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.

Halloween keeps on giving in Haines through the weekend–  The Babbling Book has Halloween stickers and tattoos and next door at Buckshot and Bobby Pins there are wigs. The Uglys haunted house will be open 6:00 to about 8:30 on Halloween in the ANB Hall, and the  Pioneer iPod DJ dance party for adults begins at 9:00. There’s no school Friday so trick-or-treaters and their parents can recover. Also, it’s still so mild that  not only trick-or-treaters are out and about in the dark. There are lots of  cyclists and walkers, so be sure to keep your eyes open if you are driving- and if you aren’t use a light and wear reflective gear.  (And hopefully you’ll keep walking all winter if the Borough clears the new sidewalks– have we bought one of those nifty sidewalk sized snow-blower/plows with a cab for the driver that Juneau has?)  Saturday night Governor Sean Parnell will be speaking at the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner. It begins at 6:00 at Harriett Hall.  Even though it’s Halloweentime, I’m pretty sure he will not be wearing a  cape and mask, then again, maybe he has a sense of humor?