Letters to the Editor

Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2001

Governor did right thing by ending Katie John appeals

The recent decision to discontinue the Katie John appeals makes sense. After 10 years and five losses why should we throw more time and money away?

To the state senators who claim the governor has abdicated state's rights, one might ask where they have been for the last 11 years? The ones yelling the loudest have done the least to craft a solution that includes "letting the people vote."

We will always have disputes regarding fishing priorities in Alaska. Those of us on the Kenai Peninsula realize that more than anyone. But, we also value the many aspects of our fisheries including subsistence. When we smoke and dry fish, fill the freezer, can the salmon or trade fish for jam, we borrow a page or two from that lifestyle that is indigenous to Alaska.

I don't always agree with the governor on fisheries issues. On this one, I think he did the right thing.

Judy Salo

Former state senator, District E


Biologist should do more research before commenting on glowing fish

In response to the article on "glowing salmon in Holy Cross," I think Randy Brown, fish biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, had better do more research before making comments on the weather and how the fish is prepared and processed by the Demientieff family of Holy Cross. Or any other Native people of Bush Alaska.

Like one resident said, "August is always like this" -- meaning cool and damp. For this reason, there is a lot of work and time taking care of the precious food that is the main staple of the diet for most.

Fire is kept up day and night to keep the dampness out. Also, ventilation is important for the drying process. A light salt bath on the fish also helps keep any bacteria at a low trace, if any at all. Rancid strips/salmon jerky and stink heads have never been a part of the Demientieff family tradition.

How dare this ignorant Randy Brown make such generalized comments!

My folks, Luke and Alice Demientieff, have put up fish for the past 70 years on both the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers and their parents before them -- with no reports or hearsay of glowing fish. They have taught their children well in the process -- and the tradition goes on.

As for the person who made the comment of how clean they might not be in preparation, I laugh in his face.

The reporter is also biased, not really caring -- oh, it's just those Natives. No one wants to hear about how polluted the oceans are becoming, causing the mutation of many species. We don't need a college education to realize that!

Joyce Demientieff Norman


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