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Old 11-06-2006, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, MN
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Yep, If I wasn't already happily married, I'd head back to AK in a heartbeat

Of course it takes a special kind of person to live in AK, especially "bush" AK, but if you're adventerous, adaptable and ready for something totally different, I'd say go for it!
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Old 11-08-2006, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Southern New Mexico at the moment
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"The odds are good... but the goods are odd"
Ok,, I had to giggle over that one! As a single female, teacher, and mom looking at relocating from NM, I appreciate the humor in that one!
"I live in Sterling Alaska. We need more women! Please send ASAP! :-)"
And exactly what kind of area is Sterling? hehehehhe
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Old 11-11-2006, 07:44 AM
 
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Wink Who Knew

I didn't know this thread would bring out the conversation it did, how wonderful.....!!!

I also saw the programs on Discovery Channel about Alaska, visiting the interior as well as the exterior sounds like GREAT fun.

Now, if I could just meet someone that lives over there...
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Old 11-12-2006, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Sterling is like this...






http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/782/dsc0096yr9.jpg (broken link)

Pretty boring, but close enough to drive anywhere. Has 2 bars, 5 places to eat, 1 elementary school, 1 gas station, many churches, 1 senior citizen center, 1 laundrymat, a handfull of campgrounds, and lot's of fishing guides. Great fishing, cross country skiing, snowmachine, flying and on and on...
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Old 12-22-2006, 06:57 AM
 
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W.O.W..those are some AMAZING photos...gorgeous!
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Old 12-23-2006, 06:15 PM
 
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Loved the pictures, Rance. Love this thread, lol. 'Goods are odd...'

As an ex-NY'r who came to Oregon by way of SoCal, this already feels pretty rustic to me. I really like it here in Ashland, but am at my limit. Sterling, AK looks fabulous but...
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Old 12-23-2006, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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When I first moved here back in 1968 there were only 12 families in a 10 mile radius. Most of those were homesteaders from the 50's. It's grown quite a bit as alot of folks moved out here to get out of town. Sterling has not really expanded as a town...just in population. It's nice and quiet here, and very close to the wildlife refuge, so we get lot's of critters and miles upon miles of wild country to ski, boat, fish, camp, hike etc. I have a feeling it's going to grow over the next 20 years tho. A few years back they put a 5 lane through town. That is never a good sign.
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Old 01-07-2007, 03:16 PM
 
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Where do the kids go to Middle/High School? I've been looking hard at Sterling.
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Old 01-07-2007, 03:40 PM
 
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We're in Anchorage, and my middle boy goes to Dimond High, the youngest goes to Mears Middle. The oldest is working up on the slope as a laborer for $16.00 / hour with 84 hours a week, 44 at time and a half. Brings home over a thousand a week when he's on shift. His current shift is 3 on 2 off, just got done with 5 on 2 off.
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Old 01-07-2007, 03:45 PM
 
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Personally, I love Sterling, but that's a massive highway running up the center of town. It's as big as any through Anchorage. Winter is okay, but you have to deal with a million tourists in summer.

If I had my druthers, I'd live in Kasilof or Ninilchik around there. Clam Gulch is nice, and so is Anchor Point.
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