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Title: Welcome to McQueen School

Ambler School Grizzlies
Ambler, Alaska
Table of Contents
  • Where is Ambler? How do I get there?
  • Where will I live?
  • What Services are in the Community?
  • What is the Community Like?
  • What is Ambler School Like?
  • Welcome to Ambler School and Ambler Village!

Where is Ambler?
  • Ambler is located in the Northwest Arctic
    Borough at the confluence of the Ambler and Kobuk
    Rivers. It is approximately 135 miles Northeast
    of Kotzebue, accessible only by air.

How do I get There?
  • The most common mode of travel to Ambler is by
    small aircraft. There are several local carriers
    (including Bering Air, Cape Smythe Air,
    Warbelows Air, and Hageland Air).

Travel Around the Village and to Nearby Villages
  • Some individuals use four-wheelers (also known
    as Hondas), snow machines (also known as
    sno-gos), and boats to travel to neighboring
    villages. There are no roads connecting Ambler to
    other communities.

Moving to Ambler
  • When mailing your items to Ambler for the first
    time, it is a good idea to send them priority
    mail and barcode every box. It will take 2 or 3
    weeks to be delivered.
  • Be sure to write New Teacher on all of your
    boxes. The school mailing address is PO Box 109
    Ambler, Alaska / 99786
  • Be sure to insure all packages.
  • Alcohol is prohibited.
  • Be sure to label packages that have special
    requirements, such as fragile and freeze.
  • Be sure to check size limits for mailing with the
    US Post Office in Ambler. Remember that all items
    coming into and out of the village come by small
    plane (with the exception of large equipment
    which is barged in during summer).

Household Necessities (to get started)
  • Kitchen Cookware (including frying pan, baking
    pan, and cooking pot), utensils, cups, glasses,
    plates, dish soap
  • Bathroom Washcloths, Towels, Toilet Paper, Soap,
    and Shampoo
  • Bedroom Sheets, Blankets, Pillows

Helpful Contact Information
  • Banking?
  • Telephone?
  • Groceries?
  • DMV?
  • Travel?
  • Veternarian?

  • Banking-There is no bank in Ambler. The nearest
    bank is Wells Fargo in Kotzebue. While it is
    possible to set up banking services online at
    www.wellsfargo.com, it is suggested that persons
    wait until they arrive in Kotzebue to set up
    their accounts.

To set up telephone service at your new home,
contact OTZ Telephone in Kotzebue. You may have
to wait a few days for a technician to come to
your house. Please be patient.
Food Shopping
  • Groceries-The Ambler Native Store has many staple
    items. Boxed milk is about 4.00 a carton. Potato
    Chips run about 7.00 for a large bag. Shopping
    needs can also be done while in Kotzebue at
    either AC Store, Hansons Store, or Rotmans
    Store. Most teachers have their foods shipped in
    bulk quantities to the village from distributors
    in Anchorage and Seattle. Such distributors
    include SPAN Alaska (Seattle), Walmart Bush
    (Anchorage), and Fred Meyer (Anchorage) See
    letter from individual mentors
  • SPAN Alaska 1.800.367.9833 or online at
  • Walmart Bush in Anchorage or online at

Drivers License
  • DMV-There is no Department of Motor Vehicles in
    Ambler. To obtain an Alaskan Drivers License it
    is recommended that you do so upon arrival in
    Fairbanks or Anchorage. DMVs in these cities are
    open for extended hours. The Kotzebue DMV is open
    on half days. If you choose to wait until your
    arrival in Kotzebue to obtain a AKDL, the new
    hire inservice is an excellent opportunity.

Travel-Several small carriers fly from Ambler to
Kotzebue, via Shungnak and Kobuk Villages or
Fairbanks. These carriers include Hageland, Cape
Smythe, Warbelows Air, and Bering Air. The main
offices for each of these air carriers are in
Kotzebue. In order to travel from Kotzebue to
Anchorage or Fairbanks, you must contact Alaska
Air at www.alaskaair.com or call their toll free
  • Vet-Since pets are allowed in teacher housing,
    veterinarian needs are often a concern. There is
    no vet in the village. The nearest vet is in Nome
    at Nome Veterinary Hospital. Many pet medications
    may be ordered online.

Typical Arctic Gear
  • Be sure to bring clothes suitable for the
    weather. Remember that temperatures can dip to
    50 below zero. There are several outfitters who
    have knowledge of this environment and the proper
    gear required. These outfitters include Army and
    Navy (Anchorage), Sixth Avenue Outfitters
    (Anchorage), Northern Outfitters (Anchorage) and
    Big Rays (Fairbanks). We also recommend

Map of Ambler
Teacher Housing
  • Village housing is rented by the District. In
    2004, new housing units will be available for

Ambler Teacher Housing
Ambler Teacher Housing
Community Services
  • Several Stores (3)
  • Kobuk River Lodge (Restaurant and Lodge)
  • US Post Office
  • Village Clinic operated by Maniilaq Association
  • City Office mayor/council form of government
  • A volunteer fire department
  • School
  • Baptist and Friends Churches
  • Water Facility More than ¾ of the village has
    running water.

Ambler Native Store
  • You can find milk, eggs, bread, and most of your
    daily staples here at ABL Native Store. The store
    is located in the center of the village.

Kobuk River Lodge and Restaurant
  • Ambler is the only village in the NW Arctic
    Borough (outside of Kotzebue) to have a fully
    operational, year-round lodge and restaurant. The
    restaurant specializes in gourmet meals.

US Post Office
  • Teachers must go to the post office to pick up
    their mail.

  • The Ambler Clinic staff works in conjunction
    with Manilliaq Hospital in Kotzebue to bring
    health care services to the village. The new
    clinic was completed in 2003.

City Office
  • Ambler has two denominations. Each group holds
    regular services weekly.
  • Friends Church (Quaker)
  • Baptist

  • Ambler is a traditional Iñupiat Eskimo village.
  • Most villagers participate in subsistence
    activities, including
  • Caribou and other large game hunting, fishing and
    icefishing, dogmushing, and berry picking.

What is the Community Like?
  • The population is currently about 300.
  • Amblers economy is based primarily on
    subsistence activities. The school district,
    city, village council, airlines, local stores,
    Red Dog Mine, and Maniilaq Association provide
    year-round jobs. The Native craft industry has
    recently expanded local carvings and jewelry
    have become a great boon to the community's

Maniilaq Association Website
Photos of the Villages
Planes at Ambler Airport
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Welcome to Ambler School
Ambler School is warm and friendly, Penny
Ramos, Primary Teacher
Outside of the School
  • Ambler School offers Early Childhood through 12
    grade. There are 9 certified staff members and 12
    classified staff members. There is one special
    education room, a teachers resource room, a
    kitchen, a library / gymnasium, an upstairs
    school storage room, an outside playground area,
    and a school maintenance building.

Inside the School
  • Six classrooms comprise the Elementary Wing at
    Ambler School.
  • Middle School and High School students share four

School Activities
  • Century 21 Tutoring
  • Gear Up
  • Seasonal Programs

School Sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Native Youth Olympics

Ambler Volleyball Team
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