It is so interesting that on Monday the news was all over the papers-- Extreme Hiker Missing in Tongass was one headline--and that here in Haines we had no idea the hiker was in our backyard. Then, just as we are all talking about it and wondering and worrying-- the story leaves the state-wide papers and the web. At the same time, now it really is news. There is a serious rescue in the works and the weather is not co-operating. A 28 year-old Skagway man has been stuck without food on the Upper Meade Glacier going on a week. And it has not been a good week for a sleep out.
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My husband Chip said he could solve the healthcare debate in a second. "It's easy, just cut the health insurance for congress. Let them try to buy the same level of care. Guarantee we'd have a new system the next day." We are self insured. In this, we wish Haines were in Canada.
I figure since I told you someone was stuck in the mountains between Haines and Skagway and needing help, I better let you know what is up-- Skagway News is a good source for the complete story, as will be the Chilkat Valley News in a couple of days-- Also, the Juneau Empire should have an update this evening. But in the meantime, here's what's going on as far as I can tell: the 28 year old Skagway tour guide is apparently still up near the Meade Glacier. Rescue attempts have been made most of the day today, but the weather is very bad up in there.
They told us Haines is the best place they have ever played, and asked if they could take the full-house audience in the Chilkat Center (all 300 of us) with them on tour. They would have a lot of takers last night, what with the crazy blizzard of wet snow. The Ahn sisters also couldn't believe everyone braved the storm to come to hear them. Actually, hear and see them. I'm not sure which was more impressive, closing my eyes and listening to the music, or watching them play it. They had so much fun, and made it seem so easy. Also, they chatted with us just like they had in my living room.
Marnie looked out the big windows of the Chilkat Center and said " let's hope the Coast Guard is on its way" as we finished Morning Muscles today at 7 am. Only half a dozen of us were there, probably because of the big storm yesterday and last night. The same storm turned back rescue crews trying to pick up a stranded Skagway hiker, (or maybe, I heard at the concert last night, a kite skier) out near the Meade Glacier between Haines and Skagway. He has had no food for a few days and is cold.
The visiting Ahn Trio, twins Lucia and Maria, and their sister Angella watched the Academy Awards last night at our house with the same interest we had watched the weekend high school basketball games from Sitka. (We are a little depressed that the girls lost by one point to Mt. Edgecumbe for third place. But happy they made it that far, and that at least their coach is a Haines guy-- our friend Carl Blackhurst.) The Ahn Trio had seen the movies and knew the actors and the presenters, or at least who they were.
We watched the movie Limbo last night, the one filmed in Juneau and directed by John Sayles. I had never seen it. But I did see some folks I recognized. Like the Haines Harbormaster and a Haines Volunteer Fireman... and remember the woman who played Mother Superior in Nunsense? She had a speaking part. Most of the movie was on an island where it didn't rain as much as it should have, and it didn't really make any sense. I guess the island was supposed represent Limbo, a place between heaven and hell? It didn't work for me.
A winter storm warning with up to 15 inches of snow and high winds that poses a potential threat to life and property (to quote the weather service bulletin) is not news. But after making it halfway through mud season, and the ugliness that comes with it, it was kind of pretty to have the snow piles all clean again. On Main Street yesterday everyone was hurrying in and out of cars and stores in the snowy gales and complaining, mostly. Then one friend said "I kind of like it" sheepishly. "It's spring snow." I liked it because I spent another day happily indoors with baby Caroline.
I have been enjoying walking my daughter's dog on the Portage Cove beach these last few weeks. (It is a challenge for her to do it with the baby and especially the recent stormy weather.) Which is why I sent a comment to the Army Corps of Engineers opposing the two million dollar parking lot and bathroom proposed for construction on the waterfront this summer. It would fill a pretty good chunk of the beach and block public access at many high tides. Plus it is ugly, and I don't think, needed. But to be fair, I asked the Corps to request the Borough to hold a public hearing.
Mark you calendars and buy a ticket early so you won't miss it- the world renowned (really!) Ahn Trio will perform at the Chilkat Center Monday night. This is a big deal for anyplace, and especially for Haines. Tickets are on sale at the Babbling Book store. The Ahn trio are the rock stars of the classical music world, and the three women in it are on People's most beautiful people list. Culture and style and gorgeous music, right here. It will be like taking a vacation.