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Ironic Johnny Thune accepts $5,000 from a pizzeria employee;
|Abramoff, Jack Mr.
Washington, DCÂ 20006
Preston Gates Ellis et al/Gov’t Aff
|John Thune (R)
Senate – SD
BATTLE BORN CLASSIC COMMITTEE
The extra girl
fell off the bicycle
just rode on
(at Black Sheep)
In 1999 we vacationed inÂ Nome, AKÂ and as I read the sign â€œThere’s no place likeÂ Nomeâ€ I chuckled and thought â€œgood thingâ€.Â Â The weather was lousy, the town was littered with garbage and I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to live here.Â Â Now, eleven years later, I live here 10 â€“ 14 days a month and have a different perspective of this community.Â Â It’s a vibrant little town with three grocery stores, great restaurant choices, a movie theater, a bowling alley in the works and a wonderful road system.
There are three roads or about 220 miles to go out and view nature at its best. The Council road is about 75 miles long that ends at a river.Â Â This is a popular place for the locals to launch their fishing boats.Â Â There is a small summer community or fishing camp across the river called Council.Â Â The Teller road ends at theÂ villageÂ ofÂ Teller.Â Â The third road is the Kougarok, where many birders go to find the bristle-thighed curlew.
Joe was here visiting me inÂ NomeÂ this weekend.Â Â We had three full days and we turned each road into a full day of adventure.Â Â A short drive out ofÂ NomeÂ and it is a tranquil paradiseâ€¦wide open spaces with views of mountains, ocean, and wildlife.Â Â When the wind isn’t blowing, the only noise to be heard is from the birds.Â Â Much of the land is wind swept rocky turf covered with beautiful dainty little flowers.Â Â We saw a moose munching on the new green brush.Â Â We watched herds of musk ox as they napped, ran and grazed.Â Â The reindeer were plentiful.Â Â We enjoyed great views of one large grizzly bear and of a fox.Â Â We snuck a few peeks at some spotted seals and a couple of beavers.Â Â The arctic ground squirrel added a little entertainment to the trip and the birds were spectacular.
The birding highlights include – a pair of Peregrine Falcons close to their nest, a nest under a bridge with two large Gyrfalcon fledglings eating a Ptarmigan for dinner, 4 different types of loons (Common, Red-throated, Pacific and Arctic), Willow and Rock Ptarmigan (not being eaten for dinner), Common Eiders andÂ Â great looks at another 70 species.
Enjoying summer and hope you are too!
BTW, they are birdwatchers!