BOOK REVIEW - ALASKANA

Tangen, J. P., edit, d (2), Part 2 - A Report to the People of Alaska on the Land Promises Made in ANILCA, 20 Years Later... Alaska Minersí Association. Softbound, 95 pp photo illus. $8.95

In Ď98 miners were respected as a glamorous, romantic lot, celebrated in stories and poems. Today they seem to get no respect.

Instead of admiring the dogged prospector, trudging through the cold with his faithful dog, putting up with hardships in his dream of riches from the earth, today people are more apt to look at the disturbed earth and demand he put it back where he got it and donít use any cyanide.

This little book is an effort by the miners of Alaska to fight back. The specific target is the ANILCA, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, signed into law in 1980. The miners lay out their charges of broken promises, of access denied and federal agencies conspring with environmentalists to lock up Alaska.

Itís good stuff to give the troops, but unfortunately time has marched on and while people still want their gold bracelets and silver chains, they also donít want the environment devastated.

Compromises can be made, but a good polemic passes over them, and this is a good polemic. The photographs illustrate the text well, although we could have wished for sharper images and a larger size.

If you are an environmentalist you will be cheered by the fury expressed against the effective Outside extremists (Alaska obviously contains no one concerned about mining, logging, or general resource extraction) but this is worth reading for the case studies and our congressional delegationís involvement in them.

If you decry the lock-up of the state, you will find this a most satisfying read.

Order from the Alaska Minersí Association, 3305 Arctic Blvd. #202, Anchorage, Alaska 99516, or e-mail sborell@alaska.net or phone 907/563-9229.

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