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Marjorie Tahbone - Nome

Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:10:34 AM AKST   Updated On: Oct 28 2013 03:56:08 PM AKDT

One of the things that our panelists all seem to have in common is a connection to the land that surrounds their homes, especially the beauty of Alaska. That is also true for Marjorie Tahbone, who lives at the end of the Iditarod Nome.

Marjorie Tahbone -- or “Marge” as some of her friends call her -- was born and raised in Nome. As a self-described “outdoorsy girl” she is most comfortable in wide open spaces. She says she loves Nome because she is able to drive out to the family’s fish camp and live off of the land.

While she doesn’t like to complain because someone always has it a little harder, Nome does have some downsides. She says the high cost of living is a challenge to living in Nome.

“My co-worker has a family of four and a husband and she spends $2,500 dollars a month on food,” Tahbone said. “I was just appalled because I go through a measly $500-$600 a month with food. Holy cow I just couldn’t believe it.”

She doesn’t enjoy the Iditarod as much as she used to when she was younger, when she and her brothers would collect the dog’s booties as the mushers pulled into Front Street.

“We were so proud to collect those dog booties from the Iditarod dog mushers because they were so mysterious to us as kids,” she said. Tahbone works for the Kawerak regional corporation as a wellness coordinator. Tahbone is happy to be giving back to her community that has shown her so much support, even throwing a community potluck for her before she left for college at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

She said by participating in the One Alaska program she hopes to gain knowledge of other places around the state and hear what other people think about other parts of Alaska.