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The wife of a friend of mine was the daughter of one of Alaska's Federal judges at the time of statehood. She grew up in Alaska back in the 1950s.

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.

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!

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

Seattle Pioneer
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