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Tuvqakiyaraq

by Peter Twitchell In the old days in Eskimo country people really cared about their neighbor and families really cared about each other. Imagine living a hundred years ago in a Yupiaq community. The people […]

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Memories of Fishcamp

by Peter Twitchell When times are good and when times are hard, fish camp is a wonderful place to spend time with the family. When fish camping, everyone is working together for a common cause; […]

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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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Problem Solver

by Peter Twitchell Scientists are so smart, sometimes baffling how they think and what they accomplish in life, but the question still remains, are they that smart? Can they tell exactly how many stars there […]

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The Gray Bar Hotel

by Peter Twitchell I remember the time I went to the courthouse and sat in what I now know to be the main chamber. The attorney told me to be there by 10 a.m. so I […]

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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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Please respect others property

by Peter Twitchell Sunday, May 28, 2016 I checked in my two pieces of luggage and a tote in Anchorage at 0945 hours. When I got home to Bethel, I checked my bags and tote […]

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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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Crime is crime

by Peter Twitchell When I heard about the news from Dillingham concerning drugs and gun(s), I was confused. The news said a guy was arrested for “felony gun possession by a felon,” and that he […]

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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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Shareholder privilege

by Peter Twitchell If you are a member of a corporation like I am, I consider it a privilege, first to be counted. As a shareholder, my input and voting a proxy ballot is important. […]

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A scary thought

by Peter Twitchell Our fears are based on things we don’t know about the future. The future is about the unknown, so why worry about the unknown because it is not for certain. Ever since […]

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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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How are you doing?

by Peter Twitchell I wonder if the hospital really monitors the meds we’re prescribed? I wonder because I ask for a refill and often I get like nasal sprays and I feel just one time is […]

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New Patient Housing

by Peter Twitchell I was amazed when I went to ANMC this time to follow up on some health concerns I had. The new patient housing is awesome! Thanks for people who care about providing better […]

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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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Decades of friendship

by Peter Twitchell Bobby Fredericks was my friend for the past 50 years. I first met him at one of the Cowan Hut dances we used to have back in the 1960’s. He came to […]

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Notable people of Bethel

by Peter Twitchell Every day of our lives we see good, and good people. They are our neighbors, some of them deserve some recognition. And, I am glad to know them. I was at the […]

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Make America Great Again

by Peter Twitchell There were many injustices done to innocent people throughout our history of humanity. I had exposure to injustice to Japanese – Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. My future mom was […]

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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 […]

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Johnson River memories

by Peter Twitchell Time sure is quickly passing and winter will be spring again. It was a cold one, and I’m not certain too many people were on the ice making ice holes and hooking. […]

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Useless junk

by Peter Twitchell When I hear the word, “junk,” I think of things like trash and useless things. I remember talking to my cousin Joe and we talked about holding grudges, resentments, and hatred towards […]

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Christmas 1957

by Peter Twitchell It was December 25, 1957, Christmas morning, and the floors of my mom and dad’s house were warm from the 4 X 4 foot steel wood burning stove in the basement of […]