"Economically, right now Alaska is the most exciting place to be in the world." Neil Bergt, president of Alaska International Industries
"I can't imageine a worseplace in the world to be than Fairbanks this summer." Lewis J. Gibson, Fairbanks police captain
"Is business good? Wow, fantastic! Just great!" Gari Andreani, Anchorage stockbroker
"I came to get away from California. I just hope California living doesn't chase me up here." Jeff Graham, Alaskan trapper and fisherman
Every day the outlanders come streaming in: lean, ambling riggers from Texas and California, husky bulldozer operators, stubble-bearded, pinch-eyed welders from Chicago...