Dario Levia

Former Proprietor NARL Hotel, Utqiagvik, Alaska

Interview

2009

Dario Levia is a Chilean immigrant who moved to the United States in 1979 to work as a welder in New Orleans and New York. Later, he learned that cleaning toilets in Alaska would pay $18 an hour, so he moved here. From 1982-87 he worked in Prudhoe Bay on the pipeline. He eventually settled in Barrow, now Utqiaġvik and worked for a company that managed a building that was previously a hotel and now serves as a residence for scientists to stay when they come to Utqiaġvik to study. He has been working here for over 10 years and enjoys the solitude and the cold weather. He goes back to Chile to visit his family for several months each year, and his older son sometimes comes to help him during the summer.

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