Above: When you think of extremely dry conditions, California wildfires probably come to mind. But in 2018, some parts of Southeast Alaska were officially declared to be in drought. The region has gotten enough precipitation in the last few years to flood some parts of the country. Still, it’s not nearly enough to sustain a way of life dependent on rain. (Video by Joey Mendolia, reporting by Elizabeth Jenkins)
Rockslides in the mountains south of Anchorage, like one that shut down the Seward Highway on Monday, have occurred more often in the year since a Magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook the region.
As the Arctic warms, one effect magnifies the next, and a way of life is threatened.
The students are still recovering from injuries sustained during the accident, according to an attorney representing one of the plaintiffs.
The planned move is part of a wider effort to centralize dispatch operations, which also involves closing dispatch facilities in Wasilla and Soldotna.
Officials say at least one local bear has done enough damage to warrant an aggressive response.