Saturday, January 31, 2009

An Aunties Love

I am lucky enough to have my 3-year-old niece, Jayden, tonight. I often think about howdeep my love runs for her. You know how first time mothers talk about this whole different level of love that they experience? I of course do not know anything about this, but If I love this little girl as much as I do, what is going to happen when my time comes to have my own? Boy, oh boy.

We have been watching her latest favorite animated movie by Dr. Seuss, "Horton Hears a Who." She sits on the couch with her eyes glued to the TV only until the time comes to repeat one of Horton's lines--which she does very often. About every other minute she will turn to me with her eye brows raised high and that cute little smirk across her face, and says, "Oh my gosh, Horton said...." or she giggles and just talks to herself about what is going on. She is an only child, so talking to herself is a normal occurrence. I find it pretty darn cute. I Do believe that I find everything she does adorable...unless it deals with her bringing food anywhere near my new couch:)

Anyways, "Horton Hears a Who" is a great animated movie. Children's cartoons are so amazing these days. The creators really know how to cater to the adults that may get stuck watching them also. The Dr. Seuss flick is about an elephant to finds a speck of dust. On this speck of dust sits an entire other world. It is Horton's destiny to keep this dust speck's residents safe. This is the type of thing I think about all the time! We CANNOT be the only world here. I am sure there is tons of little worlds out there, or maybe WE are a speck of dust floating around some other giant world. Ooohhhh the possibilities. I could go on forever, and this chilrdren's cartoon sparked it all. HAHH!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Five Minutes of Fame/ Shout Out to Idaho

This is a video of my family and I watching My aunt, Jolee's five minutes of on Leno last night. If you missed it her is your chance to watch from my perspective. Every now and then I pan to the lef to get a reaction shot. The girl in the corner of the screen is the hog caller's daughter, Jacey Bacon. She had to stay home.

I hope everyone enjoyed watching Leno last night. I know that my family and I had a good time. My little sister turned a whopping 15 yesterday, so we all got together at my Aunt Shirley's house and ate my mom's famous spaghetti before sitting down to watch Jay Leno during the East coast showing. I also posted a photo of my sister with the gift I got her. I made the scarf around her neck to match the Ed Hardy shirt she is showing off.

I have a huge family, and we all sat around an over sized sectional couch in the shape of a U. Some sat on the floor, and when my aunt walked on screen we all got a kick out of it. She wore an Arizona Cardinals Jersey because this was the purpose of the competition (to predict who would win the Super Bowl). The jersey was not flattering at all, and of course, Leno made a crack at her weight, which I didn't find very nice. I suppose he could have said worse.

My family resides on a small Indian Reservation here in Idaho, which about 1,000 people populate. This morning I sat my newspaper table up at the local grocery store in hope to sell some subscriptions. I had a successful day, and sold seven, but the most exciting part of my day was hearing everyone's reaction to watching my aunt on TV. Because it is such a small town, everyone new that she was going to be on TV, and they all tuned in to get a good laugh.

My aunt should be home tomorrow, and I am sure she will have some stories to tell!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Aunt to be on Leno's "Tonight Show" Tonight 11:30!

'Tonight Show' comes calling for hog caller
By Eric Barker of the Tribune
Thursday, January 29, 2009

Jolee Bacon is snorting and hollering her way to 15 minutes of fame.

The Lapwai woman is set to appear in a hog-calling sketch on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" tonight.

"I'm really excited. It's kind of a once-in-a-lifetime kind of deal," she said Wednesday while en route to Southern California.

Bacon was crowned champion hog caller at the Nez Perce County Fair in September and featured in a Tribune article about the event. The Associated Press picked up a shorter version of the story that was published in newspapers around the world. Bacon also landed on several Web sites after the Tribune posted a YouTube video of Bacon's winning call in the blog section of

Four months and 18,000 hits on YouTube later, Bacon was invited to appear on the venerable late night variety and talk show. She was told she will compete with another hog caller to lure a live pig. The contest will be designed to predict the winner of Sunday's Super Bowl.

"We are going to each wear football jerseys and do the pig call and see who the pig goes to," she said.

At least that is her understanding of what will happen. Bacon said the invitation came via a phone call from a "Tonight Show" representative Monday while she was extremely busy working at the Clearwater River Casino. Bacon is a greeter there and the call came while people where lining up for a casino promotion that gives customers free gambling money.

"I just about peed my pants when he was telling me," she said. "I'm having (to deal with) a line all the way out the door and this guy is trying to tell me what I'm going to be doing. I didn't know what to do with myself."

When she had a few minutes of break time she frantically tried to reach family members by cell phone to tell them the news. But none of her family were answering their phones. Finally she reached one of her sisters.

"I say 'holy moly I need somebody to come down here right now I have some news.' "

The show is paying her airfare and hotel expenses and will pick her up in a limo to take her to the show's taping. She is traveling with her husband, Jeff. The couple will return Saturday after taking in the sites around Los Angeles.

Bacon's 9-year-old daughter Jacey, who convinced her to sign up for the hog calling contest at the fair, isn't going.

"From the get-go my daughter is the one who said 'get up there and do that, mom.' She is kind feeling like she should be doing it."

Bacon has lots of hog calling experience. She raised several pigs for 4-H projects growing up. Her daughter now does the same thing. So twice a day she would snort and holler "sooey" before feeding the hog. But Jacey sold her pig at the fair last fall and Bacon fears her pig calling skills may be a bit rusty.

"I thought maybe at the bathrooms at these airports I would practice."

The show airs at 11:30 p.m. on NBC. A video of Bacon's winning hog call at the fair can be viewed at


Barker may be contacted at or at (208) 848-2273.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Breaking News 12:33 p.m.: Local hog caller to appear on the 'Tonight Show'

Lapwai resident and Nez Perce County Fair champion hog caller Jolee Bacon is scheduled to appear on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Thursday.

Bacon is en route to Southern California with her husband, Jeff Bacon, for the taping of the show. Bacon and another hog caller will compete in a segment known as “You Make the Call” to see who can better lure a live pig. She said the competition is being used to determine which NFL team will win the Super Bowl.

Bacon won the adult category of the Nez Perce County Fair hog calling contest in September. A video of her call is posted under the blog section of the Tribune Web site at

Missin' My Buddies

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I am back from my little sister's basketball game, which she won. I was very proud of her because as she has grown up I have tried and tried to give her some tips for the court only to hear her say, "I know Tileena, just leave me alone. I know what I am suppose to do."

I think that she has now matured, and isn't too cool to listen to her big sis every once and awhile, after all I was a good ball player once upon a time. After her game last night I told her some things that I thought she should work on, and tonight I definitely saw her incorporate them into her game tonight.

I said I would come back and explain some the pictures I put in my collage. I have been a bit down lately because I have waited my whole life to graduate, and get this great job after college. well...I am now in the real world, and this is just not how it works...but try telling Tileena that:)

I was sitting here on my couch, where I do my blogging, and was thinking about how much I love my couch, then I think about how I need to pay for it. To get my mind of of this fact I thought of other things that I have that put a smile on my face.

Keys to my happiness:

1.) My boyfriend, and best friend: Matty, whom I call my sweetie pie.
2.) My new couch, which we have wanted for a long time.
3.) My new fishy, and his home that I made out of a flower vase and a start off another plant I have.
4.) My new fruit bowl that I bought today because I am tired of having loose apples rolling around on my table.
5.) My family. They are not all on here, but I want to specifically point out my niece, Jayden, who I love more than anything in the world. She is my world.

I woke up today with a job on my mind. I called the Tribune editor up and told him I would be down to meet him. I know that I will not be hired there right away, and maybe not at all. After all the excitement I came home to be bored. As I sat on my couch to do my daily job search I decided to make a collage of all the things that have made me happy lately. It helped a little as I sat jobless (besides being a paper pusher).

This is a quick post b/c I am late for my sister's basketball game. I'll explain these pictures soon. For now it is something for you to think about:)
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Family Hog Caller

Back in September my aunt entered the hog calling contest at the Nez Perce County Fair. We camp out at the fair every year because every member of the family is involved (I took a pig for 9 years). This year, my aunt Jolee, who's last name happens to be bacon, thought she would do a little entertaining.

Jolee is the one in the family that you dread introducing to your new boyfriend (at least this is how I feel) because she will do anything to embarrass you or them.

The video above speaks for its self. The "pig" that she is calling is played by her daughter, Jacey.

Jolee won the contest, hands down.

The Lewiston Morning Tribune covered the contest and interviewed her after the big performance. Some how they also managed to get a video of it and posted it on their blog.

This is where the story gets amazing: every morning news show, including Good Morning America, shared the video on their show. After the word was out her phone began ringing off the hook. Tons and tons of talk show hosts wanted her to be on their show. None of them ever worked out, BUT...yesterday she got a phone call from Jay Leno himself. He is putting her on a plane to California tomorrow. My aunt will be competing in Jay Leno's hog calling contest...this time it is a live hog. There is one other contestant, I believe from Louisiana?

Make sure and watch my aunt on Leno this Thursday (two days away). You will not want to miss this one. She is truly fearless, and thrives on attention!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Paper Pusher

150 newspapers + 4 hours = 2 subscription sales, grouchy Tileena with $24 for her day of work. Woo hoo!!!

I have now been the paper pusher for almost two weeks now. I don't completely hate it...but most definitely do not like it.

"Would you like a free Tribune...Free paper." I say as store goers enter the doors of what ever store I am lucky enough to be sitting in front of that day.

You know how in the movies they always have some guy standing on the busy city street corner yelling out the latest headlines, trying to sell the daily news? I feel like this guy.

I was at the Moscow Safeway today and the manager was nice enough to let me set up in the foyer area where they keep the carts. It wasn't completely inside the store, but I was excited about the fact that I would not have snow falling on me all day. I set my table up in between the two automatic sliding doors. One door leads to the outside winter wonderland, and the other into the store. About 10 minutes into my day I could feel my thighs burning from the cold weather blowing through the passageway. I then came to my attention that the outside door, which is supposed to close, was broke!

To make a long story short, left my designated area to stand between the Starbucks kiosk and the soup island. during my four hours there I only sold two subscriptions...and I was giving away $10 Safeway gift cards! One month only costs $12.50, and I told them that I didn't care if they canceled it after the first month. Do these people not understand that I need money and it would only cost them 2.50 out of pocket? To answer my own question, they do!I include this in my convincing strategy. Well...I leave the desperate for money idea out, but they should understand that part. Right?

On the plus side of things, I did get a free sample of a pumpkin cream muffin from the nice Starbucks man. Amazing!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Photo of the Day

A northbound South Lake Union Streetcar travels along Westlake Avenue North, near Denny Way, in Seattle on a rainy evening.

I love the Seattle P-I. They know how to bring in the online readers with a great variety of content. While going through a photo gallery filled with the P-I' favorite pictures of 2008, I ran across this one.

For each photo the photographer tells the secret behind the picture. I thought it might be interesting for some to see how a picture like this is created. I have always loved how photographers play with light. Its like science! The head of the train is in focus. It makes it seem as if the background is flying by rather thn the train. Don't stare too long, it might give you a headache:)

Heres what he says:
DeLong: Through panning and a quarter-second exposure, I photographed the shiny new streetcar as it glided over rain-drenched streets in a recently developed block of South Lake Union at twilight.
(January 18, 2008)
Dan DeLong/Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Sunday, January 18, 2009

My final day at the St. Cloud Times this summer was spent with mixed emotions. Home, of course, sounds spectacular after about nine weeks away from everything familiar. Yet, my adventure was ending.
On normal days I had entered the newsroom with a story lined up. This day was different, and nothing was on tap right away, so my next and last Video piece at the Times was heavy on my mind. I wanted to go out with a bang. Around noon I was told to cover the New citizens ceremony at the city hall.
It was nothing like I had ever experienced, and more than I had expected. The new citizens were so happy to become a part of our country.
What some may take advantage of, "a gift from god to them" one man said.

I had no idea how much it means to be an American until I spoke with a few adoptees.

I enjoyed piecing this together, and hope that I caught the joyful emotions in the colorfully filled Minnesota courtroom.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

This week has been odd an odd one for Tileena. At this time last year I was buying a new notebook, and printing out my schedule for the first day of the Spring semester. No Spring semester this year, but I did have the opportunity to ask, "Free newspaper for ya today?" out front of the UI Bookstore as hundreds of students poured in to buy their texts.

friends and old classmates passed by wondering what the hell I was doing. "Well...I graduated. I now have a job selling newspapers."

I have an odd sense of humor so most of my friends didn't know what to think. Is she really selling papers? I am the type of person who would just try to screw with my buddies by telling them that this is my new job. I think they still think I am pullin' their leg.

I am a hard worker, and my mom said I was over qualified to sell newspapers on college campuses and outside Walmart. A job is a job right? This is the way I see it right now, but for the first time, I can see myself getting tired of this job. Sure, I get to talk to people all the time and it could lead to a reporting job in the long run, but I feel ridiculous trying to convince these people into buying a paper.

Here is my dilemma: I have to work all week, but I want to stop in and check on a couple of resumes turned in. My "for now job" is getting in the way of my career search. Is this little part time job worth my time? None of the other "marketing assistants" aka newspaper pushers have college educations. I feel awful for thinking this, and it is odd that I do...but I sort of feel too good to do this job. Is my head getting big...oh no! I just feel like I did not go to school for 4 1/2 years to sell newspapers only for commission. I am going to need an hourly wage on top of everything in order for me to continue. I suppose that is the bottom line.

They continue to say how good I am doing, and how hard it is to find good workers like me, well...maybe they might want to keep me around then? Hmmm...

Monday, January 12, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer Goes Up For Sale

SEATTLE, WA (January 9, 2008) – The Seattle Post-Intelligencer went up for sale today, but most of the people in and around Seattle who were watching TV news knew about it last night – long before Hearst bothered to tell P-I employees today.

Thursday afternoon KING-TV 5, the Seattle NBC affiliate owned by Belo Corp., started reporting that Hearst was going to sell or close the Post-Intelligencer.

"They stuck with that story and topped the 6 o'clock news with it, they didn't back off," a Seattle photojournalist told News Photographer magagzine today, "even though no one at either newspaper seemed to know anything about it. They said they had 'an unnamed source close to the deal,' which made everyone think maybe Belo had something to do with it."

Which apparently wasn't the case, because around noon today Pacific time the newspaper's staff was summoned to a closed meeting with publisher Roger Oglesby and Hearst Newspaper president Steve Swartz, the Seattle Times reports, where they were told that the company has started a 60-day process of finding a buyer.

If no buyer is found, Hearst's options include going Web-only with a greatly reduced staff, or shutting the doors completely, employees learned.

Swartz told the gathering that under no circumstances would the Post-Intelligencer continue "in printed form" under their ownership.

"The way this all came about is only part of the theater of the absurd surrounding the P-I," the Seattle photojournalist said today. "Hearst didn't even bother to tell their own people first that the newspaper was dead. They told someone else first, and it was on television."

The newspaper has been published daily since 1863, and is the state's oldest. Hearst has owned the newspaper since 1921. It's been losing money since 2000.

Several reporters reporters and editors who were at the meeting told the Associated Press that both Oglesby and Swartz, along with Post-Intelligencer executives, refused to take questions about the announcement. Lincoln Millstein, Hearst's senior vice president for digital media, accompanied Oglesby and Swartz.

The Post-Intelligencer has been published in a joint operating agreement with The Seattle Times for 25 years, and the Times reports that their executives were not aware of the P-I's plans before today's announcement. In addition to the Post-Intelligencer, Hearst's interest in the joint operating agreement is also for sale. The JOA was modified in 1999 to allow the Times to start publishing a morning paper.

"I'm stunned," Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen said when the news broke.

"The JOA structure is inefficient and has been a significant part of the deep losses experienced at both papers," Blethen said in a company statement later in the day.

"Today's surprise announcement that Hearst Corporation has put the Seattle P-I up for sale and will close it in 60 days if there is no buyer is a reflection of two realities: that structural changes, which began as far back as 2000, have made it impossible for cities to profitably support two newspapers; and, that the devastating recession in which we are mired has made it very hard for even a single metro paper to be profitable," Blethen said.

"If the P-I does close and the JOA ends, it will enhance the chances that The Seattle Times can survive the recession even though our continued operation will require additional sacrifices by its employees and owners."

"Absent the Blethen’s six generation commitment to journalism and the community, we would have given up long ago, Seattle Times COO and president Carolyn S. Kelly said.

"Even if the JOA ends, there’s no guarantee we’ll be successful, but it’s more likely this market can support one newspaper; it clearly couldn’t support two."

In a statement released today, Hearst said that it has no interest in buying The Seattle Times and that no such acquisition is underway.

To add insult to injury for Post-Intelligencer employees today, some who openly cried during the meeting as they heard the news, The Virginian-Pilot reports that Hearst is among an handful of companies and millionaires who are donating huge sums to pay for the commissioning of the new aircraft carrier, the George H.W. Bush.

Hearst Communications Inc. has given $100,000 of the $4 million raised by The Navy League of the United States of Hampton Roads, VA, for the new ship. The money will be used to pay for enhancements to such features as the ship's chapel, library, ceremonial quarter deck, and a "tribute room" that's in honor of the ship's namesake. While the carrier itself was built with taxpayer money, the commissioning ceremony along with certain amenities are traditionally funded by private donations such as the one from Hearst.

Other donors include AT&T, Northrop Grumman Corp., PMX Industries, Faircount Media, and several wealthy individuals.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Pig Popularity Growing Among Nez Perce Reservation Youth from Reznet on Vimeo.

This was the second video I produced for, which is a Native American news site based out of Montana.

about five years ago I was a member of the Future Farmers of America organization while attending Lapwai High School. Back in my FFA days we only have about five members, and all of them were my cousins. This is because I come from a large farm family.

This year while I was watching my sister show her pig at the Nez Perce County Fair I couldn't I was amazed at the great abundance of Native American FFA members with pigs. This came as a surprise to me and the other fair goers. This is when the light bulb clicked on...I need to do a story on these Native American FFA students.

Each one of the students is an althlete and the fact that they take the time to train and work with their animals is amazing. I can relate to and appreciate all the hard work and time they had to put into these projects, because I did it for nin years. They were great interviewees. Very professional, talkative, and everything they said in the interview touched me tremendously. FFA has taught them so much responsibility, and this show in the video.

Watch it and listen carefully to what the judge says to them.


I am new to this blog deal, but I have been told that I have to have one. So here it goes. I would first like to share a bit about myself. I recently graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in journalism. I feel like I blinked and everything was over. Now I am sitting here on my new couch that I need to pay for and I have no job. YES! Welcome to the real world, Tileena.

I have always dreamed of becoming a big time TV reporter, but this past summer I was introduced to the world of multimedia journalism. I love holding a video camera in my hands and being able to capture a story and soley relying on my subject to tell the story. If I do not ask the right question in the correct way, I may miss the most important part of the event. If my subject/source doesn't answer my question in a complete sentence then I am put to the test to make it work. I tend to ramble on about this sort of thing, and no one ever seems to understand. I do want to make it clear that I have a passion for video journalism that is bigger than the sky. I have the staff at the American Indian Journalism Institution to thank for introducing me to this world.

I love talking to random people because everyone has a story. When I hold that video camera in my hand it gives me this power. I could walk up to anyone...and I mean anyone, and ask them about their deepest darkest secrets. I have been told that I am fearless, which is only true when I hold the empowering camera. I think that this power transfers to my interviewees also, because when I talk to people they seem at ease. Of course it takes a bit to make them comfortable with a camera in their face, but after the warm up questions everything seems to flow. I LOVE IT!

Anyways, enough of the rambling again.

Now I would like to share with everyone the work that I have done since July of '08. I am not going to go in any special order, but this is my most recent story that I did for the Web site I am currently working for (

Eel: Missing Piece to Salmon Recovery? from Reznet on Vimeo.

About four years ago the Nez Perce Tribe’s fisheries department started the translocation of the Pacific Lamprey Eel in hopes to assist in the recovery of the Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon.

“We had thousands of eel in here [Snake River], maybe even in the millions,” Nez Perce Tribal member and eel project coordinator,” Elmer Crow said. “For the past five to six years all that’s come over Lower Granite Dam is double digits. So, we’ve got a problem.”

The Pacific Lamprey Eel is a nutritious source of food for other fish. “One of the questions we’ve always asked,” Crow said, “is is this a part of Salmon recovery that’s missing?”

The 15 Fish were picked up from John Day Dam, which is located on the Snake River on the border of Idaho and Oregon, and relocated to the Tribe’s Big Canyon Fall Chinook Acclimation Facility in Juliaetta, Idaho. They will live in a large tank until they are released into area creeks.

“The biology, and the restoration, and keeping these things alive is very important,” Crow said, “but it’s just as important or more important to me personally because of the cultural, spiritual values of the Nez Perce people.”