Last summer I wrote a blog post about what I believe is the uncertain future of rural Alaska. It seems that what I fear is becoming a reality in Emmonak, as it is, I'm sure, in many other isolated Alaskan villages. Emmonak is the first to be raising a cry for help.
Emmonak man seeks food airlift to combat economic crisis
ALASKA NEWSPAPER STAFF
January 12, 2009 at 1:42PM AKST
A combination of extreme cold and high fuel prices has created a humanitarian crisis for the village of Emmonak, according to resident Nicholas Tucker.
In a letter sent out as a cry for help, Tucker describes economic conditions in which families are rationing food and warmth for themselves and their children in the Southwest Alaska village of 800.
The situation could easily worsen — extreme cold that arrived early this winter and stuck around means heating fuel must soon be flown in, which residents fear will push the price from $7.83 per gallon to $9 a gallon or more.
Click here to read the article.
Alaskan bloggers have been trying to raise awareness of the situations are are calling into question the lack of response, or even acknowledgment of the situation by state officials. Here are a few posts from other AK bloggers...
The Mud Flats (I suggest reading the comments on this blog)
A grassroots effort has been started to raise awareness of the situation and to help the village. If anyone is interested in helping they can call:
City of Emmonak, (907) 949-1227/1249 (They will take donations by credit card. Please specify the donation is for heating oil!)
Emmonak Tribal Council, (907) 949-1720
or send a check to:
Emmonak Tribal Council
P.O. Box 126
Emmonak, AK 99581
Attn: Christine Alexie