Julia O'Malley and Kyle Hopkins report that the high costs of living in rural Alaska are prompting migration to Anchorage in today's Anchorage Daily News: Bush costs prompt exodus to cities:
Anchorage and the state "cannot stand by and tolerate the deterioration of rural Alaska," the letter said.
The main evidence of the migration is enrollment in Anchorage schools, which have seen more than 400 new Native students since school started, said Doreen Brown, Indian Education supervisor for the district. It wasn't clear how many of those came directly from rural Alaska, but schools in communities across Western Alaska report losing pupils, Comeau said.
High energy costs in rural areas are seen as one of the reasons for the migration: