I live and write on Lingít Aaní, and gratefully acknowledge the past, present and future caretakers of this beautiful place, the Jilkaat Kwaan and Jilkoot Kwaan.

“The past six days in Haines have been traumatic,” Mayor Olerud is saying on the radio. My dad and grand daughters are downstairs. I’m up the stairs at my desk, where I have been since this began, matching volunteers to needs and helping the Mayor and his team with this crisis. Yesterday they stopped the search for Jenae and David and it let loose another kind of flood, you know? It’s really been hard. Everyone is so tired. And a little scared. The rain finally stopped today so that’s good. But there is still lots to do. KHNS and the Chilkat Valley News will have  all the newsy updates.

I hope I have time for a longer note soon. Thank you so much for all the love and concern. My family is all okay, but as we say, not okay, because all of Haines is grieving and hurting and still in the thick of this, and another home is being emptied as it may slide off its foundation even as I type.  We are all wondering when and if people can go home, what was lost, what can be salvaged, and more. We have found a lot of love and compassion for each other that had been missing the last few years. There is that. And it’s huge.