Learn to spell ‘Chakachamna’

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Recent letters opposing Pac-Rim Coal mentioned alternative sources for the power needed to light our lives and industry. All Alaskans need to combine our efforts to meet that goal. The state of Alaska has produced a list of possible Southcentral hydroelectric sites and their potential power production.

There is a high mountain glacial fed lake named Chakachamna listed with a potential of 366 megawatts. Another lake, the Kenibuna, which drains into the Chakachamna from the south, has a problem.

The Kenibuna straddles the Lake Clark Wilderness boundary and its waters would rise with those of the Chakachamna if a dam was to be built. Is it the intent of our national leaders to burden us with high cost energy be it monetary or environmental cost. When a clearly viable alternative source exits to efficiently meet our needs

Learn to spell it — Chakachamna — and write and call your local and state officials and teach them how to spell it, too.

Dennis Barnard


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