new every day and that’s a good thing and the fact is that we all do. How has it been all these many years that I thought Merrill Field […]

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Easter Sunday

by Peter A. Twitchell I was brought up from a baby in the 1950s. Already, our Yupiaq people like my Grandma Hannah Pitka, my Mom Sarah, her sister Annie Nansen, Mary Kohl, and Mollia Woods […]

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Good advice will be remembered

by Peter Twitchell I would like to talk about growing up in Bethel, Alaska and one man in particular. That was our tribal chief Edward Hoffman who never neglected us boys. The moment we ran […]

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Single parents deserve our thanks

by Peter Twitchell I believe single mothers and fathers deserve recognition because they are so strong for whatever reason. There are men and women both who have children in their custody and they choose to […]

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Godspeed, Congressman Young

by Peter Twitchell So long to Alaska’s Representative and friend, Don Young. I’ve always felt he was our representative and friend in Congress for fighting for the best interests of Alaskans and his State. I […]

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Memories of Berry Camp

by Peter Twitchell Mom, Dad, and Grandma Hannah had a favorite salmonberry picking spot back in the 1950s when I was growing up. The area sits below Tuntutuliak on the Kuskokwim right side of the […]

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Healthcare today

by Peter Twitchell I had my post-op for my hernia surgery today February 24, 2022 at the Alaska Native Medical Center hospital. I ran into an old friend who asked me how I’ve been. I […]

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Man’s best friend

by Peter Twitchell I remember the days of the Fur Rondy Festival weekend sled dog races in Anchorage back in the 50s when there were many local mushers and names of familiar people from rural […]

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A fixture of our past

by Peter Twitchell The “Outhouse” is a thing of the past but I remember it like it was yesterday. I was a boy growing up 3 miles on the other side of the Kuskokwim River […]

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I wouldn’t wish this on anyone

by Peter Twitchell Webster’s dictionary defines a hernia as a protrusion of an organ or part (such as the intestine) through connective tissue or through a wall of the cavity (as of the abdomen) in […]

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Reflections on life

by Peter Twitchell The year 2020 to 2022 has been like an eye-opener to me. It made me look at our behaviors as Humanity a lot closer and gave me more focus on us as […]

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A Miracle in 1983

by Peter Twitchell What I experienced back in 1983 is a Miracle. There is no other way I can explain it. Early in 1983 mysteriously the palms of my hands and the soles of my […]

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Childhood lessons

by Peter Twitchell I was a boy of 7 to 8 years old when I was visiting with my cousin Joe Woods Jr. at Grandma Hannah’s fish camp up the “Straight Slough” upriver from Bethel […]

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The effects of the pandemic

by Peter Twitchell I am eternally grateful to the Native organizations who provided us with Alaska COVID relief aid the past two years. First, the Orutsararmiut Tribal organization in Bethel, and the Bethel Native Corporation, […]

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The freedom to choose

by Peter Twitchell Medical professionals and science say those unvaccinated people face being hospitalized in 2022. Today they reported 277,000 Omicron Covid cases per day across the United States alone. Whatever happened to our precautions […]

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Elder survival wisdom

by Peter Twitchell Always be prepared for cold weather. After talking to my friend Charlie Kilangak of Emmonak about survival strategies it really got me to thinking about what I used to hear our Elders […]

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Never a dull moment

by Peter Twitchell When I first started working for KYUK public radio station in 1971 a year after I started working I began attending radio conferences in the lower 48. One year in the West […]

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Memories of Christmas Past

by Peter Twitchell As we prepare for the Christmas holiday my memories go back to when I was a child of eight, nine, and ten. I went to Sunday school at the Bethel Moravian church […]

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Birthday blessings

by Peter Twitchell Back in 2013 my daughter Suzi celebrated her 15th birthday. I remember back when I was 15. I told Suzi after my 15th birthday four months later I lost my Dad and […]

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Dedication to the station

by Peter Twitchell In the 24 years I worked at the KYUK radio station there were two notable radio engineers who came to KYUK. There were a few of them throughout the years, but Bob […]

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Old traditions

by Peter Twitchell When I was a boy growing up in the 1950s in Bethel, Alaska whenever a loved one passed on a family member of the deceased burned the clothes of their loved ones. […]

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Warm memories of cold winters

by Peter Twitchell Back in Bethel, during the 1960’s, us kids went house to house down Mission Road, including our friends and relatives’ homes on Main Street. The people of Bethel were always without fail […]

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A better tomorrow

by Peter Twitchell We must never forget our Ancients who nurtured us by feeding us a steady diet of healthy food to help our minds, our hearts, our bodies, and our spirit to develop into […]

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Make it count

by Peter Twitchell This is Peter Adams Twitchell. I don’t mind saying I was a substance abuse counselor for 17 years, mainly for inmates in the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center and Phillips treatment facility named […]

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A song in my heart

by Peter Twitchell I’ve liked and I’ve loved music all my life. I believe music, singing, dancing all have some benefit to giving me longevity, freedom to express my feelings and my emotions in a […]

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Changing Times

by Peter Twitchell Today we are inundated with with extreme weather conditions. When I went to Southern Lake Tahoe in July, fires were raging in California and the smell of fire was in the air. […]

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Fall subsistence harvest

by Peter Twitchell Our Indigenous people in Alaska never wasted any part of an animal they hunted. There was no such thing as “trophy hunters.” They caught a fish in their subsistence nets, and cooked […]

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Our changing world

by Peter Twitchell Bobby Gregory told me today September 03, 2021 that the KVNA building was torn down. It’s always good to hear a bit of news from back home however disappointing, we know nothing […]

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The way to wellness

by Peter Twitchell As far as I can gauge alcohol, it’s general abuse by people who drink alcohol like fish drink water, the poison which it is, in high amounts kills physically, emotionally, mentally and […]

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Elders are our Culture Bearers

by Peter Twitchell I have gained knowledge of the old ways, Traditions of our People, the Culture of our People of Southwest Alaska. First and foremost from my parents David and Sarah Twitchell, my maternal […]

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Making ends meet

by Peter Twitchell We were all limited in our income – those of us with big families. I had a family of five and I worked three jobs for 50 years. My regular job, custodial […]

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Go the extra mile

by Peter Twitchell Being an extra mile person is not the easiest thing I’ve ever done, but it’s getting easier. We always expect something in return. If you do something for me then I’ll do […]

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Preserving our Language and Culture

by Peter Twitchell It’s good that indigenous people are getting their covid vaccinations, not just to extend our lives but to preserve our native culture through our culture bearers, our Elders, and our children. To […]

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A cleaner future

by Peter Twitchell As a boy in the Early Years of my childhood the sky was clear and the sun shown brightly in the 1950s. Our skies were not polluted like they are today with […]

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It is better to give

by Peter Twitchell Many of our native people have been cautious about getting a covid immunization, which is an individual choice, I won’t judge anyone. I chose to get a covid shot because I have […]

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July 4th Bethel Style

by Peter Twitchell When I was a boy in Bethel, Alaska back in the 50s right about now excitement was growing with the July 4th Celebration a few days away. I thought about the Men’s […]

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5K Finisher

by Peter Twitchell Today I was getting ready to go on my usual mile walk, when I noticed booths getting set up on the compound where I live in Wasilla. An Elder told me that […]

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We must respect our land

by Peter Twitchell I have to reflect back when I was a youngster growing up… our Elders loved to steam together and tell stories of the day’s successful hunts and laugh. They lived to be […]

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Grateful for our Blessings

by Peter Twitchell Year by Year our body is aging. I’m 71, thinking I am aging “gracefully”. I can still walk. I can walk full steam ahead for ½ mile and not feel winded and […]

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A man named Yulqutaq

by Peter Twitchell I noticed an old man back in the Fifties, he had my undivided attention! Every spring he took his kayak out from under the building and put it on a homemade sled […]

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Seal oil saved me

by Peter Twitchell My grandson “Agyaq” (Rising Star) loves cottonwood smoked strips and dried fish, first try! I guess all us Yup’iks love our subsistence foods. Its in our DNA and in our body. Our […]

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Homelessness Disappointing

by Peter Twitchell A bit of sad happening at Watson’s Corner. Over the winter my Mom Sarah Twitchell’s home at Watson’s Corner was used by the homeless of Bethel and trashed. I was informed by […]

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Friends

by Peter Twitchell Mr. Jack Hopstad was not only a lifelong friend but a lifeline for me. When I was a boy, Dad visited Olaf, Jack’s dad, and I was introduced to Jack. Dad immediately […]

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Thunder Basketball Club

by Peter Twitchell Last weekend was an amazing weekend at Camp Verdes, Arizona. We enjoyed ourselves. For students and parents alike it was good to be back in the gym. The crowd, the momentum and […]

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The Joy of Here and Now

by Peter Twitchell I heard someone say, “I didn’t have much of a childhood.” When I reflect on this, and really think about what the man said, I can begin to understand what he meant. […]

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Food for the table

by Peter Twitchell There are just too many guns in the world that are being abused, because they are in the hands of the wrong people. Here, let me qualify this statement a bit. First […]

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Preparing for higher learning

by Peter Twitchell COVID-19 did a lot of damage in lost revenue to everyone, loss of life, loss of work and small businesses, reduced funding to schools, lost revenue to colleges due to reduced classes […]

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Colors

by Peter Twitchell David Johnson said, “Like death and taxes there is no escaping color. It is ubiquitous yet what does it all mean?” People are more relaxed in green rooms. In the 1950s, Northern […]

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Why???

by Peter Twitchell I have happy memories of growing up on the other side of Bethel a quarter of a mile upriver. From the old Civil Aeronautics Administration (C.A.A.), as it was called, and the […]

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It is our Duty to Survive

by Peter Twitchell I thought I retired from working a job, but today I miss working with people and I really have this desire in my heart to go back to the work force! I […]

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For Peace of Mind

by Peter Twitchell As a Counselor I had to look at relationships with people. There is more to being a couple than meets the eye. When two individuals become (1) one with each other it […]

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An interesting trip to Arizona

by Peter Twitchell It was a very interesting trip to the State of Arizona. I was surprised that the terrain was not flat but mountainous and rough with steep rocky mountain ranges and deep valleys, […]

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New and exciting possibilities

by Peter Twitchell If we don’t keep up with today’s technology we sadly get left behind. Life has become easier because of satellites, microchips, fiber optics, cell phones, and the internet. Telemedicine is wonderful and […]