The volunteer fire department doused a boiling brush fire down at the south end of the Chilkat River Beaches Recreation Area this afternoon-- and luckily a north wind was blowing which pushed it toward the Carr's Cove rocks and away from the homes down here-- like mine. The response by the fire department was swift and sure so it didn't skip the road and catch the trees and hillside homes up there on fire. The best guess is a coal from a campfire yesterday in the popular picnic pit by the road was fanned out by the high winds and re-ignited in the dry grass, which sure blew up fast.
I walked on the windy beach this morning with friends and our dogs, and we remembered Art Jess. The longtime community leader died Saturday at his home here. He had been declining, but it was unexpected, his wife Leanne said. He was 83. I do think "leader" is more than safe to say when describing Art, because he was such a positive presence-- on boards, at public meetings, and volunteering everywhere it seems, but also in his daily life. I appreciated his comments as much at a hard funeral this winter as I did while we were putting on our boots after a swim at the pool.
I mean this with all due the respect. Evelyn Arbuckle's memorial service out at the Covenant Life Center farm community center was great. The whole morning was, from the drive out the highway in the spring sunshine, crossing the bridge made famous on Gold Rush Alaska, waving at the snowmachiners getting ready for a run down the Porcupine Road, then heading down the still snow covered, high-bermed Chilkat Lake Road to the farm itself with the cozy steep roofed residences on winding lanes to the mutli-use tabernacle in its center.
"It isn't the big troubles in life that require character. Anybody can rise to a crisis and face a crushing tragedy with courage, but to meet the petty hazards of the day with a laugh-- I really think that requires spirit." From Jean Webster's novel, Daddy-Long Legs
Oh I just love Spring when it rolls in like this-- what another beautiful day- with sunny skies in the forecast all weekend, highs near 40, and overnight lows in the teens. What is not to love about these long light days?
As my editor Tom at the Chilkat Valley News reminds me, news is when things don't go the way they are supposed to.Haines has been making news lately. We are all still waiting word from the radio station on the fate of Aaron Karitis, a 31 year-old Oregon based heliski guide for SEABA who was buried in an avalanche on Saturday and is in critical condition in an Anchorage hospital.
An Irish Prayer:
I'm coming back to life after the flu that won't quit. I hate being ill, I am too healthy for this. Oh well. Here is what you need to know-- best selling Alaskan author Don Rearden is speaking at the library today at 4, don't miss him-- if that's possible for you-- and tomorrow at 11 is the Dennis Miles Memorial ski race at 26 mile, and Tod Sebens is giving a slide show at 1 at the library on his bike ride around Cuba.