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    Free land in Alaska

    I am on the city council in this town, and helped on this project...


    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,259264,00.html

    Alaska Town Giving Away Free Land
    Friday , March 16, 2007



    ADVERTISEMENTANCHORAGE, Alaska —

    Anderson, a little town in Alaska's interior, has no gas station, no grocery store and no traffic lights, but it does have plenty of woodsy land — and it's free to anyone willing to put down roots in the often-frozen ground.

    In a modern twist on the homesteading movement that populated the Plains in the 1800s, the community of 300 people is offering 26 large lots on spruce-covered land in a part of Alaska that has spectacular views of the Northern lights and Mount McKinley, North America's highest peak.

    And what's an occasional day of 60-below cold in a town removed from big-city ills?

    "It's Mayberry," said Anderson high-school teacher Daryl Frisbie, whose social studies class explored ways to boost the town's dwindling population. Students developed a Web site and Power Point presentation, then persuaded the City Council to give it a go.

    "Are you tired of the hustle and bustle of the Lower 48, crime, poor schools, and the high cost of living?" the Web site asks. "Make your new home in the Last Frontier!"

    The 1.3-acre lots will be awarded to the first people who apply for them and submit $500 refundable deposits beginning at 9 a.m. Monday. Each winning applicant must build a house measuring at least 1,000 square feet within two years. Power and phone hookups are already available.

    City Clerk Nancy Hollis said people who apply in person or have someone stand in for them will have the best shot, since the post office doesn't open until noon and deliveries are even later from the regional hub of Fairbanks, 75 miles away.

    People seeking more information are calling from such places as California, Texas, Idaho and Florida.

    Locals eyeing the sites include 15-year-old newcomer Brittney Warner, a student who worked on the project. The 10th-grader, her parents and three siblings moved to Anderson two months ago from Boise, Idaho, when her father got a job at nearby Clear Air Force Station.

    Warner calls her new community "very nice, small, very outdoorsy" — a place that would be even better if it brought in some new businesses. Residents now have to drive at least 20 miles for gasoline or groceries.

    Her family is now living in a rental home and planning to apply for one of the lots.

    "We already have a house design," she said.

    Cory Furrow, a 26-year-old electrician, said he will be in line, too. Anderson has everything he enjoys — good terrain for snowshoeing and skiing, fishing, and hunting for moose and grizzly bears.

    "I've lived here my whole life, so when free land comes up in my hometown, I can't pass that up," said Furrow, who lives in his family home.

    Folks in Anderson say there are some job opportunities within driving distance, including a coal mine, a utility, major hotels and the air station, a ballistic missile early-warning site. Locals also would like to see entrepreneurs among the newcomers.

    In addition, they are hoping for families. The high school basketball team had to go coed this year because there weren't enough boys.

    Among the other advantages of Anderson: no property taxes, state income taxes or sales tax, virtually no crime, and no traffic. There are magnificent summers with temperatures as high as 90 degrees and plenty of wide-open space.

    "One of the resources that we have is land," said Mayor Mike Pearson, a mechanic at the air station. "If this works out well, the city's got lots more property."
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    More info here at http://www.anderson.govoffice.com/

    at the upper left hand corner click on Free Lots


    Guidlines for excepting free land


    GUIDELINES FOR FIRST COME FIRST SERVE

    Applications will not be accepted until March 19th @ 9:00 am.

    Applicants must start the line-up at the door at the top of the handicap access ramp.

    1. Individual must be physically present in line at all times. Individuals are allowed to have an alternate stand in their place. Individual can only have one application and one spot in line.
    2. There will be no sharing of spots in line.
    3. If you have to leave your spot in line, you forfeit your place unless you have an alternate person that will stand in line for you.
    4. Door will open at 9 am, city clerk’s office time.
    5. As you enter the door, you will be given a number, based upon first come first served criteria.
    6. You will proceed to the city clerk’s office based upon the first come first served criteria.
    7. You must hand in your completed application to the city clerk with your $ 500.00 deposit.
    8. You will be asked to select your unofficial lot preference at that time.
    9. On March 26th you will select your official lot and enter into an agreement.

    There will be a separate building for the applicants to use to warm up and use the restroom facilities.

    The Anderson Clinic Building will be open at midnight.
    The Anderson School will open at 5 AM.
    Student Government students will be selling coffee, juice, small breakfast and baked goods @ 5 AM.

    Please everyone, be considerate. Please respect our residents and community. The city will have staff available at midnight and the State Troopers will be also available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisipso View Post
    If only I could.
    We are allowing mail in applications...and the final lot selection meeting can be done via phone.

    I'm not eligible to participate due to being on the city council...how ever, my brother and his wife are participating, just for the opportunity to own some real estate..If I'm still up here when they complete it, I will be renting it from them...
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    I would be curious to see after its over how many of the lots actually went to someone from outside the area. Seems in the article it listed several people who would be in line who already live there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDawg3533 View Post
    I would be curious to see after its over how many of the lots actually went to someone from outside the area. Seems in the article it listed several people who would be in line who already live there.
    That would be pretty interesting...I may be able to get that information and post it in a couple weeks...I think the majority of people taking advantage of this will be current Alaska residents though
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    Where is Anderson?

    I spent a couple summers working in a saloon in Ester....I loved it up there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 213th View Post
    I am on the city council in this town, and helped on this project...

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,259264,00.html
    People seeking more information are calling from such places as California, Texas, Idaho and Florida.
    Those from California, Texas, and Florida might be in for a bit of a shock when winter comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    Those from California, Texas, and Florida might be in for a bit of a shock when winter comes.
    Actually Jenna, anyone from the lower 48 would be in for a shock when winter comes.
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    That's pretty cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrewtx View Post
    That's pretty cool.
    Yeah, literally, especially in the winter!

    I wonder if undocumented immigrants would be eligible. Sounds like a perfect place for them--INS probably doesn't have the resources to go all the way up there to catch them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDawg View Post
    Where is Anderson?

    I spent a couple summers working in a saloon in Ester....I loved it up there!
    It's 75 miles west and a little bit south of Fairbanks, right next to Clear Air Force Station on Highway 3.

    I'd love to move up there, but I'd probably have to get a job in Fairbanks, and that would be a long commute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackalope View Post
    It's 75 miles west and a little bit south of Fairbanks, right next to Clear Air Force Station on Highway 3.

    I'd love to move up there, but I'd probably have to get a job in Fairbanks, and that would be a long commute.
    Yeah, one of the reasons I decided not to move full time, was that you had to work so many jobs in the summer, to get a decent unemployment check in the winter.

    Of course, I lived in a cabin with no indoor plumbing too. It's one thing to use an outhouse, and ride over to the University for showers in the summer. Very different proposition in 70 below temps.

    My Ex-boyfriend had an interesting spiral brand on his butt from a notebook. It was in his back pocket, and the metal got so cold it burned thru his jeans!
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    Interesting. But F snow. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by So Fla Cop View Post
    Do you think an ice factory would be a profitable business?
    Due to the quality of water here, a water bottling factory would likely be very successful, but buisnesses do not qualify for the free land with the exception of cottage buisnesses
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    I live where we average 1,200 people per square mile. No New York City by any means,, but damn, I would love to go move where there is no traffic. I would try to get elected Chief of the town and have 2 or 3 Officers or Deputies,,,
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    You pay for my move, maybe. But this really sounds too complicated for my lazy ass.
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    Same thing is going on in La Villa Tx. But it is not a 1.3 tract its only a city lot for free, but you have to build a brick home no less than 1200 sq feet.

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    Well all 26 lots went with in a couple hours. We had 54 people in line for two days for the lots...

    Me and my brother had our picture picked up by the ap...check it out here on fox news

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,259782,00.html
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