Alaska

The fire season by the numbers
The fire season by the numbers
Fire agencies are preparing for the eclipse hordes, in the midst of a large fire season.
A young hunter moves past death threats from afar
A young hunter moves past death threats from afar
The Apassingok family reflects on a formative kill of a whale and the social-media backlash.
What caused mass die-offs of sea lion pups?
What caused mass die-offs of sea lion pups?
The effects of warming ocean waters are rippling through marine ecosystems.
Zinke threatens to withhold energy development over health care vote
Zinke threatens to withhold energy development over health care vote
Murkowski’s vote against the Republican health care bill could cost the state.
The Anthropocene: Our self-inflicted wound
The Anthropocene: Our self-inflicted wound
On getting past fear and toward a philosophy more useful.
In remote Alaska, subsistence hunting helps villagers survive
In remote Alaska, subsistence hunting helps villagers survive
Photos from Gambell, Alaska, help illustrate a different way of life.
We can still ease back from worst-case climate scenarios
We can still ease back from worst-case climate scenarios
A colossal iceberg breaks off Antarctica, foreshadowing a daunting future climate.
The teenage whaler’s tale
The teenage whaler’s tale
Internet death threats hound a young Alaskan after a successful hunt.
West Obsessed: Forging a path through Alaska’s wilderness
West Obsessed: Forging a path through Alaska’s wilderness
High Country News discusses how the Frontier State might diversify its economy.
Could the lure of trails salvage Alaska’s economy?
Could the lure of trails salvage Alaska’s economy?
A trail along the Trans-Alaska pipeline could be the start of a booming recreation economy.
See the bay ‘where water is gold’
See the bay ‘where water is gold’
Photos by Carl Johnson illustrate the cost of building the Pebble Mine in Alaska.
How to make money off ‘the Big One’
How to make money off ‘the Big One’
Can an imminent disaster be a tourist draw for Anchorage?
Latest: Settlement resurrects Alaska’s Pebble Mine
Latest: Settlement resurrects Alaska’s Pebble Mine
Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the project must pass muster for salmon.
The monkey on art’s back; Bigfoot in Idaho; Tent City’s second life
The monkey on art’s back; Bigfoot in Idaho; Tent City’s second life
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The rural programs threatened by Trump’s budget
The rural programs threatened by Trump’s budget
The rural West may have helped elect Trump, but his vision leaves them behind.
 ‘Look for something white’
‘Look for something white’
Discovering the North through its most iconic birds.
The climate fight isn’t just about facts
The climate fight isn’t just about facts
We should be talking about values and the kind of world we want.
Latest: Another attempt to open Arctic drilling
Latest: Another attempt to open Arctic drilling
The legislation is Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s ninth such try.
Showcasing Alaska’s Inupiat culture through gaming
Showcasing Alaska’s Inupiat culture through gaming
Few Inupiat youth are fluent in their native language, but a new game’s popularity could keep the culture alive.
What’s in a name? An Alaska town finds out.
What’s in a name? An Alaska town finds out.
The city of Barrow sheds its conquest-era name for one from Iñupiaq culture: Utqiaġvik.
Obama’s rush to the end
Obama’s rush to the end
Keeping track of rulemaking, policy decisions and other last actions before the Trump administration’s inauguration.
Alaska’s gas pipeline dreams
Alaska’s gas pipeline dreams
A decades-long plan to deliver the state’s gas reserves to the market remains in purgatory.
Clearcutting the Tongass National Forest is dead wrong
Clearcutting the Tongass National Forest is dead wrong
To avert the worst climate change impacts, old forests and their massive carbon reserves must be protected.