Link to the mainland
By Charles Schilli
March 04, 2009
The more I look at the topo maps of the land between Ketchikan
and the Canadian border, the more I wonder if anyone advocatiing
a link to the mainland can read a map.
I have a copy of the DeLORME "Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer"
in front of me now, open to pages 20 and 21. You'd have to go
across or around George Inlet, across Carroll Inlet, across Behm
Canal, and across the Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness
in order to get to Portland Canal and link to Hyder. If that
village up on the West Coast of Alaska cannot link to the airport
because of the tree huggers, there is no way in the world we
are going to see a road through MFNMW. And the cost would be
1000 times the bridge to Gravina.
A ferry to the mouth of the Chickamin, then a second ferry to
Hyder? That looks maybe feasible, linking to the Davis River
canyon, but come on. That's still MFNMW, and the Chickaman would
quickly become a sacred (to condo-conservationists) grizzly bear
A ferry to Wilson Arm? Maybe. It'd go through the Misty Fiords
National Monument for a ways, then need a steep road or a tunnel
through some mountains and another ferry to Hyder. I doubt it
would get past the Condo-conservationist crowd as part of the
route is through the Wilderness Area.
For the cost of the cheapest route to Canada, we could buy each
Ketchikan resident a lifetime pass to Seattle on Alaska Airlines.
Bluewater, Sumner Straight, AK
Received March 04, 2009 - Published
March 04, 2009
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