It was like the 80s logging and mill battles all over again last night at the Chilkat Center only this time it was mining vs. fish. (Sort of. It wasn't meant to be, but we jumped the gun.) "A little tense" is how one friend described the informational meeting on Tier 3 or Outstanding National Resource Water status for the Chilkat River under the Clean Water Act. (I know, it’s a mouthful.) Michelle Hale of the Alaska DEC spoke and answered questions about the river’s recent nomination by the Klukwan Village and a statewide fishermen’s group.
I have two obituaries to write today for teacher Betty Venables who taught at The Haines Christian School back when there was one, and George Meacock Jr., who was the son of a prominent pioneering family. George graduated from Haines High in 1951 in a class with three boys and three girls. One of them was Myrna, and George's wife Gladys who married him in 1975, suggested I talk with her for older memories. I asked Myrna about him at church yesterday, and she gasped. She hadn't known George had died.
“They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”
~ Harper Lee, from To Kill a Mockingbird