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By Rebecca Gourley

From the wilds of Alaska, 86-year old woman, recuperates via KVH swing-bed


Rebecca Gourley

Looks can be deceiving: Doris James, described by KVH nurses as “cute and sweet”, lives the adventurous life in Alaska. She and her husband, Bob, live without running water in Alaska.

Even after raising black bear cubs, trapping beavers, and having no running water, Doris James, 86, and her husband Bob, 85, were anxious to get back home. Doris has lived in “the sticks” of Alaska since 1932.

Being described as “cute” and “sweet” by the nurses at Klickitat Valley Health (KVH), this little lady’s looks can be somewhat deceiving. She’s a tough, do-it-herself kind of gal whose chores as a child included setting trap lines for animals across the Alaskan tundra.

Her visit south included a planned hip replacement in Hood River, and then rehabilitation at KVH so she can be close to her family. One of Doris and Bob’s sons, Jesse, lives in Goldendale with his w...

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