I’m writing this letter in May even though you will be reading it in June. That’s the way this business goes.
It’s very frustrating, not knowing what will be happening weeks from now. I want to be able to write something relevant. Inevitably though, if I write about this beautiful sunny day it will be snowing.
Perhaps that is actually the best way to discuss this month’s ECHO. Looking into the future, and back at the past.
Looking into the future, we have an article written by Shaina Kilcoyne. Shaina works on energy and sustainability issues for the city and is one of the lead authors of the Anchorage Climate Action Plan. The Plan was put together to offer a roadmap on how to reduce our effect on the environment. The article is filled with interesting facts about ways to save energy – and money. Also addressed is helpful information about what can be recycled and where.
Normally, we don’t print Letters to the Editor; we love it when you write, but we post letters online so they can be read in a timely manner.
We made an exception this month. Steve Jordan wrote an open letter to us publicly thanking Knik Little League for honoring his father. We agree that what they did was pretty awesome and want you all to know what a nice thing they did. Next to Steve’s letter is a story written by Ole Jordan. It’s a story about childhood and it ends in a place near and dear to us. Make sure you visit the field this month and enthusiastically yell, “Fish on!” in honor of Lee. A nod to the future of baseball and memories of the past.
Frank Baker’s stories always pull me in. I love hearing about his childhood as well. This month he takes us on a walk through his hometown looking at things from then and now. He also introduces us to Justin and Kelsey Phillips, and Gordy and Michelle Banfield who are twice owners of Trustworthy Hardware.
The town of Talkeetna was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
The Historic Talkeetna Roadhouse along with 15 other buildings in downtown Talkeetna make up the Talkeetna Historic District. The Roadhouse was built in 1917 and is well known for its past. Its walls are lined with maps and photos signed by climbers, authors, and TV celebrities. The conversation is always lively, the food is delicious, and the eggs are always scrambled. They serve the biggest sourdough pancakes with starter from 1902, and the pie is to die for. The Roadhouse has a rich history, and a bright future.
In the past, our food came from field or farm directly to our table. It was simple, healthy, and clean. Living a 21st Century lifestyle means less time and energy to plant, grow, harvest, and hunt. Jake Lamphier writes about the health and family benefits the intentional collection of food provides in Modern Subsistence: Living off the Land in 21st Century Alaska.
June’s Day in the Life features Mark Rempel.
Mark is forward thinking and downright old-school at the same time. Mark is a farmer who went organic before organic was cool, but still uses hand tools to work his farm. He and his family are committed to providing our community with locally grown, nutrient dense, fresh, organic produce. Daniel Shepard’s photo story on Mark is here. Get to know Mark and his farm a little better.
I wonder what the weather will be like when you are finally reading this. It doesn’t really matter, it’s Alaska. Wear sunscreen, dress in layers, bring a raincoat, and enjoy the day – whatever it may bring. Learn from the past, prepare for the future, and thoroughly enjoy the present.
As always, thank you for reading.
Managing Editor, ECHO Magazine