From the April 2014 magazine.

No Roads to Bethel

A GSR stays sober airlifting Big Books for a remote Alaska town

I got sober in the mid-1980s, in Anchorage, Alaska, an urban community of around 250,000 with many meetings at all times of the day and all days of the week. After several years of sobriety, I completed my college degree and became the GSR for my home group. I applied for a better job, got hired, and moved to Bethel, a small, remote community located about 400 air miles west of Anchorage. Back in the 1990s, Bethel had a population of about 5000. To this day, there are still no roads to Bethel. It’s accessible only by air, except for the summer months when barges loaded with goods can...

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Anchorage, Alaska