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 best news I’ve heard in a longtime is that Haines is getting a Zamboni for our natural-ice-outdoor hockey rink built and maintained by an all volunteer crew at the Fairgrounds. Turns out the mayor of Haines Junction, Yukon Territory ( about 160 miles over the pass from here, pop. about 600) is getting a new one for his village’s indoor ice arena and is donating the old one to us– in exchange for a salmon barbecue up there on Canada Day (July 1). One hockey booster, who also happens to own a salmon smokery and fresh fish shop, said he’s hitting up local fisher folk for donations–   he said he figures  150 filets ought to do it. The next question is, who will drive the Zamboni down the Haines Highway?