Bruce Gordon of Excursion Inlet (Photo by Henry LEasia, KHNS – Haines)This week we’re hearing from Bruce Gordon in Excursion Inlet. Gordon works as the watchman for the Ocean Beauty cannery.Listen nowGORDON: Excursion Inlet is about 60 miles west of Juneau as the boat goes and 45 minutes west of Juneau as the crow flies. And my neighbor to the west is Glacier Bay National Park.I started coming to Alaska in 1971 with Northern Radio Company. And Wordsco Packing Company hired me in 1976 to be their communications supervisor for the corporation. And Wordsco sold out their Alaska assets in 2003, and I got sold with the cannery to Ocean Beauty Seafoods — just like a generator or an iron shank. Just part of the package.There’s nobody around except for my local neighbors, and there are never more than, like, 20 of those at any one time.We had a murder at a cabin at the head of the bay two years ago. Because there’s no communications up there except for marine radio, I’m sitting in my chair that I’m sitting in now and I hear this radio call on channel 16. “Bruce! Bruce! Bruce! Bruce! Hello! Bruce, are you there?!” And it was one of the neighbors up there, and he says, “I got kind of a situation, and I need the troopers!”And even if we called for a Medevac, and they launched the second we called, they’re still 45 minutes to an hour away. So, your golden hour is shot to Hell by the time you get here.And they finally convicted that guy about a month ago.
Latest posts by Andy Garcia (see all) eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Our regional summits are growing! This year’s West by Midwest (WxMW) Leadership Summit was our biggest and best ever. For the third year in a row, we’ve invited members from the Western states to join us at what used to be the Midwest Leadership Summit. Thirty people (and one stuffed bison) representing fourteen organizations met in Chicago for two full days of learning, networking and strategizing.The Summit had everything: a rock/paper/scissors tournament, FEDtalks – our famous 5 minute presentations featuring the work to win equality, and even a game show. The agenda was packed with workshops on everything from fundraising with a social justice lens to HIV criminal law reform. Equality New Mexico presented on their immigration work, and Equality Ohio and Equality Michigan teamed up to share their municipal strategies. This type of member-led content made the Summit feel much more relatable to the needs and realities of Federation members in the region. The regional focus and a more intimate environment sets this and our Southern regional summit apart from our much larger Leadership Conference, though the goals of relationship building and resource sharing are very much the same. LGBTQ Leaders from Across the Nation Strategize for What’s NextGay Tourism: WTTC doesn’t know what to sayUNWTO and LGBT Tourism: Second Global report released at IGLTA Summit Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Working alone at an LGBTQ statewide advocacy organization can be an isolating experience and WxMW helps connect people from as far away as New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Established relationships are strengthened through a shared meal, a connection in a workshop or even a late night conversation in the hotel lobby. New relationships are built to provide much-needed personal and professional support throughout the year. The real beauty of these convenings is that they help us welcome new members into the fold. We truly are a Federation family!The following two tabs change content below. Andy GarciaAndy is Program Manager at Equality Federation, the strategic partner to state-based organizations working to win equality in the communities we call home. In this role, he strengthens the states working to pass local and state-level nondiscrimination laws by identifying and developing programs and resources, including legal and legislative support, communications resources, messaging, and constituency group expertise.