Category Archives: Life in Yakutat

What it is like to live year ’round in this VERY small community.

Yakutat Land Sale Update

OK…  The Borough Manager wanted me to update everyone on the status…  The Borough Assembly had a work session this week to fix some issues regarding the new land sale.  This applies to the posting:

Yakutat Land for Sale

As I mentioned in the original posting,  one of the nine lots was donated to the local Humane Society that went out of business.  The city has taken this one off the table for now,  until they can reincorporate the HS and give the property back to the city.

There are two lots up around Post Office Lake that will be available “over-the-counter” at the city office,  but apparently the assembly has to approve a new ordinance for just these two lots.  Hopefully that will happen soon.  They have road access,  but not utilities and you’d have to bare the cost of hooking up to city water and sewer and AVEC power.

Then there are 6 lots down in the “Old Village” area…  Originally the city did not intend to put in road access or utilities,  but at the work session,  the assembly decided to pay the cost of putting in all these things and rolling those costs into the sale price.  Otherwise,  these lots really wouldn’t have had much value to anyone except for the people with adjacent property as a way of expanding the size of their existing lot.  Now,  they will all be buildable and usable by anyone,  thus more valuable.

And the city is rewriting the ordinances to be clear the city can and will finance the purchase of the land as well as the utility services cost.  The rate is 8%,  so a bank loan is probably going to be cheaper,  but the city financing doesn’t require any down payment,  or any significant credit check.  Heck,  if you have bad credit and default,  the city takes the land back,  sells it to someone else and keeps what you paid into it.  Pretty low-risk for the city…  But allows anyone to be able to afford a land purchase regardless of credit history,  age and anything else that could be an obstacle for getting a bank loan.

Who wants to be a real estate tycoon in the World’s Largest City (by area)?


And… We have MORE Land For Sale!

Back in November,  the City put 9 land lots up for sale and I managed to forget to post the info.  Sorry.  Looks like all of them are still for sale,  so no harm,  no foul.  These are now available “over the counter” at the city offices,  so anyone can just put up the money and they are yours.  Or get the city to finance it at 8% interest…

Prices range from $5,700 to $28,300 depending on size and how far away from the road they are.  6 of the lots do NOT have direct road access (although there is a road on the plat that the city does NOT intend to put in).  Here is the map of the lots.  They are up on Ridge Road,  which is the road between the two churches…

2017 Land Sale Map

If you drive up Ridge Road,  you can see the city water tank on the right edge of the picture,  so you can know where the lots are located…

And here is the full document packet:

2017 Land Sale Packet

Yakutat Land for Sale

At the last Assembly Meeting,  the Assembly voted to approve an ordinance to release some of the city’s land holdings for sale.  They have 9 lots available right now,  although one is going to be tied up for a bit while they clear up the title.  It was donated to the local Humane Society,  but the HS is now defunct and no longer in existence.  So they need to recreate it,  to release the land and then go defunct again…

Here is the ordinance,  which shows prices,  locations and the terms for having the city finance it for you…

CBY land sale 01-18-2019

If you remember last year,  the State of AK Mental Health Trust put up 5 lots near Glacier Bear.  As far as I know,  they all sold.  Mental Health is considering putting in a road to access more of their lots,  then putting them up for sale as well.  We could be in for a little land sale boom in 2018.

If you have an interest in owning your own little slice of paradise,  call the city for details…

Tsunami and Earthquake Update

Good morning everyone!  Hope all is well with you.  Most people in Yakutat are a little groggy this morning,  since this was a real tsunami warning and we actually did what we were supposed to!  People went door-to-door and evacuated to the school and/or higher ground.

Apparently one of the ocean buoys rose 33 feet during the quake,  so a real tsunami was expected.  Nothing much hit here,  but Yakutat actually prepared for the worst.  Listening to one of the reports after the fact this morning,  they were recommending all coastal communities evacuate to at least 100 feet above sea level.  That’s kind of hard to do in Yakutat,  since you’d have to be at the top of the moraine up against the mountains to do that.  Even 9 Mile Bridge is only about 60 feet,  let alone the airport at only about 20 feet…

But all is OK here.  No damage.  An absolutely gorgeous sunny morning with between 4 and 6 inches of fresh snow covering everything.

Rocking and Rolling in the Hangar Tonight

Yet another good earthquake under our belts.  This one rocked and swayed us for more than 2 minutes.  According to the USGS site,  it was located out in the ocean 10 km under the ocean floor about 200 km southeast of Kodiak Island.  This is a LONG way away for us to feel it like that,  but it was an 8.2!


Currently under a tsunami warning from California through the Aleutians,  as well as Hawaii.  According to the tsunami forecast,  e should see our swell here at 2:05am,  so in another 50 minutes from my typing.  Oh,  they just downgraded it to a 7.9.

Here is the Tsunami warning info:



And it is snowing heavy right now.  Gotta be up for the ACE mail flight in two hours,  but thought I’d let you know we’re all still alive at the moment…


I hope this finds everyone well and you feel as sickly bloated as I do…  I didn’t need the third slice of pie,  but I’m going to refrain from posting that video of the exploding whale from a few years back.  Why do I always do this???  You’d think I’d learn,  especially after having my stomach “pop” two months ago…


Unless you count garlic-stuffed olives,  why waste space on the plate (or table) with veggies?


We prepped for our nice quiet Thanksgiving by watching John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in the Quiet Man.  I sure hope I’m not labeled a sexist pig for forcing my wife and children to watch such a horrible film as this…  Or…  they were watching it while I was slaving away in the kitchen and had to keep running into the office to watch the best parts.  Parts like these:

One of the all-time greatest movies!

After dinner,  we had our pie and played a couple games of Pinochle,  until the bickering exceeded all of our patience.  Teen and I won both games…  That doesn’t happen very often anymore.

We are up to about a foot of snow now.  DOT had the holiday off,  so we won’t be seeing the ACE mail plane in the morning.  Too much snow for the plane to land at 4am.  Two days in a row to sleep in!  That doesn’t happen very often either.


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

And we have s much to be thankful for this year.  For starters,  we’re all alive…  Not something I’ll be taking for granted any time soon…

It is a quiet day here,  with the fly shop closed,  5 inches of fresh snow on the ramp and runways with snow falling right now.  I don’t think we’ll be seeing any planes today,  with Alaska Airlines and ACE Air Cargo flights cancelled for the holiday.  Just the 4 of us spending a nice day and evening together.

I hope all of you are warm,  safe and healthy too.  The turkey is baking,  just finished the final touches on dessert and will start on the horseradish sauce for the potatoes shortly.  Teen is cheating on the rolls,  so the bread machine is doing the work there…


Last night’s snow unplowed on the ramp outside my office window, with the small airport snowpile in the middle and Alaska Air terminal in the distance

Misty-foggy here in Yakutat,  with light snow falling and no wind.  Just a picture-perfect day.  Take care and we’ll see you after seconds and a nap or two…


Making the fudge topping for the peanut butter cheesecake – a Miller Family tradition



Finished product – about 12,000 calories for those counting at home…  🙂



Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving from the Millers and we hope you eat yourselves into a coma like we will be…