Friday, December 7, 2012

The Turkey Shoot

The Turkey shoot was awesome! In this paper I will tell you about how the Turkey Shoot went.
            I will start by telling you the rules. The rules were simple. You had to shoot the rope that the turkey was hung up on a tree until it broke and the turkey fell to the ground. The other rules were that you couldn’t shoot the turkey or you were disqualified, and you could only use a .22 rifle.
            There were 19 people shooting. The youngest was 6yrs old and the oldest was Randy. We started shooting one by one down a line at about 40 yards from the turkey. As we were getting closer people started hitting the rope.
I was getting nervous because I wanted to win and almost every shot that other people took, hit the rope. Soon we were about 10 yards from the turkey my heart was pumping like crazy. It was my turn and I wanted to beat my dad and Terek. I put my sites right on the rope and WAM!
The turkey had been yanked out of the yellow mesh and on to the ground. I had won and beaten my dad and Terek YIPPEE!

Angel's hot pink .22

So that was the turkey shoot and I hoped you enjoyed this paper. I can’t wait till next years turkey shoot.   

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Lukas Zackar
This year’s Igiugig volleyball team members were Tess, Loretta, Dolly Ann, and Lukas.  Our coach was Tanya.  All of us started off not very confident in ourselves and we lacked skills.  Practice really helped us get a lot better.  The drills Tanya made us do definitely paid off.  The community also contributed by supporting and scrimmaging against us every Thursday.
The first meet of the year was held here in Igiugig.  All of the LPSD North schools came, which were Port Alsworth, Newhalen, Kokhanok, Levelock, and Nondalton.  Each team got a chance to play each other because it wasn’t a tournament.  We went undefeated for both six-man and three-man games.  Kaleb and Fewnia helped us win the six-man games.  The community gave us a lot of support throughout the jamboree by showing up to our games.  The teams had to do service projects, such as getting wood for elders and recycling pop cans for the village council.  During the week everyone enjoyed themselves and got along well.
The second and last volleyball district meet was held in Perryville.  This time both North and South schools went. The South schools included Port Heiden, Chignik Lake, Chignig Bay, and Egegik.  It was a double elimination tournament so a team had to lose twice before they were out.  The six-man teams were there just to play each other for fun to get more practice for their district tournament.  Many of the games were close and exciting.  The championship game was evenly matched between Pilot Point and us.  We lost the first match and won the next three in a best out of five game.  Igiugig won the district championship going undefeated the whole season.
I think we really deserved this championship because we certainly worked hard to earn it.  The team truly appreciates the time Tanya took to coach us and help us improve our game.  She saw what we needed to work on and had us practice it until we got it down.  Also the community boosted our confidence by showing up to our home games and the pep rally’s that were held.  The No-See-Ums are ready for another good volleyball season next year.                  
We are running out for our first game.

The team is being introduced.

Loretta and I are waiting for Tess to serve.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Barging on Lake Iliamna

Barging on Lake Iliamna

Igiugig Transport is a barge service operating on Lake Iliamna, the largest fresh water lake in Alaska. It has been in business since 1998. The barge is made of two fishing boats pushing a Flexi-Float which is owned by the Igiugig Village Council. The Flexi-Float can be taken apart, making it a unique and easy way to transport to other bodies of water. The boats names are Chulyen that means “Raven” and the other one’s name is 11th Hour, which belongs to Marc Watson. Igiugig Transport takes Mark Watson’s boat barging and he takes their boat fishing. AlexAnna Salmon is the Manager. AlexAnna uses a GPS Tracker to see where the barge is and where it’s going.
Igiugig Transport mostly move freight on Iliamna Lake to the communities of Pile Bay, Pedro Bay, Iliamna, Igiugig, Kokhanok, and lodges around the lake. The freight is mainly things that can’t fit on airplanes, such as heavy equipment. Most of the things they barge come from Homer. It takes anywhere from 3 hours to 8 hours to barge to a different community depending on the weather. Fall is the worst time to barge because there is darkness and horrible weather. In late fall the boats get put up at Naknek, and the Flexi-Floats get put away at Pile Bay or Igiugig.                                                                                                                                                 Right now Terek Anelon is the main captain. Terek loves working on the barge because he is the boss, although he gets told where to go, and he loves being on the water. He is barging with Robbie Hill. Usually 1-3 people work on the barge. It’s a dangerous working place. That’s why the workers get paid a lot. Nobody has been hurt on the barge in their records. However in 2011 Igiugig Transport sunk a boat, the Island Runner, and that was their first incident.  The largest business expenses are fuel, insurance, maintenance, and Flexi-Float Rentals. There is a website if anybody has any questions:

Igiugig School loves are new teachers!

Igiugig loves our new teachers! I will tell you some things about them; like why the teachers moved to Igiugig, their past teaching history, living next to the school, what ages they like teaching, and their favorite subjects.
            The first thing I will tell you is why the teachers moved to Igiugig. They thought Igiugig was a nice place and a good environment for their teaching job and family. They were also interested in different programs around the village.
            The second thing I will tell you about is their past teaching experience. The teachers taught in Chignik Bay, which had 10 to 14 students in school. Goodnews Bay, which had 70 students, and Delta Junction, which had 150 students.
             Do the teachers like living next to the school. The teachers like living next to the school? They do! The teachers like living next to the school because driving to the school is no fun. They also don’t like living next to the school because they get too preoccupied in their work.
            The forth thing I am going to tell you about is what ages of students the teachers like working with. Mrs. Gooden likes working with all of the students, big and little. Mr. Gooden likes working with big kids (don’t tell him I told you though). The little kids are too rowdy for Mr. Gooden.
            The last thing I will tell you about are their favorite subjects. Mr. Gooden likes science and math. Mrs. Gooden likes language arts and music.
            I have told you only some of the many thing about our teachers. If you would like to learn more about them, go talk with them yourself. Thank you for reading.



Cross Country

Cross Country
Lukas Zackar

Cross Country is the first thing I look forward to at the beginning of each school year.  I really look forward to this sport because it is one of my favorites, and it is the first sport of the year.  It is good because we don’t have to wait for sports to start.  Cross-country is extraordinary because it teaches consistency, keeps you out of trouble, and helps you stay in shape.
Participating in practice every day is the most important thing to do in any sport; mainly because you have to show up to practice a certain number of times in order to travel and take part in the races.  Also, as the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” In cross-country it is important to run everyday to try and improve upon your personal best.  If you do not keep up on running, it is really easy to get left behind in a three-mile race.  It is hard to keep a consistent pace for three miles. Practice can help you keep a good pace for three miles.  It helps because we usually start off with a short distance, and then keep advancing the distance as the season goes on.  Once the soreness is gone from the first couple days of practice, you will notice a big improvement in your running.
            Joining cross-country, or pretty much any sport, can help you keep and stay out of trouble.  One good example is that about an hour or two of your time after school will be used for practice.  That will decrease your chances of getting into trouble because it would give you less time to hang out with “trouble makers.”  In my opinion, people who join sports will try their hardest to stay out of trouble because if you do get into trouble you will not be able to travel and you may be kicked off the team.  No one wants to get kicked off of any team because it would give you a bad reputation.
            This amazing sport is a great way to get and stay in shape, if you need it.   Everything that is involved in cross-country is basically just running, ab workouts, and other slight techniques that can help.  Some people join this sport just to get in shape, but if you like to run, then getting in shape is just a bonus.  Also, being in shape gives you an excellent feeling.  Exercising and staying in shape is healthy; so cross-country is a perfect fit.
            Our coach’s name is Tanya Salmon.  This is her second year coaching us here in Igiugig.  Tanya already knew what to do in practice from the previous year, so we weren’t looking for things to do.  I like the way Tanya coaches because she has us start off running short distances before we begin running 3 miles a day.  She doesn’t want us runners to compare our times with each other, instead, we just have our own personal bests.  We have an easygoing coach that runs practices just right. I think we have an awesome coach.
 Cross-country running isn’t easy. It can be painful. You can sprain your ankle, pull a muscle, or pop out a knee. The weather can also affect your running. If it is windy, it’s hard to run against the wind. When it’s too hot, you’re sweating practically the whole way and you get dehydrated quicker. When you first start, it’s tough to show up to practice every day. But at the end of the season, you may feel proud because not everyone finishes. You can feel proud that you accomplished something difficult.