Recent Events on
News as of October, 2004:
- Alaska Airlines flies to Adak; it costs about $1,000 from
Anchorage (round trip or one way?)
- A small but steady stream of visitors comes to Adak, and
not just at the salmon run.
- If you are not Aleut, you'll probably need a travel permit,
even if you are a resident. Terms and price change frequently but
recently an annual pass cost $100. That's less than a night in a
rented house and much less than the cost to fly to Adak but it is still
something to be aware of.
- The Blue Shed houses the main industry of Adak, fish
packing. They are doing fairly well and are considering expanding
to the Red Shed.
- A new small boat harbor is soon to be constructed for boats
up to 60 feet.
- The concrete buildings are in pretty good shape but the
interior pipes and wires are generally not; the Navy did not drain the
water pipes so when they froze and burst, it made one mell of a
- The Navy's X-band radar, on a drilling rig in Kuluk Bay,
may get started next year. What exactly that means for the city
nobody knows. It is supposed to be minimum impact, and yet, maybe we'd
rather see a positive impact than no impact at all.
The U.S. Navy completed its operations and left the island
on September, 2000 (near as I can tell).
Election Results -- April, 2001
Local Boundary Commission Final
Decision in Adobe ® Acrobat ® (PDF) format.
The official website for DCED and LBC have many
interesting documents pertaining to the formation of the City of
Adak. I admire the efforts of the residents of Adak to create a new
way of life that springs from the fruits of the cold war era, but
which soon will become a city as genuinely Alaskan as any you can
As I obtain information useful to visitors I will post it
on this website. Obviously, many will want to return to Adak for
the salmon run in August. The caribou herd is alive and well.
Hunting is permitted; you'll need state and tribal permits
depending on where you go. In fact, you'll probably need a tribal
permit just to go hiking. The price and terms change frequently.
It is a bit of a sensitive issue; the citizens of Adak depend on
the caribou for subsistence hunting as it is extremely expensive
to ship food to Adak by air or barge.
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