LOST TOO SOON: Whalebones mark the cemetery located outside Savoonga. Many crosses bear names of teenagers and young adults.And there’s more: winter with its icy temperatures, dog mushing, and the Iditarod (a 1,150-mile sled-dog race through Alaska’s wilderness). Days when the sun barely rises; and days when the sun never sets. Wildlife abounds: whales, walrus, formidable grizzlies, and also moose—a possible 1,300-pound deterrent to leaving for work because one stands between your front door and your car.
ADVENTIST CHURCH MEMBERS:Clement and Irma Ungott.Life here, however, is also harsh. Frigid, below-zero temperatures and snow inundate the towns in winter, when snow machines are the common mode of travel. A polar bear skin thrown across a porch railing is evidence of danger in the outdoors. The isolation makes it difficult to get supplies to the island, resulting in a high cost of living. For dental or medical appointments or even the delivery of a baby, resi- dents must schedule a flight to Nome or Anchorage.
LIFE IN ALASKA: A polar bear skin and bleached whale bones are interesting contrasts to life in the lower United States.For Irma there is no place like St. Lawrence Island. “I love my home,” she said. “I never want to go away, even to Nome.”