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Alaska anyone?

For anybody who

A. can't get a job

B. just wants to join Ebbs...

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anderson, a little town in Alaska's interior, has no gas station, no grocery store and no traffic lights, but it does have plenty of woodsy land ó and it's free to anyone willing to put down roots in the often-frozen ground.

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In a modern twist on the homesteading movement that populated the Plains in the 1800s, the community of 300 people is offering 26 large lots on spruce-covered land in a part of Alaska that has spectacular views of the Northern lights and Mount McKinley, North America's highest peak.

And what's an occasional day of 60-below cold in a town removed from big-city ills?

"It's Mayberry," said Anderson high-school teacher Daryl Frisbie, whose social studies class explored ways to boost the town's dwindling population. Students developed a Web site and Power Point presentation, then persuaded the City Council to give it a go.

"Are you tired of the hustle and bustle of the Lower 48, crime, poor schools, and the high cost of living?" the Web site asks. "Make your new home in the Last Frontier!"

The 1.3-acre lots will be awarded to the first people who apply for them and submit $500 refundable deposits beginning at 9 a.m. Monday. Each winning applicant must build a house measuring at least 1,000 square feet within two years. Power and phone hookups are already available.

City Clerk Nancy Hollis said people who apply in person or have someone stand in for them will have the best shot, since the post office doesn't open until noon and deliveries are even later from the regional hub of Fairbanks, 75 miles away.

People seeking more information are calling from such places as California, Texas, Idaho and Florida.

Locals eyeing the sites include 15-year-old newcomer Brittney Warner, a student who worked on the project. The 10th-grader, her parents and three siblings moved to Anderson two months ago from Boise, Idaho, when her father got a job at nearby Clear Air Force Station.

Warner calls her new community "very nice, small, very outdoorsy" ó a place that would be even better if it brought in some new businesses. Residents now have to drive at least 20 miles for gasoline or groceries.

Her family is now living in a rental home and planning to apply for one of the lots.

"We already have a house design," she said.

Cory Furrow, a 26-year-old electrician, said he will be in line, too. Anderson has everything he enjoys ó good terrain for snowshoeing and skiing, fishing, and hunting for moose and grizzly bears.

"I've lived here my whole life, so when free land comes up in my hometown, I can't pass that up," said Furrow, who lives in his family home.

Folks in Anderson say there are some job opportunities within driving distance, including a coal mine, a utility, major hotels and the air station, a ballistic missile early-warning site. Locals also would like to see entrepreneurs among the newcomers.

In addition, they are hoping for families. The high school basketball team had to go coed this year because there weren't enough boys.

Among the other advantages of Anderson: no property taxes, state income taxes or sales tax, virtually no crime, and no traffic. There are magnificent summers with temperatures as high as 90 degrees and plenty of wide-open space.

"One of the resources that we have is land," said Mayor Mike Pearson, a mechanic at the air station. "If this works out well, the city's got lots more property."
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so is that where you've been JP?
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so is that where you've been JP?
Nope just been busy... if there was anything that needed my attention, all you had to do was PM, or e-mail, or Txt me.
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Lived there for 3 years, loved it. Not to far from where Ebbs lives. Never would go back though.

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Lived there for 3 years, loved it. Not to far from where Ebbs lives. Never would go back though.
I will never come back to live! I'd love to come back and visit... but to live? HELL NO! I like the fact that I can get what I want in the city... or if not... have it shipped to me.... here... your LUCKY if Anchorage has it... and if they don't GOOD luck shipping it up... even if they do... which most of the time they don't... it's an arm and a leg...


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I will never come back to live! I'd love to come back and visit... but to live? HELL NO! I like the fact that I can get what I want in the city... or if not... have it shipped to me.... here... your LUCKY if Anchorage has it... and if they don't GOOD luck shipping it up... even if they do... which most of the time they don't... it's an arm and a leg...


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I went to Anchorage, oh yeah and Denali, for a vacation once. It was really wierd driving around at 12 at night and trying to figure out why no one was around since it was still light hahaha. I think I would freeze to death there in the winter but I want to go back to photograph the Northern Lights at some point. Preferably when I'm being paid for it. Till then I'll stay where it's warm. In the desert!
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I went to Anchorage for a vacation once. It was really wierd driving around at 12 at night and trying to figure out why no one was around since it was still light hahaha. I think I would freeze to death there in the winter but I want to go back to photograph the Northern Lights at some point. Preferably when I'm being paid for it. Till then I'll stay where it's warm. In the desert!
yeah... actually the summer's aren't bad... they're actually pretty cool... 23+hrs of daylight... and 70's weather! but they only last 4-5 months... then it's into winter... and those are cool for about two months... then they drag... and you still have 4-5 MORE months to go!
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I will never come back to live! I'd love to come back and visit... but to live? HELL NO! I like the fact that I can get what I want in the city... or if not... have it shipped to me.... here... your LUCKY if Anchorage has it... and if they don't GOOD luck shipping it up... even if they do... which most of the time they don't... it's an arm and a leg...


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Yeah, that dividend check was nice every year when I was kid though. I loved the ski season, that is what kept me entertained. I did all my sightseeing, went all over the state, fished, hiked, and had enough of it. I didn't keep track with any friends up there and it's been over a decade. I have no reason to go back now.

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it is quite beautiful!
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I don't have any digi pics, too long ago for that. My mom has all the cool pics of Mount Spur erupting while I was there. I got two real nice pieces of artwork from there. One of Eagle River Valley before it became populated and one of the Sleeping Lady. It is a beautiful place to live.

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I don't have any digi pics, too long ago for that. My mom has all the cool pics of Mount Spur erupting while I was there. I got two real nice pieces of artwork from there. One of Eagle River Valley before it became populated and one of the Sleeping Lady. It is a beautiful place to live.
I still say with that peak where it is... looks like a DUDE!
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Sweet place to see. I know I would love to see it but not sure about living there.

Cool as hell idea though!




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If I didn't have my daughter, and had a bit of money saved to live on for awhile, I'd do it. I could live there for a couple years to get the land, then move away when I get too tired of the cold weather. I loved it up there in the summer and I'm sure I could deal with a couple of the winters, then just use the place as a summer vacation spot.

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Sweet place to see. I know I would love to see it but not sure about living there.

Cool as hell idea though!
Going on a boat cruise in Sept. with 3 days on land.....should be
interesting....

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If I didn't have my daughter, and had a bit of money saved to live on for awhile, I'd do it. I could live there for a couple years to get the land, then move away when I get too tired of the cold weather. I loved it up there in the summer and I'm sure I could deal with a couple of the winters, then just use the place as a summer vacation spot.
if I had the money... I'd do it and rent it out... especially with the way Anchorage is growing... but no way would I live up here...
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