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Alaskan Mama chat January- Happy New Year!

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New month, new year!
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happy New Year, everyone!

Did anyone see the article about the yurt down in Kenai in the New York Times? They made it sound like living w/o a toilet was superhuman. But the pics were beautiful! Slideshow here
post #3 of 114
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That is a cool slideshow! I actually have seen stuff about their yurt when it was "in progress" and it kind of made me laugh because I think there are actually quite a few yurts in AK.. there was one in Bering Strait and then when the couple had a baby, they had a second one built and attached them.. there is one behind a house on Lake Otis in Anchorage... I am sure there are some in Fairbanks.. I just don't see why THIS one gets all the attention?

Cute outhouse! I think the clutter of a yurt would drive me insane.
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Happy New Year!
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New month, new year!
Good grief you're always so quick on the draw making these new threads...




I didn't *intend* to stay up for midnight last night, but DH and I kinda, uh, did and then I had a stuffy-nosed baby and a feverish almost-three-year-old who took turns waking me up the rest of the night. I think I will celebrate the new year by taking a nap.
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Happy New YEar!
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I haven't been on here for a while but I would like to wish everybody a happy new year!
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I just don't see why THIS one gets all the attention?

Cute outhouse! I think the clutter of a yurt would drive me insane.
Oh you know...they probably knew someone who freelanced. Now they can get their picture posted at the general store...lucky them. I agree, that outhouse was cute. Now I want to repaint mine!

Looking forward to coming home...it's getting all slushy, wet and humid (always, the humidity!) down here(VT). Bleh. Not to mention all the tourists/ski bums are starting to get on my nerves... I'll be happy to be back in Fairbanks where it's too cold for that sort of silliness! (ok except for the Japanese, but tourists in AK seem to be a friendlier sort than your typical flatlander /end rant--because otherwise I could go on forever in this vein!)

Hope you're all doing well!
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the mama in the yurt article is a mdc member, i believe. they sound like they live a fun life! there are many yurts in alaska, but some people's lives probably make for more interesting stories than others...
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We were not in a yurt in Pelican, but those pictures of hiking in the woods look pretty familiar, LOL!!
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It reminds be of our cabin in Delta where the water froze on the floor.

Small and cozy. I'm not sure our large family of 7 would fit in one anymore though.
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My girlfriend has a yert. Her handler lives in it.
post #13 of 114
Happy New Yer!

Hi. I'm the one from the article. And of course, there are many yurts in Alaska - Nomad Shelter in Homer made ours, and they're all over Homer. Certainly, she could have interviewed probably almost anyone from Seldovia (and half the folks in the state) and come out with something equally bizarre from a New York City perspective. I guess it shows you what the rest of the country thinks of us crazy Alaskans!
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Hi. I'm the one from the article. And of course, there are many yurts in Alaska - Nomad Shelter in Homer made ours, and they're all over Homer. Certainly, she could have interviewed probably almost anyone from Seldovia (and half the folks in the state) and come out with something equally bizarre from a New York City perspective. I guess it shows you what the rest of the country thinks of us crazy Alaskans!
Haha. We're not the crazy ones...They are. Who wants to live in a stinky city with too many people? Not me...

We need an icon for yurt-love.

I'd love to live in a yurt, but convincing dp of that would fly about as well as the time I tried to convince him to build me an octagonal house.
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Good grief you're always so quick on the draw making these new threads...
There were a few times that we didn't get a "new month" thread for a week or so into the new month, so I try to make a new one the first day if I can to avoid that...

I think I suffer from OCD a bit, also..
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Happy New Yer!

Hi. I'm the one from the article. And of course, there are many yurts in Alaska - Nomad Shelter in Homer made ours, and they're all over Homer. Certainly, she could have interviewed probably almost anyone from Seldovia (and half the folks in the state) and come out with something equally bizarre from a New York City perspective. I guess it shows you what the rest of the country thinks of us crazy Alaskans!
I loved the pictures! thanks for sharing.

Yurt-Love
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I recently came across this Salmon Poisoning while researching.
Is this a problem in Alaska? I have been under the impression it was common practice to feed salmon (even raw) to dogs here in AK, especially among the Mushers.

Here is a quick overview of salmon poisoning





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ishing can be wonderful recreation, but sharing the catch with your dog can be an act of kindness that kills.
Salmon Poisoning Disease is a potentially fatal condition seen in dogs that eat certain types of raw fish. Salmon (salmonid fish) and other anadromous fish (fish that swim upstream to breed) can be infected with a parasite called Nanophyetus salmincola. Overall, the parasite is relatively harmless. The danger occurs when the parasite itself is infected with a rickettsial organism called Neorickettsia helminthoeca. It’s this microorganism that causes salmon poisoning.

“Salmon poisoning occurs most commonly west of the Cascade mountain range,” says Dr. Bill Foreyt, a veterinary parasitologist at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He adds, “Canids (dogs) are the only species susceptible to salmon poisoning. That’s why cats, raccoons and bears eat raw fish regularly with out consequence.”
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I recently came across this Salmon Poisoning while researching.
Is this a problem in Alaska? I have been under the impression it was common practice to feed salmon (even raw) to dogs here in AK, especially among the Mushers.
Most mushers I know feed their dogs smoked/dried fish that has been frozen. I would think after smoking it the risk would be fairly small.

I haven't lived near anyone that mushes though for about 10 years, so things may have changed but I doubt it.
post #19 of 114
Hmmm interesting about the salmon. No idea.


YEA yurts! Amazing how warm they can be in the winter. The limited light would bother me but then again, the more windows, the less heat, etc.

Anyone in Anch been skating at Westchester? It's a lot of fun w/the burn barrels set up on these cold days. The ice isn't perfect but I'm so impressed at how many families are out having fun.
post #20 of 114
We feed raw frozen salmon to our chickens, goats and dogs with no trouble.
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