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Noatak and Kobuk have just about run out of fuel oil #WTF ?

Anchorage Daily News

Published: January 9th, 2012 10:44 PM
Last Modified: January 9th, 2012 11:26 PM

As the world watches a Russian tanker crawl toward Nome, its belly full of gasoline and diesel fuel, two Northwest Alaska villages faced a more immediate need this week.

Dwindling heating oil reserves.

The Inupiat village of Noatak, where temperatures dipped to 45 below or colder each of the past three days, ran out of heating oil Saturday at the village store, residents say. Elder Bernice Monroe said her 78-year-old husband drove a snowmachine to nearby Red Dog Mine to buy a drum of fuel, while the store borrowed drums from the utility pump house and...