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Jun 30, 2015

Thoughts on Gay Marriage by a Teenager

My cousin's daughter wrote this on her Facebook and she made a lot of sense than most adults. She did a really a good job putting it down together. Very well said, I couldn't agree more.


Gay Marriage Post- If you're gonna get worked up don't read.

Very interesting to me how worked up people can get over something that doesn't have a thing to do with them. I believe that ALL humans should be able to love whoever their heart tells them to love. I have several gay people in my life, both family and friends, and to hear people say that "they should all die" sickens me.
Some claim that it is going against God's word to love and marry the same sex. But it is also going against God's word to divorce and remarry... Commit adultery.. BUT somehow those sins are "different"??? You cannot pick and choose your favorite rules to follow.
To discriminate gays and treat them as if they are beneath you disgusts me. Just because you feel uncomfortable with something does not mean it is wrong or beneath you. History is in the making, and we are expanding our equal rights as we should have long ago. No it isn't "traditional", but time is for IMPROVING and moving forward. --- YES, gay marriage would not have been even nearly possible back in time.. But back in time it was also acceptable to own and enslave blacks. But time has passed and we have improved. That is the point.
I love ALL of my family. Gay or not it makes NO effing difference to me, and I want them to be happy.

#AngelicaKougl

Red River Stuary, Ferndale, Washington

Jun 27, 2015

Update on Some Fires in Alaska

Finally the rain came after a few weeks of hot, dry and smoky. We are now in a single digit of wildfire that starts everyday. Thank goodness! I had my boy kept inside the house for few days now because I know that the smoke is not good for him. Hopefully the rain will take care some of the smoke and the fires today.
Picture Taken by #Graham Predeger from Stetson Creek Fire

Photo Taken by #Jennifer Costich from Tozitna Fire 6/22/15
 

Below is information of Fire in Alaska from the InciWeb Incident Information Center website

Incident Overview

The fire situation in Alaska is very dynamic at this time. As of today (Saturday, June 27, 2015) there are 321 active fires in the State. Many fires in remote areas are unstaffed. The major staffed fires have their own Inciweb pages. Just the fires listed below are currently burning approximately, acres.

These other staffed fires include the following:
Rock:
The Rock fire is 9 miles SE of the village of Hughes which is located in the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area of central Alaska. This 800 acre lightning caused fire began on June 19. Fire resources on scene have developed point protection strategies. The fire was flown on 6/22. Smokejumpers are still working this fire. There was no new information on 6/27.

La Grande:
The La Grande fire is located 12 miles SW of Delta Junction, Alaska. The city is south of the confluence of the Delta River with the Tanana River, and is about 99 mi south of Fairbanks. The La Grande fire is on military lands managed by Fort Greeley, an Army installation. A Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) assumed command on June 22. On June 25 and 26, the fire received a small amount of precipitation which has moderated the fire behavior. There are 22 resources assigned to this fire.
Nenana Ridge:
The Nenana fire is located 8 miles east of milepost (MP) 312 on the Parks Highway and 2 miles west of the Tanana River. This lightning caused fire began on June 20 and is estimated at 325 acres. On June 25, firefighters worked along with air resources to contain the fire. In the evening large thunder cells moved into the area and all air and ground resources had to stand down for safety. On June 26 the fire is listed as 65% contained.

Nulato:
The Nulato fire is located right outside the village of Nulato, Alaska. Nulato is located on the west bank of the Yukon River, 35 miles west of Galena and 310 air miles west of Fairbanks. It lies in the Nulato Hills, across the river from the Innoko National Wildlife Refuge (current population 271)

The fire was ignited by lightning on June 21 and is 800 acres. Aircraft and personnel worked throughout the day on Monday, June 22, to try to save the town of Nulato. By early afternoon, the fire had spotted across both the Nulato River road and the dozer line. As the tankers tried to knock down the head, and personnel extinguish the spots, it was discovered that the fire had spotted into Nulato. Crews were able extinguish the spots in Nulato, however a spot fire was able to establish itself on the other side of the structures and began to run up the hill, basically surrounding Nulato by fire. Aided by the arrival of a air tanker crew securing existing barriers and performing burn out operations, the town of Nulato was secured for the night and remains secure at this time.

A recommended evacuation for the town of Nulato (pop. Approx. 200) was issued on June 22. Those who chose to evacuate left by boat as the airstrip was closed due to smoke. On June 25, air resources were utilized to shuttle a crew to the fire and demobilize 10 smokejumpers and the Midnight Suns hot shot crew. Crews continued chainsaw work in Nulato to mitigate existing snags. Resources also continued to secure Nulato and prepare Koyukuk for structure protection. Additional Type 2 team members have been positioned in place on the fire. Supplies and fresh food were delivered to support the ongoing operations. As of June 27, the fire perimeter is 100% active with isolated group torching. Firefighters continue constructing hose lay, saw line, fuel breaks, and will possibly be burning out if necessary. Firefighters will attack and mop-up all spot fires within the outskirts of Nulato. Due to the threatened status of the village of Koyukuk firefighters anticipate constructing a saw line and hose lay in a natural slough barrier southwest of Koyukuk.
Ruby Slough:
The Ruby Slough fire is located about 7 miles SW of the community of Ruby. Ruby is a village located on the south bank of the Yukon River, in the Kilbuck-Kuskokwim Mountains. It is about 50 air miles west of Fairbanks. Ruby lies adjacent to the Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge. Current population is 185.

Ruby Slough was a lightning caused fire that began on June 20 and is about 47 acres. On June 25, The Midnight Suns hot shot crew replaced the smokejumpers and a Division Supervisor arrived on the fire. The fire received no additional growth on June 26.

Long Lake & Moose Creek:
Lightning started the Long Lake fire on Saturday, June 20. It is two miles SE of Northway Village, Alaska. Northway is located on the east bank of Nabesna Slough, 50 miles SE of Tok. It is 42 miles from the Canadian border in the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge.

By Sunday evening the fire had grown to 9,000 acres and soon burned into the Moose Creek fire which had started on Friday. As of yesterday, (6/25) the fireline was reinforced on the north end of the fire to protect the community of Northway. With cooler temperatures and continued progress on fire lines, the threat to the community will be reduced. The fire is burning adjacent to the town of Northway. Total acreage on these fires is 17,100 acres.

On June 26, a base camp of operation was established at the Pogo Mine. A squad was deployed to clear around and set-up cabin protection. One or two squads will be deployed on a daily basis to work on values at risks. For safety purposes personnel will be pulled back to base camp each night.

Iditarod River:
The Iditarod River fire began on June 20. It is located 2.5 miles north of the ghost town of Iditarod, Alaska.

As of June 27, fire personnel completed their burnout operation, and secured a line around Iditarod. The crew continued to set up sprinklers, work on reducing fuels, and began a burn out operation around the town of Flat, a small town about 7 miles southeast of Iditarod.
Tetlin Hills:
The Tetlin Hills fire is located 8 miles SE of Tok, Alaska. Tok is located at the junction of the Alaska Highway and the Tok Cutoff to the Glenn Highway, 200 miles southeast of Fairbanks. It is called the "Gateway to Alaska," as it is the first major community upon entering Alaska, 93 miles from the Canadian border.

This lightning caused fire started on June 20, and was 1,300 acres until the afternoon of June 26 when high winds caused the fire to go from minimal to extreme fire behavior in about 10 minutes. Winds were extreme with gusts to 40 mph causing the fire to increase to about 1,800 acres. The fire received assistance from 4 water scoopers, 2 Alaska National Guard Blackhawk helicopters, and four heavy air tankers dropping retardant along the perimeter of the active fire. The increase in acres was held to an additional 500.
June Creek: Note: for those interested in this fire it is now managed by the Rex Complex of fires and you can check information on it at the Rex Complex inciweb page.
Baker:
The Baker fire is located 8 miles NE of Manley Hot Springs, at the end of the Elliott Highway. The fire is between Manley Hot Springs and the community of Eureka, AK.

This lightning caused fire is currently 5,493 acres and began on June 21. 20 residences in the Baker Subdivision are threatened by this fire. Structure preparation took place in the Baker creek area, including dozer line construction around structures. On June 26, the fire area received light precipitation and more rain is expected today.

Mission Creek:
The Mission Creek fire is located about 5 miles north of Chuathbaluk, AK between the Kuskokwim and Owhat Rivers. The fire was flown by detection aircraft and was reported to have made a significant run of 1500 acres, pushing it 2 miles away from Chuathbaluk. 10 smokejumpers were dropped into the town. A hotshot crew was mobilized into Aniak late in the evening, and were shuttled into Chuathbaluk on June 25, to assist with site protection. On June 26, the fire exhibited very minimal behavior, with occasional backing towards the town. Flathead Hot Shot crew was mobilized into place, and crews continued to prep structures and conduct hose lay around the town. Plans consist of eventually doing a burnout if the weather allows.
North Aniak:
The fire is located about 7 miles NE of the city of Aniak, AK. Aniak is located on the south bank of the Kuskokwim River at the head of Aniak Slough. It lies 92 miles NE of Bethel, AK and 317 miles west of Anchorage.

This lightning caused fire began on June 22 and is currently 19,000 acres. Current information as of June 26 - The fire has bumped up against the river and two crews are currently in place. Fire personnel continued to assess Aniak, and worked towards their goal of establishing site protection to the community.

The fire's command and operations staff met with the community of Aniak to discuss future plans, and listen to their concerns. The biggest concern is multiple structures across the river from the town, that are in a direct path with the fire. Plans for tomorrow will consist of continuing to prep the town of Aniak, as well as fly to the structures across the river and start plumbing those for protection. A recon flight happened yesterday morning (6/26) and the fire was moderately active, but made significant growth yesterday evening.

Mission Creek Fire:
The fire exhibited very minimal fire behavior, with occasional backing towards the town. Flathead IHC was mobilized into place, and crews continued to prep structures and conduct hose lay around the town. Plans consist of eventually doing a burnout if the weather allows.


Red Devil:

The Red Devil fire is located 2 miles from the village of Red Devil on the Kuskokwim River. This lightning caused fire began on June 25.

The fire was reported at 0330 by a local resident of Red Devil to be ½ mile away from town, and being pushed towards them. All locals were contacted and aware of the fire, and had an evacuation plan set in place. By 0900 the fire had subsided, and was still the same distance away from the town. 2 personnel boated from Crooked Creek to assess the fire and determine what kind of action would be best suited to take place. Tankers dropped one load of retardant on the south side of the village. No evacuation took place, and the fire was monitored throughout the night. Today fire personnel will be providing structure protection throughout Red Devil.

Goodpastor Valley:

The Goodpastor Valley fire is located about 32 miles northeast of the junction of the Alaska and Richardson Highways at Delta Junction, AK
This lightning caused fire is about 1,200 acres. The Pogo Mine fire department did some bucket work to slow fire growth towards the the mine. Some running and isolated torching was observed.

Statewide Fire Summary:
9 new fires with 2,615 acres burned
38 staffed fires with 459,362 acres burned
272 monitored fires with 711,035 acres burned

 

Jun 24, 2015

Alaska Fires

As of 06/24/15 7:30 am we have 277 active fires. Everyday, we have at least 40 new fires started. It is getting hard to breath out there. Today is worst than any other day.

Jun 22, 2015

When the smoke is going down

And this is what happen when the smoke is going down to the valley. It's hard to breath outside, it also stink! It's very bad for the people who have respiratory problems.
As of 930 pm we have 231 active wildfires all over Alaska. I felt sorry for the people who've lost their homes to these fires. Several town have been evacuated also. very sad :-( prayers for the firefighters and for everyone that being affected with the wildfires.

Jun 21, 2015

Smokes in Fairbanks, Alaska

Smokes are rolling in Fairbanks. Last night I did the Midnight Sun Run 10K from Patty Center UAF Alaska to Pioneer Park. The Run Started at 10 pm, it was lots of fun. The sun turned red before 11pm due to the smokes and a little after that,the lighting was having a fantastic show. The only bad thing about the ligthning is almost every strike create fires, especially it is dry and hot up here.  The smokes now are heavier than last night and I don't even see the sun anymore. It might get worst though. Oh what a summer we're having here!

University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) - Student Recreation Center
Chena River off University Avenue Bridge


Geist Road - Sun is Red



Red Sun!
 
+UAF
#redsun
#Midnightsunrun

Jun 17, 2015

My Toddler's Art

He planted the sidewalk chalks in the gravel on our back yard. He got a big box of them but only choose this three colors. He just amaze me every day.

Jun 15, 2015

Sockeye Fire in Willow Alaska

The Sockeye wildfire started on Sunday near Willow, Alaska.The fire was believe to be a human caused but it is under investigation. Gov. Bill Walker declared State Disaster due to the fire had already burned 6,500 acres and displaced more than 1,700 residents.  Approximately 25 primary and about 10-20 secondary structures had been destroyed on the north end of the fire, North of Kashwitna lake.

I guess living in Alaska, this is something that everyone here should and always expect. Wildfires in  the Summer! It is sad that we are just now starting to enjoy the warm weather but the wildfires are joining in too, or I might say, it's taking over the party. It is having a very good time, it's showing off, and it's displaying how mighty it is. Oh Fires! Every year, you never fails us.

Fire Perimeter Map

Image Courtesy of Blake Essig KTUU TV

Image Courtesy of David Brooks

Image courtesy of Stefan Hinman
 
Image courtesy of Marc Lester ADN

Image courtesy of Marc Lester ADN

Image courtesy of Stefan Hinman

 This is what I called FireXing. The Fire had crossed the highway on to the other side of the road. It causes the highway to temporarily shutdown.
Image courtesy of Stefan Hinman


Here is an aerial video of the Sockeye fire. Amazing footage of the destructive fire


Sockeye Fire!


#SockeyeFire 
#KTUU
#StefanHinman
# MarcLester 
#ADN 
#DavidBrooks
#BlakeEssig
#Willow

Big Toys for My Toddler

I know he's a little too young for this, but he had fun riding yesterday. My back was sore from binding down helping him drive but I had fun too. These are really big toys for my toddler. Someone might think that my husband and I are spoiling our boy with big toys but oh No. These were given or pass down to us by friends. Their kids outgrew them so they passed it down to my toddler, which we are so grateful. My toddler had fun and he will have more fun when he's a little older. He had no problem reaching the pedal of the Mustang car but the other one, he needs some growing up to do. He learns pretty well though when I said Stop he releases the pedal, when I said go he pushed the pedal again. I also taught him left, right, and reverse and he's getting it quite alright. He is such a happy boy!




Happy Boy!



#Mustang
#Bigtoys
#Toddler
#powerwheels

Jun 14, 2015

Blooming Irises

Irises in my front yard are blooming. I didn't plant them here. Probably seeds flowned by wind or birds dropped them by, doesn't matter though, I love them there.

Jun 12, 2015

Yukon 800 Shakedown 2015

I have live in Fairbanks for many years but never have known about this boat race until my friend invited me to come see the Yukon 800 shakedown race. The race started at Chena Pump campground or I would call it Pikes Landing Ice Bridge. My toddler and I had fun watching them race.

The Yukon 800 Shakedown (Fairbanks-Old Minto-Fairbanks) was a 3 hrs race, although I'm not sure if that's round trip. There were 3 crews on each boat and the boat is really low, almost to the water level when the crews are sitting on it. The water is pretty cold and the boat is very fast, it can reach up to 70 miles per hour. The boat is built from scratch, a 24 foot long, and with 50 horsepower.







Here is my friend Amber with her son. Alan had fun playing with him



Here is a short video I made from Yukon 800 Boat Race Shakedown 2015. ENJOY!


Love Alaska!
#Yukon800

Jun 10, 2015

Alaska Fire Service Toddler Shirt



I got my first paycheck yesterday and bought my toddler a souvenir, a toddler shirt from Alaska Fire Service. I'm glad they have toddler size shirts. They even have onesie's, they're cute, but he's too big for it already. 
The shirt is called Skull shirt. I believe it's because of the moose skull on the back, but I could be wrong. I love it though.





















 First paycheck!
www.mylifewithphotographs.com

Jun 8, 2015

I live in Alaska!

This is great and it's so true!
This is funny because most people who have not been in Alaska thought people here live in an igloo.  Nope we dont! Thought I'd share this. I found this on Facebook and tried to find where it originates or who did this pictures, but I couldn't find anything.  If you own this pictures, let me know.

Jun 7, 2015

Kayaker in Whale's Mouth in Sitka, Alaska

I saw this on Facebook and thought I'd share it here. This guy was so lucky to have survived this. He got to live another day to tell the story.  His name is Dr. Richard kraft, Sitka's very own dentist. I guess this whale was scoping a mouthful  of herring at the bay.

"Yep, that is me in the picture. Yep that is a whale that was just around the corner from the ferry terminal. "Paddle really fast" is the only thing I could think of at the time..
Also thinking that I don't look like a herring, don't smell like a herring but with the same herring instinct of "get the hell out of the way of that big mouth!!" Still living to tell yet another story.. Rich K" info from Dick Wass on Facebook.


Live another day!

Jun 6, 2015

Broken Windshield

It has been 4 years since my windshield got broken. My husband and I were driving in Canada, on our way back north to Alaska, a big truck on the other lane going south was driving fast and a big rock flew in to our windshield. I guess this should be expected when driving thru Alcan highway in Canada.

Other than broken windshield,  my husband and I had a good time and a good trip back up here in Fairbanks,  Alaska. However,  my windshield hasn't been fix since then and it was in 2011. It's expensive to have it replaced,  and we don't have budget for it yet. Hopefully soon, we'll get to have it fix.

Jun 5, 2015

Tillamook Lowfat Yogurt

Tillamook is my family's favorite brand when it comes to Yogurt. I love all the flavors of their lowfat Yogurt but my favorite one is Oregon Strawberry. It taste really good and is made from cows that are not treated with artificial growth. The main thing I like about their yogurt are artificially free.
A grocery bag full of Tillamook Lowfat Yogurt
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • No artificial growth hormones
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • No artificial flavors 
  • No artificial color
+Tillamook is a farmer owned company since 1909 and is based in Tillamook, Oregon. I've been there once in Tillamook cheese factory and I enjoyed the tour of their facility.

 Here is a little info that I grabbed from Tillamook website about their company.
"As a farmer-owned co-op, our owners are the nearly 100 farmer families that make up the Tillamook County Creamery Association. Many of these families have been farming in Tillamook County for multiple generations. And it really is a family affair. In many farmer families, each member of the family is involved in life on the farm, including the kids, who often help with daily chores like feeding the calves.
Dairy farming is more than a job, it’s a way of life. A farmer's day isn't simply 9 to 5, it's all day, every day. Farmers get a jump-start on the day before the sun rises, waking between 2am and 4am for the first milking. Most cows are milked twice a day, every 12 hours, so this morning milking is repeated in the afternoon.
Throughout a single day, farmers may wear any number of different hats: veterinarians, animal nutritionists, engineers, mechanics, business managers, and more. We like to think of our farmer-owners as Jacks and Jills-of-all-trades. This dedication and hard work goes towards a single focused goal: producing the highest quality milk to be used in Tillamook dairy products.
Our farmer-owners have a deep-rooted pride in the quality of Tillamook products. We think this is the advantage of being a farmer-owned cooperative. We are, and always have been, owned and operated by the people who work the soil, milk the cows, and make decisions about the future of the co-op. The values of our farmer-owners drive the way we operate our business. All profits from the cooperative stay in the Tillamook family, with our farmer-owners, who are invested in the co-op for the long run. This means the proceeds go to the people who are doing the work, to ensure that their farms continue producing the highest quality milk and to help sustain dairy farming in Tillamook for many generations to come. And we think that just makes sense.
It all starts with milk quality and pride in ownership. It all starts on the farm." This info is from www.tillamook.com



This picture was taken from Washington last month. My family and I (3 adult + 1 toddler) would consumed 4 dozens of Tillamook lowfat yogurt within 2 weeks. The cheaper place to buy them is at +Winco, Fred Meyer is about 10 or 20 cent over the price, too bad that Costco doesn't carry them.


Loving Tillamook lowfat yogurt

Jun 4, 2015

Sit Stand Desk

My new work station, my home away from home during work days. I still need to personalized it more though. I am loving my new sit stand desk, I don't have to sit down all day long to do my job. With this Sit Stand Desk (+Varidesk Pro Plus), I have an option to sit or stand, it is user friendly and very easy to adjust. Office jobs are slowly changing now for the better, it can no longer be classified as a sedentary job. Kudos to the people who invent and made this available for everyone.





Loving work life

Jun 3, 2015

Tabasco Habanero Sauce

I love hot sauce!
My husband and I are crazy for Tabasco Habanero Sauce. The hotness of it is just perfect for our taste.We are hooked from the first day we've tried it. However we had a problem buying it, for some reason, our local grocery store doesn't carry or sell them. We had to make a special order from Fred Meyer here in Fairbanks, Alaska which they had no problem accommodating us. However when we were down in  Bellingham, Washington, we tried to order it there at Fred Meyer store but they've just ignored us, they seem to not know what we were talking about and they didn't even try to help up. Sad!  Anyway, my husband took our business online. He went to Amazon.com and bought a big gallon of Tabasco Habanero Sauce for $50.86 with the dispensing pump. It's a very good deal! We are very happy! We tried a lot of hot sauce, and we don't really care for a lot of them. Other kind of tabasco sauce doesn't cut it either. Only the Habanero Sauce Rock! This 1 gallon will not last a year.

Here is what written on this picture:
Habanero Hot!
On a scale of one to 10, it's 911. We mix the world's hottest pepper with mango, papaya, and more to create a fruity, Jamaican-style blend. TABASCO Habanero Sauce is perfect for hot chicken, hot chili, hot grilling sauce or anything else you are hot enough to handle. Proceed with caution!


Here is a short video I made of my 1 gallon Tabasco habanero sauce. Please watch and enjoy!



hotness!

Jun 2, 2015

Toddler Mowing Lawn

This was about two months ago in Washington. We were on our way out for a walk, but my toddler got distracted with the push lawn mower in our front yard. He went and grabbed the handle of the lawn mower and start pushing it. Will, it was hard and heavy but he did all he can to keep it moving. Such a cute and funny little boy. Watch the video to see him trying to mow our lawn with push mower.






He was tired after playing with the push lawn mower








Here is a cute video of him trying to mow our lawn. Enjoy!



Cuteness!