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.

Let’s just say baby care and blogging do not go together. (No harm to mommy bloggers, they are no doubt better at multi-tasking and organizing devices than this granny blogger is. Plus, I wanted to be sure I was present, as they say, with young James.) Anyway, I’m home for a bit now, and will do my best to keep you better informed. There’s a lot going on. The Freeride World Tour extreme skiers and boarders are here, which is big– 36 of whe world’s best big mountain riders and about 100 support crew and media people. They arrived last week, and are still waiting for avalanche safe snow. The word is the competition may happen tomorrow. Here’s a video about heliskiing here that will take your breath away.

It’s the schools’ Spring Break here and in Juneau, and three Haines teams are in the Gold Medal tournament down there. Wednesday morning at 10:30 there’s a workshop at the museum on how to design outside sculptures and art displays so they survive the weather. Thursday should be a fun Rivertalk (the last one was great) since the theme is “Bear Tales (Bare Tails)” it begins at 7 in the Chilkat Center lobby. The Fireweed opens for the season Friday at 4:30 (Yay! Spring really is here…right on time. It’s March 20.) Also Friday at 7 in the library Anchorage poet Jeremy Pataky will read from his new book, and will host a round table event so local poets can share our poems. The annual Health Fair is Saturday at the school, 8-noon, and you have to fast to get the blood tests. Saturday night Yukon musician Michael Lien performs at 8 in the Chilkat Center. And I hear the best skiing of the season is happening at 25 mile, better late than never.