Wesley Early, Alaska's Energy Desk - Kotzebue

An aerial satelite image showing buildings on the water

Officials work to clean diesel spill at Selawik water treatment plant

According to a release from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the spill originated Nov. 25 at a fuel tank for the village’s water treatment plant.
A snowy road over an icy river

Kivalina emergency access road now open for use

The new road allows villagers to access higher ground as global warming causes their village site to erode.
A white and grey seal on the ice

Feds reject Alaska’s request to delist ringed seals from Endangered Species Act

The state of Alaska partnered with several North Slope entities to write the petition, arguing keeping the ringed seal listed as endangered could negatively impact economic opportunities for the state, as well as subsistence rights.
A glass building with the nana logo in front

Wayne Westlake out as NANA president

Westlake, originally from Kiana, held the position for five years. Bill Monet, who has been head of NANA's largest division since 2012, will fill in as interim president and CEO.
An Alaska Native man with a bolo tie and glaasses

As Utqiagvik cases spike, House candidate says he’s just recovered from COVID-19

“I’m not gonna go and throw under the bus where I think I was exposed to it, but it happened to be that I got exposed to it at home,” Patkotak said
a river with a small town on the oxbow as seen from an airpllane.

Buckland sees large spike of COVID-19 with 11 new cases

All of the cases are currently isolating in Buckland, according to local health officials.
picture of three high school male students playing League of Legends in an eSports lounge at the University of Alaska Anchorage

With fall sports canceled, Northwest Arctic Borough schools look to form eSports teams

ASAA began conducting competitive eSports last year in Alaska schools, and with in-person sports on hold in the Northwest Arctic, now could be their time to join.
A caribou in a swampy area with pondss in the background

Northwest Arctic Borough pushes for restricting outside hunters over COVID-19 concerns

But hunting guides say the risk of COVID-19 exposure is low and the fears are overblown.
The community of Ambler along the Kobuk river as seen from the air

Environmental groups sue Trump administration over approval of Ambler Road

Nine environmental groups are suing the Trump administration for approving the 211-mile Ambler Road project.
The community of Ambler along the Kobuk river as seen from the air

Trump Administration approves road through Gates of the Arctic National Preserve

Aerial view of Ambler and the Kobuk River in the summer. (Courtesy of the National Park Service via UAF Gates of the Arctic Research Portal) The Bureau of...

FCC opens priority access for tribes to get broadband licenses

The new program is designed to get remote tribes more broadband access.

15,000-gallon heating oil spill reported in Kobuk River village of Shungnak

The spill puts the Kobuk River at risk, as well as the village's source of drinking water.

AFN will hold in-person annual convention this year with the theme ‘Good Government, Alaskans Decide’

House Speaker Bryce Edgmon will deliver the keynote address of the first AFN convention to be held since the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation withdrew from the organization.

Northwest Arctic Borough continues effort to fill vacant VPSO positions

Communities say that finding housing is the hardest part of hiring a qualified VPSO.

State offering rent and mortgage relief for Alaskans struggling during COVID-19 pandemic

In an effort to keep Alaskans in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state housing authority is offering assistance with mortgage and rent payments.

Western Alaska just had the toastiest May on record

This year, Western Alaska had its warmest May on record. It was the fourth warmest May for the state as a whole. Certain conditions aren’t as blistering as last year, but maintain the recent trend of a warming Arctic.
A village at the end of a marshs

Kotzebue sees third case of COVID-19 in Northwest Arctic Borough

The person arrived in the community on Monday but their test didn't come back as positive until Thursday.

As Maniilaq details Kotzebue’s first COVID-19 case, city officials worry over enforcing testing

Officials are worried that without the power to force people coming into the community from outside, they may be missing cases of the coronavirus.

Northwest Arctic Borough village resident tests positive for COVID-19 in Anchorage

The borough didn't know whether the patient had spent time in their home village before traveling to Anchorage, where they tested positive.