Island Life

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you’ll know that I have had two homes: one in Michigan (born and raised) and one in Alaska.  Dear Hubby and I accepted teaching jobs in 2010 at St. Paul Island School.  It’s a tiny island off the western coast of Alaska.

Here is a link to a video that our students made to promote the island to potential teachers.

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Our island:

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This page will be totally devoted to what life is like living on a 5 X 9 mile island in the middle of the Bering Sea.

LINKS

A more intimate look at what life is like here.

PHOTOS

View from our livingroom

View from Livingroom

Our own little harbor

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Our village

The main harbor

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The Tribal Center

School

Roman Orthodox

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The School District Office

The Store

City Hall - Radio Station

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23 thoughts on “Island Life

  1. Hi, i’m from Texas. My daughter is on the fishing vessel RM Thorstenson and is supposed to be docked on the island, we have had no contact or been able to track since they left Dutch Harbor, trying to see if the boat is there. If you could let me know if the boat is there, i would be very appreciative. thank you

  2. If you could do that for me, i would greatly appreciate it. Her name is Kristen Denham. She is my only daughter and i miss her very much! Thank you

    • My friend Steven called and this is what he reported: She is doing well. She is being well fed. She likes her job. They said she was a good worker. They will be here till April. They have 6.9 million lbs of crab to process.

  3. I want to thank you and Steven from the bottom of my heart, Thank you for taking time out of your day to help me get information on my daughter, that means the world to me. Also thank Steven for calling and getting a report on her. God Bless both of you!!!! Sincerely, Loretta

    • Amanda and Loretta I am so happy to find this blog post and thread about Loretta’s daughter. I was googling info on the ship RM Thortenson and found this. My son has been applying for weeks now and just found out today he will be heading out on June 14th to work on this ship until November. I too was a bit concerned on how he would be treated there but am now relieved after reading this. My email is wcushing1@gmail.com Loretta if you have any words of advice. I will also now be following your blog Amanda. Thanks!

    • Loretta and Amanda I am so happy to find this blog post and comments. I was googling RM Thoertenson and found this. My son finally received his call and will be heading out to work on this ship June 14th until November. I was a bit concerned on how he would be treated and now have some relief after reading this. My email is wcushing1@gmail.com Loretta if you or your daughter have any advise. I will now be following your blog Amanda. Nice to connect with you. Thanks!

      • Oops logged in with the wrong contact first time. This one is good. Loretta and Amanda I am so happy to find this blog post and comments. I was googling RM Thortenson and found this. My son finally received his call and will be heading out to work on this ship on June 14th until November. I was a bit concerned on how he would be treated and now have some relief after reading this. My email is wcushing1@gmail.com Loretta if you or your daughter have any advise. I will now be following your blog too Amanda. Nice to connect with you. Thanks!

  4. My son Matt is on the r.m thortenson and he left in june havent heard nothing from him and wondering if he is ok. i sent him a letter but have gotten no response.

      • Thanks a million Amanda! I’ve been up searching the news and ship tracking sites all night and it’s hard to find current information. My husband was worried he was abandoned somewhere for dead since his bank has had no direct deposit yet. I told him these things could take time and he was giving it one more week before he tried to call officials up there. From reading what you had written before to that Mother in the Winter I felt that everything was ok. Thanks again and sorry to bug you.

    • My son left in June 2012 also for the rm thortenson. Amanda my sons name is Chris or Christopher Cushing from Las Vegas. Sandy my email is wcushing1@gmail.com if you hear anything let me know, or if you want to correspond with me. I took him up to Seattle to fill out papers and then he left from there for Alaska. He texted me when they got off the plane in Alaska and he had traveled with a guy from California and one from Chicago. His bank account hasn’t received any direct deposits yet either. I know they don’t get paid during travel times so I wonder if they are moving. My husband saw on a ship tracking website that the ship was in a different port than it was originally suppose to be.

      • Hey Ladies,

        My friend who is on St Paul right now said they haven’t docked yet, but will keep me updated. Just know that mail takes a LONG time to get to the island.

        Hope to update you all soon!

      • The official word is all is well. The ship is at Bristol Bay. If I ear anything else I will let you know. Your sons are in good hands 🙂

      • Thank you so much Amanda. Sorry to take over all the comments on your blog post. I haven’t found a forum out there to get fishing ship info yet. Just FYI I did speak with my son. The RM Thortenson was in Bristol Bay and has been traveling the past 6 days and docked in Homer, Alaska at 2 am and will be there for 10-12 days. Many guys have left, its hard work but he loves it there and is very happy! Also I mentioned the name of Matt Carlson and how his mother was worried, and he’s my son’s room mate! Small world indeed! I will not worry about them but in the future if anyone sees this thread and would like to email me with questions I would love to help if I can. I follow Alaska news and weather reports daily but the ship tracking is hard to do from afar. Thanks again Amanda! ~ wcushing1@gmail.com

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