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APRN/KSKA      Statewide News story 

KNBA 90.3          Qaa luh, David Sam – Victor Sifsof interview     Koahnic Broadcast, © Copyright 2012, National Native News




Anchorage Daily News 


Valerie Sifsof has been missing from an Alaska campground for 23 days. She was last seen at midnight on Saturday, July 7, walking away from her campsite in the direction of the outhouses.

She was reported missing on Wednesday, July 11.

Valerie was dressed in a black DKNY hooded top over a lime green t-shirt, dark blue or black sweatpants,  short black Wellington boots with a buckle on the side, silver-framed Prada sunglasses.



Alaska State Troopers mounted an extensive search of the area with dogs, rafts and Helo-1 rescue helicopter equipped with infrared technology. Troopers covered several creek drainages out to Cook Inlet on all-terrain vehicles.

Volunteer search parties covered the entire campground and extended area on foot, shoulder-to-shoulder and on ATVs, through July 28.

Both sides of the Seward Highway in the Turnagain Pass area were explored, as far out as remote cabins on the north bank of Six Mile Creek at the end of Johnson Pass Trail.

Searchers walked the south bank of Six Mile Creek to the confluence and up Granite Creek to where it meets the campground. Ground searches continues along the highway corridor.

State Troopers continue to investigate as an active missing person case.



If you think you’ve seen her

call the Alaska Bureau of Investigation/Missing Persons Clearing House:


or the Alaska State Troopers:

907-783-0972 or 907-269-5497

  • A reward is being offered for information leading to her recovery. See and Victims for Justice –

If you see something – call, make a comment, send an email.


Celebrating Olympic family moments

Whoohoo! Let the Games begin – London 2012 is underway!

For an athlete, getting to the Olympics takes one thing above all else.  Family.  This is about family.

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Valerie was a blast in Vancouver, the perfect person to come. Glad to be there, low maintenance, loving every minute of it.

We didn’t have Jeweline (Callan’s beloved Nana), but her spirit and presence was with us every second. We never stopped thinking about her, knowing how tickled she must be and what a terrific time she’d have.
Proctor & Gamble honored mothers and grandmothers at the U.S. Team House. We thought of how much she would enjoy the moments and how she was the ideal Nana for their celebration of the women on an athlete’s team.

It’s a very long road to the Olympics. Many years of dedication to training and competition and an absolute need to commit. Nothing is by accident or good fortune. An athlete’s family is there for the entire journey – long before Olympic competition becomes any kind of real possibility.

It’s about family.




GumBlog: bits and pieces from Granite Creek


Starting off the 12th day of searching. Windy and cold again, complicated by the Anchorage kidnapper still on the loose.


A new story by Anchorage Daily News:

Top story and “most read.” Nice.

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Wow, what a weird week.

A SAT phone call about an armed man in Turnagain Pass out on the highway at Mile 65 holding someone hostage. Propelled by a shocked surge of adrenalin and pure physical response, I literally broke a sweat and charged for my truck assuming it had to be Valerie. My brain couldn’t catch up with my legs. I almost left Jim behind, but self-preservation instinct prevailed.

I mean – how random is that – what are the odds that an armed kidnapper with a hostage wanders out of the woods in the search area of a missing person/possible abduction, miles from anywhere, and would NOT be related?

Callan thought the same thing and was completely alarmed, waiting to hear what happened.

What did I plan to do? Well, rescue her, of course! How were we going to do that? I don’t know. No idea. Not a clue. Didn’t stop to think about it…

Bear spray and Jim?

Offer up prayers and good thoughts for the well-being of the search effort as well as all the campers and people trying to enjoy a weekend.

Thanks to Duane for the photo.






And then there was the bear on our second-story deck. I woke up to it peering in at me. Then it just popped down onto the lawn.

GumBlog: a return to rain…

A couple of days of heat and sunshine has moved on – back to rain in Turnagain Pass.

The search effort continues with a handful of volunteers coming out for the weekend and some additional support.

Val’s brothers have been floating the creeks.

There is an active investigation and State Troopers are following up every possible lead.

Family will remain at the campground until Valerie’s dad feels that nothing has been missed.

The Turnagain Pass area was busy that weekend. Granite Creek, Spokane Creek and Bertha Creek campground (about a mile down the road on the opposite side) had lots of campers. If you were there, please think hard.

If you see something – call, make a comment, send an email.

907-783-0972 or 907-269-5497

Missing Persons Clearinghouse/Alaska Bureau of Investigation