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Old 03-20-2008, 11:00 PM
 
Location: south dakota
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I've lived in South Dakota and Nebraska my whole life and i'm ready for a change. I guess you could say that i'm ready to trade in the corn fields and cow pastures for mountains and the sea.

I've been spending a lot of time on this sight and the forums as well as other web sights, but alaska is a big place. Call me skeptical, but i don't like to put too much faith and trust into a city's chamber of commerce web sight and would rather hear comments from people who actually live there and aren't trying to sell me anything.

ok

First of all, I'd really rather stay away big touristy towns. I really don't need any of that hoaky crap and don't want to bother fighting with trinket-mad old ladies fresh off the cruise ship.

I'd also like to be an a fairly liberal, easy-going community. I don't need a big town and i don't need shopping malls or coffee shops or anything like that. I like easy-going bars with friendly people around my age (i turn 30 this summer)

I'm not too much of an outdoorsy person, but i do like to fish and hike and stuff like that.

anyway

With the researching that i've done, it seems like Sitka might be a nice place to try. I've looked into some of the jobs in the area and i'm not too worried about that. I am more concerned with rent avaliability and prices. The information on this websight was nearly 10 years old in that department. So, if anyone has any ideas or advice or whatever, i'd really be grateful.

thanks!
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Commonwealth Of Virginia
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trinket-mad old ladies fresh off the cruise ship.
I really think you are an Alaskan seeking your way home.......
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Current Reports from the City and Borough of Sitka

Sitka, Alaska (AK) Detailed Profile - relocation, real estate, travel, jobs, hospitals, schools, crime, news, sex offenders

An old thread on Sitka:
Moving to Sitka
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Commonwealth Of Virginia
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Check the Sitka Sentinel out (newspaper) Daily Sitka Sentinel - Home

Good way of finding some housing,prices,and community goings on.

Of course you know it RAINS quite often there?
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I like easy-going bars with friendly people
Famous last words of dearly departed Alaskans....lol

All kidding aside....good luck to you, Sitka would suit you just right.
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:50 AM
 
Location: south dakota
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Thanks for the replies

Ya, I read that it rains all time there and that's fine...here it is flat and dry and Sitka seems to be the exact opposite, which is exactly what i'm looking for lol
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Old 03-21-2008, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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Fly up for a visit first. Sitka is nice though it does NOT get as much rain as Ketchikan.
Good size Coast Guard Base is located there.
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Commonwealth Of Virginia
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Default Rainfall

Figured Sitka would have same rainfall as Petersburg, etc.
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Juneau, AK
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I wrote this a long time ago, but there's some good stuff in here...

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Originally Posted by Xa'at
I am from Southeast Alaska, and have traveled the area pretty thoroughly. Sitka remains my favorite. (other than Juneau, because Juneau is my hometown and I love it very much) During the time I have spent there it has struck me that the people are friendly and there is a remote atmosphere while still retaining some civilization. There is high speed internet, although I'm sure that goes away when you leave downtown. Until last year it was actually a college town- Sheldon Jackson just closed their doors, claiming they need a year to fix their budget. Most people I have talked to do not believe they will open again. Meanwhile, most of the students have been taken in by my university, University of Alaska Southeast, which is headquartered in Auke Bay (Juneau) but has a small campus in Sitka.
Most of the Southeastern cities have sold out to the cruise ships, Ketchikan perhaps worst of all. While Sitka didn't go the Petersburg route and bar them completely, I believe the compromise they made is wholly appropriate. The ships aren't allowed to dock (Sitka refused to dredge their harbor) and only one is allowed a day. This way, they still get some income (which is a good thing) but have been able to retain their culture and heritage. You WILL NOT find one of those horrible Jewelry stores in Sitka!
As far as amenities, there is a grocery store, maybe two. No Wal-Mart, no Freddies, no A&P (although I suspect that is coming). Most Sitkans hop on the ferry to Juneau for non-food shopping. After the construction of the Fast Ferry, the Fairweather, it is much easier to get back and forth. What used to be something like a ten hour trip is now four hours, but you still have to stay a few days because the ferry only runs every couple of days, even in the summer. There are a couple of nice restaurants, a Subway, a cinema that plays one movie at a time, a huge electronics depot, and a surf shop. Sitka is also the home of Omega One, makers of the best fish food in the world. (I know this because I use it!) There is a small fish hatchery on the Sheldon Jackson campus.
Don't know about the schools, although I imagine they would be pretty good. Alaskan schools have a fair reputation and I would bet that class sizes are small. There is one high school that is probably fairly overcrowded- 8,000 people in the city total is quite a bit for one small high school.
Sitka has an airport (Rocky Guittirez- SIT) serviced by Alaska Airlines with multiple trips to Juneau daily. As far as I know that is the only place they fly.
Sitka is on the ocean, one of the few SE cities that is. Although there is not pounding surf like the Washington and Oregon Coast, it is certainly more of a coastal town than the others. From what I hear the climate is also slightly milder- less rain. But there is still a lot of rain. Tsunamis are a concern, albeit a minor one, and there is a Tsunami siren and escape routes planned throughout the city.
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Commonwealth Of Virginia
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I wrote this a long time ago, but there's some good stuff in here...
Yes, it is, thanks, and I wasn't looking for information on Sitka!
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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But the OP was!
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