Nenana Wellness Coalition
April 16, 2013
The Nenana Wellness Coalition is an alliance of representatives from various organizations, government agencies, community groups and individuals that meets weekly to discuss, evaluate, coordinate, consolidate, celebrate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.
There were 12 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Jessica Durtsche, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, Virginia Young, Audrey Roth, Jeannie Bennet, Miles Martin, Virginisa Young, Mary Alexander and Tara.
We enjoyed moose baked chicken wings with potatoes. Carrots, and beets, mixed green salad, whole grain bread with butter, and Ritz crackers with sliced for lunch.
WELCOME followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT, by this week’s chair-person: Jeannie Bennet
PRAYER was led by Jeannie Bennet, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no additions to the agenda.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Posted on the WIN link at www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: no new guests this week.
N2Oil: Jim Sackett began his presentation by announcing his happiness that House Bill 4 passed the state legislature, approving the instate gas-line, known as the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) which he says has an estimated completion/production of 2019. This pipeline is slated to come right through Nenana and is a “lean gas scenario, tap ready, all you’ll need is a ball valve and a gauge” to bring natural gas into our community for commercial use. He believes this will be a boon to Nenana. The legislature also passed funding for the Tochakat Road which will extend 24 miles out to the state Ag lands, UAF experimental ag land, and mental health trust lands. There are 16 thousand acres of state ag land slated to be brought onto the market for sale, in 2015, as well as some of the mental health lands, he said. There is also Toghotthele lands out there to potentially be developed.
Jim said this new proposed road stops at the uplands but with the construction of a winter bridge could be used to access remote villages in the Interior. The road was extended to Nunivaq 1 in 2009, out to Nunivaq 2 this winter and will be expanded from 16 feet wide to 24 feet wide. Due to the big forest fire in 2008, there is “a lot” of dried dead standing wood out there available, but the road will be closed after today for the duration of the construction season due to safety concerns, to be opened for public use again come winter when road construction is complete.
Jim showed us a series of aerial photographs of the roadwork to date, which by his estimation will be totally completed by October 2014. They are putting down a foot of sand, then road construction fabric, then 2 more feet of sand, topped by four feet of gravel, with four-foot tall culverts. They is a 500 foot right.
They have constructed a 300 by 600 square foot drilling pad for Nunivaq 2. Doyon will hold a series of community meetings this year to help keep the public informed of progress. They intend to drill 12 thousand feet vertically; they will also do a horizontal drill while they are in there. They have a mancamp at the end of Tenth Street and will erect another at Nunivaq 2, Talkeetna camp. They expect to employ approximately 170 people this summer; roustabouts are hired through Peak and Neighbors Oilfield Services, drivers and boat operators will be employed by Toghotthele and cooks and housekeepers will be employed through Doyon. They hire enrolled Doyon shareholders first, and then spouses, then enrolled tribal members and Nenana residents before they will go outside that pool for hire so interested parties with needed skill sets should get applications in now. They will be doing some on the job training for CDL’s for equipment operating and heavy trucks. They require pre-employment drug screening and CDL’s are subject to random UA’s after hire. They have a zero tolerance policy and there is No Rehire for people terminated due to alcohol or drug use.
Jim responded to questions about oil spill response and issues with wetlands. He stated he feels confident that Toghotthele does more than required by law to meet safety standards. He said there are three fulltime state safety officers on site at all times. He added that Toghotthele is invested in safety from a liability standpoint and also because this is their land. Asked what enterprises Toghotthele is currently involved in, he itemized: seed potato production; Nenana Gravel; Toghotthele (equipment) Rental; Toghotthele Timbers (primarily 3-sided house logs and cabin kits); land sales (which was used to kick-start funds for the construction business) and oil field support services & logistics. His goal is always to make money and to create employment for shareholders.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: I have begun everything with the idea that I could succeed, and I never had much patience with the multitudes of people who are always ready to explain why one cannot succeed. I have always had a high regard for the man who could tell me how to succeed. Booker T. Washington
Virginia: Slow week. She is just waiting for the snow to go away. She priced steer manure for her garden at $2.40 per cubic feet and is interested in obtaining some form local producers. How much would a pickup load be?
Mary: The school board completed their interviews of potential principle candidates. Mary is excited about new things the school is doing and an infusion of fresh ideas. She also encourages people to use the bulletin board at Meda Lord for flyers or notices.
Miles: Passed out flyers for the Nenana River Saturday Market soliciting vendors. They plan to begin the first Saturday before Memorial Day. Crafts, foods, entertainment, what do you bring?
Tim: Is leaving for Isreal and will be gone for two weeks. Don’t forget the Senior Prom is on the 27th.
Tara: Is making Balm of Gilead. Wants to make 100 containers. Will pay for poplar buds.
Kat: Got eight weaner piggies this weekend which they will raise up for slaughter.
Annalee Coy has set up a fund to help defray expenses for Susan Yates who is dealing with kidney cancer.
OPEN FLOOR FOR COMMENTS/QUESTIONS/DISCUSSION: None
ADJOURNMENT: 2:15 PM