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Arkley’s Alaska getaway for sale

Times must be tough!

Eureka developer Rob Arkley is giving up the life of luxury and selling his prized fishing lodge on the banks of Alaska’s Naknek River.

The sprawling property also offers moose, bear and caribou hunting.  Think he ever hosted the Palins?

From the listing:

This is the “Finest” Alaska has to offer.  A play ground for the Rich and Famous.  It has been used in the past years truly as a Rich’s Man Toy.  You can leave in the morning with your private jet anywhere in the USA and be landing in the all weather airport of King Salmon (ILS equipped) and be fishing that afternoon.


The realtor says the $3.2 million price tag is a steal. “One could not even begin to replace it for this price.”

  1. So
    November 24, 2009 at 6:18 am

    The man listed it a while ago, and this is what he does for a living buys and sells property. Is there a story there or more drivel.

  2. A Non A Me
    November 24, 2009 at 6:32 am

    Just all things hate!

  3. 06em
    November 24, 2009 at 6:36 am

    What a lovely site for a Home Depot. Add a museum and some office space. A couple hundred float plane docks. Call it Caribou Center. Or maybe Rich Man’s Toy Center. Think of the jobs that will be created.

  4. Clean Cut McDaddy
    November 24, 2009 at 7:25 am

    You normally try slightly harder to hide your glee… I feel sorry for you, Heraldo. You are filled with such hate. There are places that can help you.

  5. oh yeah!
    November 24, 2009 at 7:36 am

    ….Heraldo is filled with such hate! puh-leeze! Read Rose’s whacko shit lately? Without Heraldo, this county wouldn’t have any news.

    Maybe he’s selling it pay for the full characterization the Coastal Commission is requiring.

    Rock on Heraldo!

  6. A-Nony-Mouse
    November 24, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Tough times for the rich. Even RA’s “luvduks” pickup truck is a couple of years old now. Boo Hoo. Next thing you know he’ll be spotted at McDonalds. Oh, the shame of it all.
    It is a nice lodge, though. Maybe he’ll host a ‘meeting’ for his supporters up there next summer. Try to picture Jeffy hooked up to a 200# halibut. That would be a fight worth watching!

  7. Anonymous
    November 24, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Obsession is more than just a line of perfume.

  8. Anonymous
    November 24, 2009 at 8:08 am


  9. unanonymous
    November 24, 2009 at 8:28 am

    post under innuendo.

  10. Mr. Nice
    November 24, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Damn. My great grandma had better curtains than that. Why is the lampshade the same color as the trim? And wtf, they got the same ugly ass lamps in the lounge? Everything is the same damn color. Did Zsa-zsa Arkley do the decorating? It does have a similar feel to the Arkley Center of weird interior design. The Humboldt Herald reading room is kinna wack too, why do they even show that?

    The house is going to be happy when whoever buys that spot immediately redecorates it.

    Maybe they’ll do one last showing of the Nutcracker on the porch. Invite Larry Glass.

  11. November 24, 2009 at 9:12 am

    A coat of paint on those ugly white walls might move this property faster. Pierson’s has a nice selection.

  12. Anonymous
    November 24, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Everyone around here should be very aware of Arkley’s palette. Let’s start with the gingerbread house with the Starbucks drive-thru, then head over to the Co-op, designed by Ronald McDonald himself.

  13. Prudence
    November 24, 2009 at 9:33 am

    It is definitely a place for dudes to go hunting. Wait a minute. There are gals that hunt, too, like the former Alaskan governor.

    It is just not my style, because I don’t hunt. I do however LOVE the kitchen. Swe-et!

  14. anonymous
    November 24, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Perhaps he needs the money from the sale to buy some maturity, class, diplomacy and anger management classes.

  15. RedHummer
    November 24, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Perhaps Rob will be fishing with us out of the local King Salmon. I know, I’m showing my class envy again.

  16. Anonymous
    November 24, 2009 at 11:14 am

    I think our fishing days are over with MPLA and all.

  17. agent
    November 24, 2009 at 11:42 am

    the planes, fishing gear and boats are not listed. the reason is he has bought another bigger lodge.

  18. Honkey
    November 24, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    The planes a DeHavilland Twin Otters- totally refurbished. The two are probably worth 3.2 mill. between them. Very very nice airplanes-perfect for Alaska.

  19. Anonymous
    November 24, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I heard he hosted Antonin Scalia to this lodge a few years ago. If this is true I bet someone has photos to verify it. Anyone?

  20. Anonymous
    November 24, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    A great place,wish I could go for a hunt. Mr Nice you and the crew are all to transparent. You’d go up there in a heart beat if you could. But that will never happen because you are afraid to work hard and succeed.You are perpetual whiners and losers.

  21. Not A Native
    November 24, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Ques: What does a HumCo slum raised bottom feeder become when it gets a whole lot of money?

    Ans: A HumCo slum raised bottom feeder with a brighter shade of lipstick.

  22. Thunderbird
    November 24, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    The story I heard was that Scalia and Samuel Alito were there and that Clarence Thomas asked for an invite but was turned down.

  23. Mr. Nice
    November 24, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    A great place,wish I could go for a hunt. Mr Nice you and the crew are all to transparent.

    Yo mama doing good up there, she too hard to shoot cuz yo cluckin ass mama so scraggy, she ain’t yo parent, she yo trans-parent.

    Ya non-hating on Arkley fool.

  24. festus
    November 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Why would Arkley turn down Clarence Thomas?

  25. The Monitor
    November 24, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    My heart is saddened by his plight. Life can be a cruel teacher. It will help cleanse the soul. In the end he must face the dark side to see the light.

  26. Count D'Or
    November 24, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I’d make an immediate offer but my hedge fund got caught in a bit of a bind.

  27. Dave Kirby
    November 25, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Heraldo…You should thank Arkley for giving you half your blog. You remind me of Limbaugh who made millions thanks to Bubba Clintons nasty pants behavior. Me thinks thou doest protest too much. You remind me of the atheist who spends more time thinking about god than most Christians.

  28. November 25, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I owe so much to Mr. Arkley and I want to share how much it means to me. Thank you, Dave.

    Rob’s the inspiration

    You know our blog was meant to be
    The kind of blog that lasts forever
    We’ll fight the ville of Arkley
    From tonight until the end of time
    You should know, everywhere I go
    You’re always on my blog, in my draft
    In my soul, Arkley

    You’re the meaning in my blog
    You’re the inspiration
    You bring feeling to my blog
    You’re the inspiration
    Wanna see you freak out
    At Hurricane Kates you go nuts
    No one needs you more than I need you

    And I know, yes I know that it’s plain to see
    My blog gets hits when we’re together
    Now I know you don’t want that brownfield clean
    Baykeeper’s suit just blows your mind
    You should know, everywhere you go
    Always on my blog, in my draft
    In my soul

    (Repeat Chorus)

    Wanna see you freak out
    At Hurricane Kates you go nutz
    No one needs you more than i need you
    You’re the meaning in my blog

    You’re the inspiration
    You bring feeling to my blog
    You’re the inspiration
    When you blog somebody ’til the end of time
    When you blog somebody
    always on my blog
    No one needs you more than I.
    When you blog somebody ’til the end of time
    When you blog somebody
    always on my blog
    I need you…

  29. 2nd Act
    November 25, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building?
    Yes – a building can’t jump at all

    What do you get when you cross a turkey with an octopus?
    Enough drumsticks for Thanksgiving

    How can you make a turkey float?
    You need 2 scoops of ice cream, some root beer, and a turkey

    What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?
    Plymouth Rock

    Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?
    The outside

    Why did they let the turkey join the band?
    Because he had the drumsticks

    Why did the police arrest the turkey?
    They suspected it of fowl play

    What’s the key to a great Thanksgiving dinner?
    The turKEY

    What did the turkey say before it was roasted?
    Boy! I’m stuffed!

  30. A-Nony-Mouse
    November 25, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Not bad. But why did the chicken stand in the middle of the road?
    Because she wanted to lay it on the line!

  31. Big Al
    November 25, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    did ya hear about the man who had his entire left side removed ???

    he’s all right…

  32. A-Nony-Mouse
    November 25, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Thank God I’m an aetheist!!!

  33. A-Nony-Mouse
    November 25, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Or is it, “thank God I’m an Agnostic, I think”?

  34. Da Man
    November 25, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Did you hear about the dyslexic atheist with insomnia? He stayed up all night wondering if there really was a dog.

  35. Anonymous
    November 25, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    If you like it so far, the facility itself is truly 1st Class throughout! The 1st Class kitchen will rival any 5 star hotel. There is a huge dining area overlooking the river and a large bar to swap stories about your “Big” catch.

    This little bit of the description is an English major’s nightmare. The first sentence alone defies standard logic. Wow.

  36. The Monitor
    November 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Wasn’t it Alaska where Mr. A. made his first real killing, money wise, that is. I heard something about buying oil pipeline right-away cheap and selling it to the government at a big profit. Anyone ever hear that story? Fill us in if you know about it.

  37. Big Al
    November 25, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Word is yes it was Alaska, but he bought up bad loans after the first S&L crash, foreclosing his way to his fortune. I got this from my brother in law who knew him there in those days.
    I just mentioned the King Salmon property to him yesterday and he remarked
    “he (Rob) probably just ended up with it”

  38. 421
    November 25, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    why would the government pay big money for a right-of-way when they could just eminent domain it? that story doesn’t make sense.

  39. Folsom
    November 25, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Rob ended up with it by foreclosing on a doctor who couldn’t pay the note. It has been a dollar drain on him ever since but it’s only in the last couple of years that he’s had to think hard about letting it go. Problem is, there aren’t any buyers right now for this type of business. He may lose it the very way he obtained it.

  40. Mike Buettner
    November 25, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    So re-read Folsom’s last post in the character of Verbil Kint in the film Usual Suspects and tell me that isn’t dead on for a Kevin Spacey line.

  41. Anonymous
    November 26, 2009 at 9:35 am

    too funny

  42. Prudence
    November 26, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Thanks for the jokes, bloggers!

  43. Time to get real
    November 28, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Stand back everyone, “Fish On”. Too many lines in the water at the old fish camp.

  44. Anony.Miss
    November 28, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I can tell you (whoever asked) for sure that Alito and Scalia were there with Rob A at the King Salmon Lodge. He has hosted many political people, employees, and friends from Humboldt County as well as other parts of the country there over the past few years. This is the second lodge he has owned, to my knowledge. Tiger Woods went to his previous and more casual lodge (not with Rob) and I think Dan Rather has also been to King Salmon Lodge at some time.

    I don’t know much today but I do know those things…Happy Thanksgiving.

  45. Anony.Miss
    November 29, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Oh yeah, and Lou Gerstner too, a guest of R’s.

  46. Outsider
    February 7, 2010 at 12:11 am

    I’ve known this property and its affiliates for a for about 2 decades now. I would like to shed some out side light on the matter with no political influence or judgments coming from me, just good plane facts that could answer some of the above questions and lay to rest some of the speculations.
    This lodge was previously owned and built by the Cusack family of Anchorage AK. It hosted many great people of all statures. From Political figure heads, well known Actors, and sports heroes, to the average joe whos life long dream was to fish the abundant waters of the last wild frontier. It was also a popular spot for fortune 500 companies to conduct ice breaking meetings and provide perks to there staff. I can personally attest to the clout of fame that this lodge held threw the late 80s and 90’s as the #1 rated fishing destination AK. You never knew who you would be rubbing shoulders with when you booked a trip to Mike Cusacks King Salmon Lodge. How ever, in the early 2000’s the lodge took a down ward turn due to the personal decisions made and finical constraints of its owner. In the spring of 2004 it was repossessed buy the bank for monies borrowed aggenced the property.
    Naturally, SN servicing corp, Anchorage AK branch, serviced the note, at around 1.2 mil. The lodge at the time of the loan was worth around 2.5- 3 mil. How ever after being ran into the ground for a number of years it was going to take about 1.5 to bring it back to the full luster of yester year. Rob did this by holding the deed to the property and putting the money into it to bring it back (on the outside).
    What wasn’t included with this change of hands in ownership was the manual to running a successful fishing lodge in AK or the books containing the past booking history. Due to the down turn in service seen in the last years under the Cusacks, the lodge had procured a bad rap in the fishing lodge grape vine for false testament of service and failure to perduce what once was.
    There where allot of eyes in the bushes waiting to see what the (new) King Salmon Lodge would hold. With 5 star services, unmatched fishing and character, setting the presence of its future.
    Many big names came after the change of hands but few returned for another stay in the past 6 years. It also opened the doors for other lodges to step up to the plate and claim top spot for 5 star accommodations and unmet fishing knowledge.
    Any one with the money can build a brassy lodge in the land where the fishing is unmatched and any idiot with an plane and a rod can catch a trophy. It takes alot of time, passion, honesty, sincerity and loyalty to the public to make a business like this one take off and soar above all the rest. What you have here is not (a rich mans toy) as stated above, it is a life style. One that should only be embarked upon by some one who is ready to give full personal attentiveness, creativity, and heart to it. Then you will succeed in this endeavor. Other wise it is a money pit, a tax write off, for 5 maybe 6 years, if you have a good book keepers.

    Cheers to all,

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