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Subject:  Re: Retire to Alaska? Date:  2/28/2006  8:28 PM
Author:  alaskack Number:  917 of 1845

How do Alaskans feel about the Congress refusing to open up the ANWR for oil exploration?

Mixed, but probably a majority would like to see it happen. We have our fair share of environmentalists and if it did pass, I'm sure there would be years of litigation.

No Costcos then! She told me she was forever eating fresh salmon, halbut, crab, clams and such, and absolutely was famished for things like Grape Nuts and other cerials, which were expensive to buy at the time.

True enough, the fishing is great (I can almost guarantee visiting relatives we'll catch something). Prices are better in bigger cities (pop. >10,000), but there are still places where you have to have your food flown in.

I hitchhiked up the Alaska highway in 1972. I still remember a guy who lived in Clear, between Fairbanks and Anchorage. He complained about businesses who had work done in Seattle at low cost rather than having it done in Alaska and building the local economy. Then he showed me a beautiful collection of fur parkas and such ---which he said he shipped to SEATTLE each year to get them cleaned and stored at low cost!

Still happens (maybe not the cleaning). One reason is that no one does the work locally and if you have to ship it out, you might as well ship it to Seattle and save money.

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