13 comments on “Where in the World is Newhalen, Alaska?

    • Well… not quite yet. Initially the district will assign a substitute teacher to Chignik Lake. The official (state) count happens in October. If they still have at least 10 students, at that time they will hire for the remainder of the year. It’s still such a dicey situation though. The State Board of Fisheries is mismanaging Chignik’s salmon – allowing them to be pirated hundreds of miles from the river. The result was very few – and largely unproductive – openings for the fishermen of the Chignik area again this year. Which in turn is killing the economy there.

  1. I am always a little in awe of people who choose the Alaskan Bush as a place to live, even if it is Cush Bush! I enjoyed reading about your adventurous move.

  2. ☺️🙃☺️. Happy for you Both! Sounds abundantly interesting. A beacon of light in an inbox of doom and gloom.

  3. Hi Jack and Barbraaaaaa! Loved reading about your new digs and that picture of Mrs. Donachy among the blueberry bushes is just lovely. I’m saving up my ducats to hopefully make a trip up to visit!

  4. Hi, what a informative post. I appreciate you taking the time to write this. Which transportation company did you use to bring your truck, canoe and boat over? How did Gillie get shipped? And how did you find a place to stay? That does seem to be “Bush Lite” which is very interesting. Please let us know how the winter goes in a future post.

    • Hi Ben. Ray Williams out of Homer barged our truck and boat from Homer to Newhalen. Gillie was barged out on her trailer. We just had a few days of snow – about a foot accumulated – and temperatures as low as 0°, but it’s warm this morning and getting warmer. Rain in the forecast for this afternoon (December 6.) As is the case in northern latitudes across the globe, winters are trending milder and milder. We’re told that the Newhalen River and Lake Iliamna used to freeze solid every winter. In recent years, hard water periods have become much shorter; some years the ice no longer gets solid. Thanks for reading!

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