Alaska

A family works together to fill the freezer for another year
A family works together to fill the freezer for another year
In Alaska, a fall moose hunt is a collective effort.
Trump tried to open Alaska lands to resource development — what will Biden do?
Trump tried to open Alaska lands to resource development — what will Biden do?
The Bureau of Land Management is taking comments on whether it should open about 28 million acres to oil, gas and mineral extraction.
Races to watch throughout the West
Races to watch throughout the West
The midterm elections promise to be a referendum on Joe Biden — and Donald Trump.
Local priorities and USDA funding strategies meet up in Southeast Alaska
Local priorities and USDA funding strategies meet up in Southeast Alaska
The Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy shifts how the federal government finances the region’s rural development projects.
A Q&A with Mary Peltola, Alaska’s new House Rep
A Q&A with Mary Peltola, Alaska’s new House Rep
HCN caught up with the Democrat and first Alaska Native person in Congress to talk about balancing development and environmental protection.
More shrubs means way more moose in western Alaska
More shrubs means way more moose in western Alaska
Climate change is causing ecosystem shifts, and the cascading effects impact animals and hunters.
Alaska environmentalists disappointed by Inflation Reduction Act compromise
Alaska environmentalists disappointed by Inflation Reduction Act compromise
The bill includes historic investments in climate programs — and expands oil and gas leasing in Alaska’s Cook Inlet.
Record rainfall, bears and French toast at Anchorage’s new city-sanctioned homeless encampment
Record rainfall, bears and French toast at Anchorage’s new city-sanctioned homeless encampment
A network of mutual aid organizers provides meals and supplies for people experiencing homelessness.
Alaska’s Willow Project promises huge amounts of oil — and huge environmental impacts
Alaska’s Willow Project promises huge amounts of oil — and huge environmental impacts
Residents in nearby Nuiqsut worry that oil and gas development is ‘too fast and too much.’
As waters warm, Alaska experiences salmon booms and busts
As waters warm, Alaska experiences salmon booms and busts
Chaotic salmon returns leave some Alaskans with an abundance of salmon, and others with none.
In Alaska, coal is dwindling as green energy is on the rise
In Alaska, coal is dwindling as green energy is on the rise
The closure of Healy Unit 2 signals a rise in renewable energy projects around Alaska.
Alaska’s fire season is off to a blazing start
Alaska’s fire season is off to a blazing start
Drought, heat and thunderstorms have started fires across the state.
Alaska land sale kicks off the state’s ambitious new agricultural project
Alaska land sale kicks off the state’s ambitious new agricultural project
The Nenana Totchaket Agricultural Project aims to fight food insecurity in the state but could interfere with local trappers’ ability to gather food.
How cooking, eating and harvesting beach greens ties a family together
How cooking, eating and harvesting beach greens ties a family together
An Inupiaq writer remembers her family roots through a favorite dish.
See the Western conservation projects getting Infrastructure Act money this year
See the Western conservation projects getting Infrastructure Act money this year
Approximately $68 million will be delivered to more than 100 projects across the country — many of which are based in the West.
How place names impact the way we see landscape
How place names impact the way we see landscape
Western landscapes and their names are stratified with personal memories, ancestral teachings, mythic events and colonial disturbances.
How the economy of Indian Country impacts local communities
How the economy of Indian Country impacts local communities
A ‘stealth’ economy for tribes often hides billions of dollars in jobs, growth and revenue.
How the Earth stores records of the past
How the Earth stores records of the past
When human data doesn’t go back far enough, researchers turn to natural archives.
Whales and fishers compete for what’s on the line
Whales and fishers compete for what’s on the line
Whales are eating catches right off the hook instead of foraging naturally, and some fishing crews react violently.
The far-reaching consequences of woodsmoke pollution
The far-reaching consequences of woodsmoke pollution
Wood burning stoves raise public health and environmental justice concerns.
A new tundra, engineered by beavers
A new tundra, engineered by beavers
Once nonexistent in northwest Alaska, beavers are both benefiting from and changing a warming tundra.
Rekindling connections in the small flame of a qulliq
Rekindling connections in the small flame of a qulliq
An Inupiaq writer welcomes the nourishing glow of a seal oil lamp into her home.
Conservation groups should be able to lease land to protect it
Conservation groups should be able to lease land to protect it
‘Use it or lose it’ rules can bias public-land management in favor of extraction.
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