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  1. The Mayor Erastus Corning 2nd Tower

    Snapshot Title: The Mayor Erastus Corning 2nd Tower
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Empire State Plaza Albany NY
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This 42 story skyscraper was named after the gentleman who held the office of Mayor of Albany for 42 years. It is the tallest building in Albany, and the observation deck on the 42nd floor affords vie...



  2. The New York State Museum

    Snapshot Title: The New York State Museum
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Empire State Plaza Albany NY
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Climb these steps to explore permanent and temporary exhibits that are relevant to the Empire State. When you get done checking out such gems as the fire engines, minerals, fossils and the Adirondack...



  3. The Egg

    Snapshot Title: The Egg
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Empire State Plaza Albany NY
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This unique building houses The Center for the Performing Arts. There are actually 2 theaters within this dome: The Kitty Carlisle Hart Theater and the Lewis A Swyer Theater. You can attend a live pe...



  4. Arctic Sunlight

    Snapshot Title: Arctic Sunlight
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Maniilaq Health Center Kotzebue Alaska November 30 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Kotzebue's location 33 miles above the Arctic Circle doesn't give us 6 months of winter darkness. That only happens at the North and South Poles. On November 30 in Kotzebue, the sun was above the hori...



  5. Alaska transportation

    Snapshot Title: Alaska transportation
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Maniilaq Health Center Kotzebue Alaska November 30 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    There are a lot of cars and truck on the streets of Kotzebue these days, but ATV's and snowmobiles are still popular for everyday commuting.



  6. Maniilaq Health Center

    Snapshot Title: Maniilaq Health Center
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Maniilaq Health Center Kotzebue Alaska November 30 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:



  7. electric truck?

    Snapshot Title: electric truck?
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Maniilaq Health Center Kotzebue Alaska November 30 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    It gets really cold in Kotzebue. It gets so cold that oil turns to greasy sludge in the winter. And so,to start our cars and trucks and even ATV's, we have electric heaters to warm and thin the oil.



  8. granny's house

    Snapshot Title: granny's house
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Family housing for the Maniilaq Health Center



  9. OTZ

    Snapshot Title: OTZ
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The big white building in the center of this snapshot is OTZ, a major supplier of telephone service in the region. If you want to see real-time images of Kotzebue, OTZ has 2 web cams. Webcam#1 looks n...



  10. Post Office

    Snapshot Title: Post Office
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The tan building top center is the US Post Office, Zip Code 99752. Kotzebue and all ten villages in the Northwest Arctic Burough have their own Post Offices, but none of us have home mail delivery. Mo...



  11. Modern communication

    Snapshot Title: Modern communication
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    We stay pretty well connected despite our extreme northern locale. Yes, we have satellite dishes around town. Note that they are all looking almost horizontally. No, we don't really have cell phone se...



  12. Crowley Marine Service Tanks

    Snapshot Title: Crowley Marine Service Tanks
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska Dog Sleds Wind Mills November 2007
    Image Owner: James Farrington



    Description:

    These big white tanks hold petroleum products barged to Kotzebue during the summer when the sea is free of ice.



  13. Windmills

    Snapshot Title: Windmills
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska Dog Sleds Wind Mills November 2007
    Image Owner: James Farrington



    Description:

    Our windmill farm is run by Kotzebue Electric Association, which was the first utility in Alaska to harness wind power. Windmills make a lot of sense in Kotzebue which has a lot of wind but little hyd...



  14. Bering Air

    Snapshot Title: Bering Air
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Kotzbue is isolated from the rest of the world by tundra and water. There are no roads to Kotzebue from anywhere else, and so airplanes are a major part of life here. Bering Air is one of the airline ...



  15. Medivac Hangar

    Snapshot Title: Medivac Hangar
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Kotzebue is about 500 miles north of Anchorage. Although the Maniilaq Health Center has a very good hospital, it is a small facility which lacks specialty services such as surgery and high-risk obstet...



  16. Water Tanks

    Snapshot Title: Water Tanks
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    These two big blue water tanks store water that was pumped down from Devil's Lake.



  17. Tech Center

    Snapshot Title: Tech Center
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The orange roof covers the Alaska Technical Center, fondly called the ATC. Within it walls, young people of the Northwest Arctic Burough learn job skills such as welding, carpentry and typing. The hou...



  18. Schools

    Snapshot Title: Schools
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Here we see the peaked roof of the Kotzebue High School and the rounded roof of the June Nelson Elementary School. Our schools are important community centers and school sports events such as wrestlin...



  19. Kotzebue Fire Hall

    Snapshot Title: Kotzebue Fire Hall
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The red tower on the left and the attached red structure house Kotzebue's fire department.



  20. senior center

    Snapshot Title: senior center
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    There have been some recent changes in Kotzebue. The green building on the left is our new Assisted Living center. The tan building on the right is the Senior Center. The grey building behind the Seni...



  21. Summer transportation

    Snapshot Title: Summer transportation
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Rainbow Bridge, Selawik Alaska November 6, 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Selawik is built on an island and along the banks of the two rivers that surround the island. Two bridges, one crossing each river, unite the town. The Rainbow Bridge connects the island to the west s...



  22. Winter transportation

    Snapshot Title: Winter transportation
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Rainbow Bridge, Selawik Alaska November 6, 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Once Selawik's rivers and lakes freeze, the ATV's and boats get put aside, and snowmobiles become the main form of transportation. There are no cars or trucks or busses here. In case you wonder about ...



  23. Boardwalk

    Snapshot Title: Boardwalk
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Rainbow Bridge, Selawik Alaska November 6, 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Because Selawik itself is built on very boggy ground, building and maintaining a road system is a big problem. The folks of Selawik have found novel solutions to their transportation dilemma. All year...



  24. Christmas snowflakes

    Snapshot Title: Christmas snowflakes
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Rainbow Bridge, Selawik Alaska November 6, 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Christmas decorations are draped across this building. The big lighted snowflakes are up and ready to shine Christmas cheer to family and friends across the river.



  25. Shop

    Snapshot Title: Shop
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Rainbow Bridge, Selawik Alaska November 6, 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    There are some small businesses in Selawik, but the town has no large industry. There is no hotel or shopping mall. You won't see any kind of chain restraurant. Many of residents of Selawik still live...



  26. Selawik Bible Baptist Church

    Snapshot Title: Selawik Bible Baptist Church
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: The Rainbow Bridge, Selawik Alaska November 6, 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The congregation meets here



  27. Crowley Tanks

    Snapshot Title: Crowley Tanks
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    These big white tanks will soon hold over 6 million gallons of petroleum products, all brought here by barges during the summer months when the ocean is free of ice. Although Alaska is famous for oil ...



  28. Homes on stilts

    Snapshot Title: Homes on stilts
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    You might wonder about the stilts beneath this apartment building and many of the other buildings that you see here in Kotzebue. We don't have trouble with high water, as I first thought on my arriva...



  29. Water Pipeline

    Snapshot Title: Water Pipeline
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Kotzebue, which is surrounded by salt water and brackish water, needs fresh, liquid water year-round. The Arctic tundra is frozen most of the year. This pipeline brings water from Devil's Lake into to...



  30. Barges in Kotzebue Sound

    Snapshot Title: Barges in Kotzebue Sound
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Although this snapshot shows 2 barges, this panorama actually captured 3 barges. It was the arrival of the barges that motivated me to get to the hilltop for these photos.

    Large freight can come ...



  31. Cemetery Hill

    Snapshot Title: Cemetery Hill
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The view of Kotzebue from Cemetery Hill is very similiar to this panorama.



  32. fishnet

    Snapshot Title: fishnet
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The round white floats across the water mark a fishnet, which would be catching salmon in July.



  33. Maniilaq Health Center

    Snapshot Title: Maniilaq Health Center
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The big green roof shelters the hospital, ER and outpatient clinics.



  34. Ralph Wein Airport

    Snapshot Title: Ralph Wein Airport
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    There are no roads into Kotzebue from the Outside. But yes... there is a way to get to Kotzebue. Most folks fly in. Or you can go by barge or private boat in the summer. In the winter, beginning in mi...



  35. Out of Season

    Snapshot Title: Out of Season
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kiana Alaska October 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    A boat waiting for breakup.



  36. Fishing jig

    Snapshot Title: Fishing jig
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kiana Alaska October 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Ice fishing for mud sharks in the Kobuk River.



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