In any economy, some people can work for their neighbors -- fixing their roads, teaching their kids, selling them gas. But to bring anything in from outside, you need to have something that outsiders need.
Earlier this month, we took a long, 71-mile drive to Teller, the nearest community and the only village accessible by road from Nome. We went to see the Teller Cultural Festival, full of beautiful traditional music and dance. Fog made the return trip dicey.
OPINION: Studying the enforcement of marijuana laws in Alaska is difficult because the state does not yet have a comprehensive criminal justice data platform. But narrowing our focus can shed some light on the issue before voters on Nov. 4.