<HTML>I know what you mean Chippsetter, lived in Grand Forks, North Dakota for 4-year's, friend's of our's came from Alaska, they were lucky, they had a outhouse to use, and I mean outhouse, if you had to use the bathroom late at night, you had to go outside of the house to use it! Folk's, try that on a freezing cold Alaskan night!!! Was glad that nothing stuck to the toilet!!!
<HTML>We try. I live in Anchorage so no problem but if you look at a map of the Kuskowim/Yukon Delta area you will see very little dry land. They use boardwalks for going house to house. My work is very interesting.</HTML>
<HTML>Chipsetter I guess I am surprised because the land there is so environmentally sensative that you would think that they would want to provide a safe method of sewage control in order not to affect the water supply in any way. Wow I had no idea. What do you do for work?</HTML>
<HTML>Kathy, We have over 300 public airports in Alaska. Not every village has one yet. We do not have the road system to tie all the villages together so Aircraft play a vital roll here. The shutdown of air traffic REALLY was a problem here. most villages don't even have a doctor. they have to fly, boat, or, in winter, snowmachine to the nearest one. This state is an exciting place to live. I don't wish to live anywhere else. My work is important to a lot of people.</HTML>
<HTML>Chippsetter I know what you are saying. I worked for Government for 16 years and you know the old saying the squeeky wheel........Here in MA the environmental and building codes are getting stricter and stricter and it makes it very difficult for us to build anything anymore. I'm not against that per say I think we built too much, too fast and without good codes. They are in place now. But of course we polluted our harbor for hundreds of years and couldn't even swim in it until recently. It will take years to get it back to the healty state for marine life to thrive again and to restore it to it's beauty. It's getting there but it will take time.</HTML>
<HTML>About honey buckets. In Japan the human 'stuff' was toted in buckets and used to fertilize the rice fields, thus sweetening the crops. Hey, you use what you got, right. (I remember this from my Navy brat days back when I was a kid and we were stationed in Japan in '57.)
<HTML>That's neat Chippsetter, there's one thing that your getting that alot of people only read in book's, a first class, hand's on experience that alot of people don't get! I think after living up there in semi-quiet I'd go bonker's coming back and living in a city or big town! We use to enjoy checking out the Aurous-Boureales (sp) at winter time, the first time I got to witness it I stood froozen to the ground, unless you've seen it before it's a sight to behold!
<HTML>There are a lot of state regulations that we put in place that are tougher than the federal but the people complaining don't see that. They base their views on what they see in California and back east. What they can't seem to understand is that we DO care about our state. We don't WANT to rely on Washington for money. What we want and need is the ability to build our infrastructure so we can do more to pay our own way. BTW, our PFD checks are NOT from oil money. Oil money was the seed to investing in the market (stocks, bonds, etc.). The check amount is based on 1/2 of the average earnings over the last 5 years.</HTML>
<HTML>Kathy, I have lived here since 1965 and the northern lights STILL amaze me and make me stop in my tracks. We, here in Anchorage, have all the same things to do that you all have so come and enjoy.</HTML>