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View Diary: Sen. Murkowski pondering 'hold' on Sally Jewell's nomination over rejection of remote Aleutian road (189 comments)

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  •  Come here and take a look (3+ / 0-)

    before you start pontificating.  It really irritates us Alaskans how folks with absolutely no knowledge of Alaska think they know it all.

    The topography here creates microclimates.  The weather on one side of a mountain ridge can be completely different from that on the other side, especially in the area around King Cove (not King's Cove), which is exposed to weather that Cold Bay (a bay protected by mountains from the prevailing winds) is not.

    And these folks haven't lived there for a thousand years;  ten thousand years or more, according to archeological data.

    "Everybody wants to go to Heaven but nobody wants to die" --- Albert King

    by HarpboyAK on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:55:36 PM PST

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    •  You might have an answer to my question (0+ / 0-)

      From the diary:

      Using a Hovercraft for 30 emergencies from 2007 to 2010 proved to be too expensive for the village, which is served by a clinic run by the Indian Health Service. The clinic has medical personnel, but no physician.
      Why doesn't the village have a physician?

      It seems a local clinic could be staffed for less than building a road.

      30 emergencies from 2007 - 2010.

      It's my opinion that the people who live there are an "endangered" culture and a road will surely result in additional changes to their culture.  It's a fair bet that a road that is built for emergency use only, and must be maintained, will eventually be used for other purposes.

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