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PABLO — KSKC Public TV celebrates its 25th year with an  on-air fundraiser scheduled for the week of Dec. 3 beginning at 6 p.m. daily. The station will be offering two special programs this year. Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau, Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood, and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family’s traditional fish camp. “Smokin’ Fish” will air at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. 

DG Nanouk Okpik is an SKC alumni who reads from her new book “Corpse Whale.” DG’s poetry reflects her life; she fished in many rivers, lakes, and seaports in Alaska. As a poet, DG incorporates Inuit mythology and worldview into finely crafted poems in English. She thus draws on her Inupiat heritage, but she is firmly grounded in the challenges of our contemporary world. DG is Inupiat, Inuit, and was raised by an Irish and German family in Anchorage, Alaska. Hear her special story at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4. 

The very popular KSKC live on-air auction will again be held two nights, Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. The 15th annual KSKC live auction with Rudy King as auctioneer continues to grow. Viewers can call in bids, and people are welcome to come to the campus at SKC in Pablo to participate in person. The auction will be held in the SKC Three Wolves Deli, next to the D’Arcy McNickle Library. Coffee, tea, cookies and Mission Mountain Mist will be free.  

Participants are encouraged to arrive around 5:30 p.m. to get a good seat and enjoy the auction. Special call-in numbers will be available during the fund drive for those staying home. All items have been donated, so all proceeds will go to the local public television station. Many great items are on the agenda this year, including lots of beadwork and artwork of many types and other exciting items, including a Corky Clairmont original art piece created during the auction, a year’s worth of homemade Denise Fyant cookies, Linda King artwork, a load of crushed gravel from the SKC Highway Construction program and many original art pieces and prints and hundreds of other items. Viewers are encouraged to check the SKC website for last minute listings of items. From the homepage, look for the KSKC Public TV link. 

The annual drive funds operation and maintenance of the only local public TV entity in the valley. As well as the on-air fund drive, this is the time of year that KSKC-TV also solicits underwriting from local businesses. The local business contributions are a very important part of the community support, and KSKC is grateful for the interest and support that businesses have shown for public television.  Viewer contributions, underwriting, and contributions by Salish Kootenai College and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes support KSKC-TV. They receive no federal, state or local tax support for ongoing operation.

Individuals and businesses wishing to donate to the auction or learn about public television underwriting can call Roy Bigcrane at 275-4879. 

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