Ted Burton (tedbrtn@CYBERHIGHWAY.NET)
Thu, 15 Feb 1996 21:58:06 -0700
At 18:55 2.14.1996, RW Skelton wrote:
>****sorry for pessimism on mergers, really it might be a good idea for
>some councils in the lower 48, maybe not but it is just crazy to create a
>super council here that is ~1/2 the size of the entire Western Region
Don't know if anyone is listening, but making Alaska into one Council would
create DE-nightmares. There are persistent rumors, including past rumors of
allegedly accomplished merger. The old"Alaska Council" neckerchief from
Nanuk Lodge I think has contributed to the rumor mongering.
This would be a Council, which if superimposed upon the Lower 48, would
have its southeasterly extremity at Savannah, Georgia, its northerly
extremity at Lake of the Woods, Minnesota, and its southwesterly extremity
out in the ocean southwest of Los Angeles, California. Anchorage would fall
somewhere near St. Louis, Juneau somewhere near Atlanta, Dutch Harbor
somewhere in the vicinity of Los Angeles, etc. etc. The problems faced by
the various communities across the expanse of territory are significant and
significantly different one from the other. The social structure in
Anchorage is radically different from that in Bettles. There are at least 5
different climatic zones, and three time zones. There are communities where
Anglos are a racial minority or unknown, and English is a second language
to Athapaskan, Yupik, or Innupiat. A statewide Jambor-all etc. would pose
the logistics of a National Jamboree.
When I was in present-day Western Alaska Council we had one DE whose turf
extended from Anchorage to Dutch Harbor, over a thousand miles, and
reachable only by air. Talk about service to the units ...?
Such a Council would be the antithesis of "your local council office."
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