10/07/11 - 8:29am
More than 600,000 Alaskans likely noticed a deposit in their bank accounts of $1,174 cut from the state's Permanent Fund yesterday.
But while some residents might have spent that money on a new luxury item, paid bills or stuffed it all away in savings, Soldotna resident Dave Waldal had a different plan for his.
Waldal, 51, used a slice of his Permanent Fund Dividend check to purchase a tank of propane, a hose, and a heater to get him through the winter. The former heavy equipment mechanic said he lives in a tent in the woods.