WIN Minutes 6-23-15

Nenana Wellness Coalition
June 23, 2015

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, masticate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.

We had 13 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, David & Steven Poppe, Gayle Rayme, Tim Horn, Rondell Jimmie, Jeannie Bennet, Bart Garber and Evelyn Verhagan with three young sons. We enjoyed pork and green chili tamale pie, mixed greens salad, pickled eggs, nuts & raisins and sliced cheeses with Ritz crackers for lunch.

WELCOME followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Tim Horn.

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: One change to the agenda as presented.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Posted on the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Rondell Jimmie was introduced; he is in charge of the NNC recycling program.


Recycling 101: Rondell Jimmie gave us a basic overview of the Nenana Native Council recycling program. The recycling center is on the loop road, directly beyond the tribal hall and clinic and is set up with large bins to recycle aluminum, plastic, paper and cardboard. Rondell handed out facts sheets regarding the current status of recyclable materials as well as information about other recycling efforts in our area.
Yes materials are: aluminum beverage containers, washed, crushed is okay; cardboard and corrugated boxes (not shiny) broken down flat; newspaper, clean, dry and placed in loose containers; mixed papers including white and colored paper, phone books, books and magazines, phone books, junk mail, egg cartons, shiny/waxed cardboard, cereal/beverage boxes, pizza box tops (clean & dry and no food residue); plastic number 1 including salad dressing containers, soda bottles, water bottles, juice bottles (remove and discard lids, rinse thoroughly); and plastic number 2 including milk jugs, cat litter containers, laundry detergent jugs,( no lids or tops, rinsed thoroughly).
No materials are: aluminum foil, pie pans, soup cans, aerosol cans, Styrofoam of any kind, cereal or cracker boxes, cardboard with food residue/oil, cups or plates,, plastic newspaper inserts,, used tissue, metal wiring, salad or yogurt containers, plastic to-go boxes, lids & jugs, plastic bags, oil containers.
Rondell usually hauls recyclable materials to Fairbanks on Wednesdays. He primarily deals with the Fairbanks Rescue Mission recycling program. If you have questions, you may reach Rondell at the Native Council office, 832-5461, extension 102.
He provided a hand out with the names and numbers of other recycling agencies in our area, including: ABS Batteries, 452-2002; C & R Pipe for metals, 456-8386; K & K Recycling for metals and white goods, 488-1409; OIT, Inc. for contaminated soils and liquids, 456-2555. He spoke highly of the Yukon River Inter-tribal Watershed Council which can be reached at (907) 258-3337. They have been back-hauling recyclable materials from the river villages.
He said that they are working on being able to use IGAP program funding for our transfer site, to offset fees at and hauling to the landfill.
Toghotthele Update: Bart Garber provided us with a short update on the current and proposed activities of Toghotthele. He mentioned that there have been helicopters in and out with staff from the Alaska Development Corporation. He said that the Alaska LNG project is farther along in their feasibility work towards their proposal of putting in a 42 inch high pressure gas-line. They have 500 million dollars already budgeted for the permitting process, lands acquisition, surveys, etc. His wife Dixie is working as their Cultural Advisor.
He also said that there will be engineers wandering through, looking at oil development. Doyon has completed permitting for winter drilling and work through summer 2016, out about a mile beyond the Nunivak One site. He is planning to take some of the Toghotthele board members for a field trip down to Ninilchik to see operations there so that they will have a clearer idea of the possibilities here. Tog is working closely with the communities of Nenana, Manley Hot Springs, Minto and Steven’s Village in resource development.
Locally, he said they have received permits to develop Nooutlet as a gravel pit, which has good sand and fine gravel mix, and that they have begun work to cap Ninth Avenue. Their three sided logs are selling well and they are in the process of bringing the 42 inch circular saw-mill into operations. Their latest hire is Jack Irwin, who will be bringing that online. Somehow the 800 pound motor to run that went missing during shipping. They are trying to track that down.

Bart mentioned that a big part of his job now is in succession planning as too many at Toghotthele are in their 60’s and will be retiring; they need to look at developing the younger work force. Right now, he is focusing on office and administrative staff. Lastly, he said they would be planting two 39 acre parcels with trees and will be hiring locally for that work.

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 were 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

Tim: Village Subs is having a special fundraiser for the Hugny-Farr family after the loss of their home to fire. Any pizza purchased today (Tuesday), Angie will dinate the profit to them. Also, a yard sale fundraiser is being organized to be held at Coghill’s Store Friday.
Saturday afternoon, 12-4 PM, the Prevention Carnival will be hosted by RMHA Tobacco Prevention program, at the baseball field.
Monday July 6th, 7PM, place TBD, the Nenana book Club will meet to discuss A Hole In The Heart.
Bonnie: Wednesday she looked out the window to see smoke in her yard. Upon investigation, she found that someone had been setting off bottle rockets. Please be fire aware and fire safe.
Jeannie: They drove Bob and Elaine Mitchell to Palmer and helped them get settled in to their new digs down there. Gospel Fest will be held July 3 and 4th. Friday there will be music from1-8 PM with pulled pork dinner at the Civic Center and more music beginning after the street activities Saturday, July 4th. Come enjoy good live music, in the empty lot next to River-time Café if it is clear and not too smoky. If it rains or smoke is too thick, they will move indoors to the Civic Center.
Kat: Walter Tommy called last night and said that sometime in the past couple days someone broke into his cabin out at Four Mile and stole his Remington thirty- ought-six. He said that it is highly identifiable due to work he has done on the stock. He did report this to the troopers but asks us all to keep an eye out and ear to the ground regarding this. Otherwise, there is no news. The garden is pretty much in and she is back at work.
Steven: He has been busy working for Bill Spencer, getting the hay in.
David: Finished roto-tilling the back yard which is all in garden where before there were chickens and piggies. EMS and fire call-outs have been keeping him busy. He is getting ready to do hay.


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