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Congratulations to our Iditarod Champion

by Peter Twitchell Congratulations to Pete Kaiser, our 2019 Iditarod Sled Dog Race Champion! You have set the course for future generations of Yup’ik mushers! A Yup’ik by birth Pete’s ancestral roots go deep into […]

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How time flies

by Peter Twitchell It’s good to see high school, college-age parents and grandparents fill up the dance hall at Carpenter’s Hall in downtown Anchorage, where the young and old mingle. I never see kids running […]

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Music is alive and well

by Peter Twitchell Just a couple schools of thought. My relative David Chanar reiterated the return of vinyl records! They are here so are the phonograph record players! Available in every major store and pawn […]

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Getting involved unites us

by Peter Twitchell Tonight 3-4 bands will play at the Carpenter’s Hall following a potluck. It will be a sober event where families gather. Activities here in the biggest village in Alaska are a little […]

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Blessings for 2019

by Peter Twitchell Two weeks already into a new year, it’s time to lighten our load of excess baggage! Let’s get rid of resentments, jealousy, hatred, envy, anger, blame, temper, even our great BIG ego, […]

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Christmas brings families together

by Peter Twitchell Christmas in the 1950s was a special time in Bethel. Students were getting ready for Christmas by making rings out of cray paper. Mrs. Fancher helped us cut strips of colored paper […]

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Remembering a good friend

by Peter Twitchell My cousin Joseph Adolph Woods Jr. and I were like brothers. We grew up together in Bethel. We hunted together with our cousins Joseph “Manny” Evon and Henry Kohl. We were successful […]

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The Sleeping Giant

by Peter Twitchell The earth is like a sleeping giant, when it awakes it is uncontrollable. In my 67 years walking the tundra, the land has been friendly. I experienced my first earthquake November 30, […]

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Be a part of an Elder organization

by Peter Twitchell I had the great pleasure, first of all, to play my bass guitar in David Chanar’s “Pilot Bread” Fiddle Band, then on top of that to perform for the Elder’s of Wasilla’s […]

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It is good to see old friends

by Peter Twitchell I’m not one to believe that I should vote for a candidate for Governor because he wants to give me $3,000.00 for something he voted against giving me in the first place. […]

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Our Youth are the Hope for the Future

by Peter Twitchell Today marks the day of the 2018 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention held at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. The Elders and Youth Conference begins today (Oct. 15th, 2018) – we celebrate […]

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Let’s learn to be responsible with our money

by Peter Twitchell Our children should be learning about Aerospace, the next step to the stars and other intelligence. We’ve learned all we possible could about our world, but have we really? Let’s take the […]

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TransAlaska Oil Pipeline

by Peter Twitchell In 1968 a dream was hatched to build a transAlaska oil pipeline. On November 16, 1973, President Nixon signed the Line Bill. This started our nation, the United States of America, to […]

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Turn the negative into positive

by Peter Twitchell Monday, September 3, 2018 was a gorgeous sunny day at the Palmer State Fair, finally. I walked down from the red gate to Dena’ People’s Stage where I saw Native arts and […]

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Let us teach our children our values

by Peter Twitchell Here’s a motto I saw recently on the cap of someone who used to work on the North Slope: “Survival – Learn to Return”. I believe the same holds true for our […]

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A good role model inspires

by Peter Twitchell Bethel needs thinkers and planners who can let the wheels of school buses bring our children safely to and from school. Kusko Cab has a new fleet of suburbans, and they have […]

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Share the joy of life with others

by Peter Twitchell Lift up the face of your people (LUTFOYP)! You can do this by furthering your education, maintaining your job, raising a healthy family, being a good aunt or uncle, stewarding on land […]

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Native Village of Eklutna celebration

by Peter Twitchell The Native Village of Eklutna celebrated its Biennial Dena’ina Athabascan Potlatch/Powwow July 28-29, 2018. As I shared in the Athabascan cultural event, it became a personal moment for me. My uncles Timothy […]

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The Golden Years

by Peter Twitchell For decades Yupiaq people of the AVCP-Calista Region were considered by the western world as being poor. Still today they say 25 percent of our people are living in poverty and unemployment. […]

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Good things are happening

by Peter Twitchell I guess maybe I was lookin’ a little down when a black gentleman walked up to me and asked me, “how you doin’ friend?” Deep down I had feelings that were connected […]

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Making Natives the healthiest people

by Peter Twitchell The medical profession is not too far from fulfilling this promise. No longer do I go to dental to have them pull my teeth. There are really other alternatives to ignoring our […]

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Examine life’s mysteries

by Peter Twitchell Live life with gusto! Live it to the fullest. Have sober fun with your sober friends doing sober things like finishing Elementary, Jr. High, High School, going to college or Job Corp. […]

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Sharing Our Native Foods

by Peter Twitchell Thank you for those friends, John D., John S., Edward B., and others who have shared some of their bounty from the Great Kuskokwim River! This reminds me of our Grandfathers and […]

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Bill passes restricting smoking

by Peter Twitchell I was very pleased to see that our State Legislature passed a bill restricting smoking in taxi cabs. Thirdhand smoke is very unhealthy for passengers who use these cabs of Taxi Cab […]

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Honor and cherish your wife

by Peter Twitchell Today, May 13, 2018, was Mother’s Day and I learned a lesson from preacher Dr. Jerry Prevo of the Anchorage Baptist Temple. Jerry, in my opinion, is a down to earth guy […]

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Use caution, common sense

by Peter Twitchell I have been observing how men push their trucks in and around smaller weaker cars. These men are aggressive even in traffic using their powerful 8 cylinder stepped up trucks. When the […]

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The Skies the Limit to finding gainful employment

by Peter Twitchell Anchorage has given me even more options what to do to help people. I have been going to 3 job fairs and everyone wants to hire someone for the busy summer months […]

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Don’t procrastinate

by Peter Twitchell When work and job opportunity comes knocking don’t ignore it. Only you can reach your full potential. As summer is quickly approaching, start planning on what kind of work you’d like to […]

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Memorable trips and accomplishments in radio

by Peter Twitchell I went to the Desert March 23, 2018 to 3.31.18. The desert air agreed with me and I found myself enjoying the cool crisp air in the evenings and the temperature wasn’t […]

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The enjoyment of snow-free roads

by Peter Twitchell I’ve been watching with astonishment how the Anchorage roads and side roads have been plowed after a week of heavy snow. We’ve got huge piles of snow here about 50 inches so […]

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Keep speaking the tongue of our People

by Peter Twitchell For the last 100 years the YK Delta has suffered from alcohol and drug abuse. Now we are growing aware of reasons why we’ve been hurt and damaged by someone who was […]

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Music lives on in all of us

by Peter Twitchell I’ve had a love affair with music for all of my (67) sixty-seven years, and loved every minute of it. First, as a baby hearing my mom’s lovely voice in my ears […]

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Grandma’s stories of arranged weddings

by Peter Twitchell On February 14, 1965 I sent 14 valentines cards to Pastor Eichman’s daughter Beth. I liked her as a friend only and she could brave the cold with the rest of us. […]

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We are the creators of our destiny

by Peter Twitchell Life can be a blessing or a curse, think about it for a moment. We shape our world and color it. We can shape our lives with twists and bends that are […]

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Services are available for those who need help

by Peter Twitchell The Benefit of Living in Anchorage is all the city has to offer its residents – you are not alone here. For instance, there is help/assistance for grandparents who are raising their […]

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The Road to Recovery

by Peter Twitchell Most young people really don’t understand yet the dynamics of being addicted to chemicals like alcohol. Some teenagers think that when their friends get an assessment for substance abuse that their friend […]

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Memories of Christmas Past

by Peter Twitchell It really doesn’t matter where we are in this world, it is the season families feel a special closeness to each other, our villages and cities are aglow, like a pure heart. […]

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Memories of Christmas Fudge

by Peter Twitchell One morning during the Christmas season I went to work and was given some strips, pound cake and chocolate fudge. The chocolate fudge was special, being that day was Chief’s Day, celebrated […]

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The season of good cheer

by Peter Twitchell This is the happy time of the season, where Christians celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, baby Jesus, bringing hope, cheer, and love everywhere. The goodness of the people of Anchorage […]

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Thanksgiving in Phoenix

by Peter Twitchell A five and half hour jet ride south will get you to Pheonix, Arizona – a desert country where only the local Native people like Navaho, Apache, and Pima Indians really understand the […]

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Venturing in Alaska

by Peter Twitchell Last Thursday Carl Jack and I drove 190 miles Anchorage to Ninilchik by way of Cooper Landing, Sterling, Kenai and Soldotna. One of the great benefits of living on the road system! […]

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Elders Center is a gathering place

by Peter Twitchell The Big City of Anchorage with its many cars and people, where you are like a number, unknown, one autonomous individual where no one knows anything about you or who you are […]

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First Alaskans Elder’s and Youth Conference

by Peter Twitchell I attended the Alaska Federation of Natives Elder’s and Youth Conference in Anchorage, it was great! Thanks to Colin “Atauciq” McDonald for putting it together for us in organizing and facilitating the early […]

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Get involved in your community

by Peter Twitchell The privilege of serving your community is not to be taken for granted. I am saddened that our Bethel community lacks in local involvement when the opportunity to serve on the Bethel […]

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Joe Seibert – 28 great years of service to KYUK Radio

by Peter Twitchell Joe Seibert, Chief Engineer of KYUK Public Radio and Television has kept the station operational, on a daily basis, for the past 28 years. Let’s go back 28 years. Joe was from […]

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Fun and family time at the State Fair

by Peter Twitchell The last time I set foot on the State Fair in Palmer was 2013, so I lost sense of how crowded and busy it is, but thanks to my wife, she made […]

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Alcoholics Anonymous

by Peter Twitchell The meetings where alcoholics and recovering alcoholics meet and share their successes and defeats is an important part to recovery from the devastation alcohol has caused in our lives. It is important […]

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Public defenders have heavy caseloads

by Peter Twitchell “Sunday Morning,” with Jane Pauly on CBS featured a story on the Public Defender Agency and that hit really close to home for those of us that have been incarcerated one time […]

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Cetuqupak – Grey Whale

by Peter Twitchell The grey whale was divided among the people of southwestern Alaska who wanted a piece of the Cetuqupak, Yup’ik word for the Grey Whale. People generously shared the blubber with their neighbors […]

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Subsistence Life is a Healthy Life

by Peter Twitchell The majority of people in villages still depend solely on their subsistence way of life. For most of us today, it is crucial to eat subsistence foods to maintain good health practices. […]

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There is no need to speed

by Peter Twitchell I’m glad the Bethel Police Department is alert to speeders in Bethel. Our roads are in poor shape and dangerous. I’ve been in older cabs that bounce around and bottom out after […]

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The values of subsistence

by Peter Twitchell The Elders spoke earlier this summer about our Ancestors, who commissioned us to never fight about our resources like fish. However, we live in modern times and our sovereignty has been violated […]

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4th of July past

by Peter Twitchell Bethel 4th of July celebrations have always been a big event in the past. The preparation, where everyone pitched in, including City Municipality, as they do now, all service organizations, and someone […]

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Becoming healthy can become a habit

by Peter Twitchell Historian Will Durant said, “To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves.” What we say, what we think and what we do should all be in sync. When […]

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Memories live on, make good ones

by Peter Twitchell I opened the folder to 1959 and looked at the pictures I took with my Kodak Instamatic camera back then. The photos were in perfect shape. I look at the pictures from 1909 […]

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Be a voice for your people

by Peter Twitchell One of the great privileges we have as Americans is we have a voice on many levels including boards and commissions. As citizens of the great state of Alaska, we are the […]

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Please make our library a quiet sanctuary again

by Peter Twitchell I’ve been to the library more than usual since retiring from my job which was cut due to no funding. I cannot not believe the amount of noise at our library. It […]

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Traditional Values

by Peter Twitchell When I looked up “values” it means: principles, standards, morals, ethics, ideals, and when we talk about traditional values it could include these Tlingit Values: Respect for self and others including Elders, […]

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A Lot of Goodness

by Peter Twitchell I saw a lot of goodness at the 2A/B Regional basketball tournament. After a basketball game, recognition was given to a cheerleader of a different region. I really liked this. Just as an […]

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Those in recovery need stability and safety

by Peter Twitchell I liked the idea of the Therapeutic Court program for offenders and disadvantaged due to chemical additions like alcohol. I have never been in TC program but know in my heart that it […]

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Do not ever drink and drive

by Peter Twitchell Alcohol is a chemical addiction in the YK Delta, has been for generations and will be for generations. Some of us learn the hard way. The first time we went to jail […]