Weather and Thanksgiving

The weather is always a big topic of discussions, it is a major factor in everyone’s daily life. As Natalie told me yesterday, be careful Daddy you don’t have all the right gear on you might die out in the cold. This Fall has been a little trying. We received slightly more snow than normal before it got cold enough to freeze the lakes and rivers completely. The river here in Nenana was still open up till a week ago. There are big areas of overflow on the rivers and lakes, not fun when trying to operate the airplane or snowmachine!  For the past few weeks we have been setting new record lows and now there is a Chinook in the forecast and we might get above freezing this week.  Folks are always saying that “this weather is not normal” no matter the season or weather.  Well there is one thing I have learned, there is no “normal” to our weather.

Normally (I use the term loosely) we travel to the bush to spend Thanksgiving with friends.  It is one of several times during the year we all gather in one place and enjoy a couple of days of visiting, study and good food.  This year, weather and other’s travels postponed our gathering.  We were able to spend Thanksgiving with friends here in Nenana instead.  We hope that we can get together before Christmas and share some great fellowship and food.

Translator repair

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Last week Adam had the chance to take Rick Migra out to Ruby so they could see what it would take to get the radio translator back on the air.  The translator takes a satellite signal from Nenana and rebroadcasts it via a low power FM radio transmitter for the local area.  One of the difficulties of having these scattered all over Alaska is that it is hard to keep up with the preventive maintenance therefore many of these translators are only visited when there is a report of problems.  Ruby had been off the air for sometime due to a tree falling onto the dish and doing considerable damage.  Adam and Rick were able to patch a few things together but there are a few things that will have to be replaced in order to get this back on the air.  Parts have been ordered and when they arrive we will head back out and make the permanent repairs.  Once again the airplane is proving to be a wonderful tool for helping get the Gospel into remote Alaska.

By the way did you know that you can listen to the same signal that is being broadcast all over Alaska?  Listen online now!

Airplane vandalised

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I did the best preflight ever today.  When I went out to get the airplane ready for a flight I realized that someone had broken into the airplane and thrown everything out of the seat-backs looking for something to steal.  Thankfully no damage was done and only a couple of items were missing.  The Troopers are investigating…