This weekend, dozens of people gathered to watch and participate in the Wilderness Woman’s contest and Bachelor Ball. The money raised this year, was less than last year’s record setter, but still within the range of the past several years.
One day was barely enough to fit all events into a 24-hour time period on Saturday, December 5. The Talkeetna Bachelor Society held their annual Wilderness Woman contest; the PTA drew artists, shoppers and droves of kids to the Talkeetna Elementary School for a holiday bazaar; a chili contest behind the Fairview Inn watered the mouths of wilderness woman contest spectators as they warmed near the bonfire. And at night, women donning their finest, navigated in high heels to the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar to the centerpiece of the day’s festivities, the Talkeetna Bachelor Auction and Ball. Other activities not pictured: the high school hockey game, the annual Christmas parade and the second annual Sven and Olie Ski Race Photos by Diana Haecker
Governor Parnell is in good company calling for the end of domestic violence and sexual assault as the local Bachelor Society has been on the mission for years to do the same – in its own creative way. The annual Bachelor’s Auction and Ball is a unique fundraiser which proceeds go to various local organizations that tackle domestic violence. Diana Haecker has the story.
SPEAKING UP— Governor Sean Parnell addressed delegates at last week’s Alaska Federation of Natives speaking out against the rampant statewide problem of domestic violence. Photo by Diana Haecker
The first day of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention set the tone of the annual three-day gathering of Alaska Natives held in Anchorage this year from October 22 to 23. While the energy crisis brought on by skyrocketing oil prices took center stage last year, the focus this year is on the importance of subsistence in the context of food security and tribal sovereignty in resource management. The line up of high-profile speakers addressing the estimated 4,000 delegates from all across Alaska included Congressman Don Young and Alaska Governor Sean Parnell, Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich and senior officials with the Obama administration.
Sharon Montagnino, executive director of the Sunshine Community Health Center, CiCi Shoenberger, behavioral health specialist at SCHC, and Trooper Jacob Covey talk with host Sue Deyoe about the serious issue of domestic violence, and the help available. Audio runs 58 minutes.
Please join us either at 88.9 FM or online here at KTNA Talkeetna on Thursday, October 15th at 11 a.m. (AST) as we talk with Sunshine Clinic Executive Director Sharon Montanigno and Behavior Health Specialist Cici Shoenberger about Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the topic of domestic violence in the upper Susitna Valley. Call in with your questions 733-1200 or email dj [at] ktna [dot] org