• Because fewer than 6,000 miles of certified public roads and highways probe Alaska's 570,374 square miles, rivers are especially important. Alaskans' dependence on rivers for in-state travel is critical, particularly for rural residents whose road systems are at best localized and short.

    Ken Marsh
Talkeetna fills with more than 100,000 water-drinking, toilet-flushing tourists and climbers every summer, but locals say they're the ones getting stuck with the bill now that the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is proposing major rate hikes to operate and repair the community's aging sewer-water system. 
Zaz Hollander
The state legislative session continued its run into overtime after a vote was delayed on a state spending plan Sunday.
Becky Bohrer
In recent days, residents of the tiny Interior community of Alatna have been without potable water after a fire damaged their water treatment facility. Governor Bill Walker declared a state disaster for the village Sunday.  
Michelle Theriault Boots
A seriously injured snowmachiner was rescued from mountainous terrain in Thompson Pass on Saturday by a backcountry heli-ski service helicopter and medics from the Valdez Fire Department.
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The Alaska Senate has passed legislation that would authorize financing for a gas project to serve Interior Alaska, without including additional financing authority for other energy projects, as the House version had.
Associated Press
A book that revisits the life of a beloved Alaska sea captain claims Vladimir Putin came to Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, years before his rise to prominence as a political force in Russia. A Russian expert says he's not convinced.  FeaturesAlex DeMarban
Even in Bush Alaska, high schoolers get fancy for the prom. The logistics are a little different -- tuxes have to be flown in from Anchorage, there are no limos here -- but the experience is much the same as the rest of the U.S.Rural AlaskaLisa Demer
The Joseph T. Craig American Legion Post 3 on Ketchikan's Park Avenue has a new look on one of its exterior walls -- a 15-by-20 foot American flag -- that could attract some attention, thanks to a New York-based artist.ArtsMatt Armstrong | Ketchikan Daily News
The mystery of Alaska's Wade Hampton Census Area may be solved, but the controversy is just beginning over the area named for a slave-owning Civil War general who never came to Alaska.Rural AlaskaLisa Demer

News & Politics

Tuxes, high heels and corsages: Bethel prom a community affair

Even in Bush Alaska, high schoolers get fancy for the prom. The logistics are a little different -- tuxes have to be flown in from Anchorage, there are no limos here -- but the experience is much the same as the rest of the U.S.Lisa Demer

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We Alaskans

Because fewer than 6,000 miles of certified public roads and highways probe Alaska's 570,374 square miles, rivers are especially important. Alaskans' dependence on rivers for in-state travel is critical, particularly for rural residents whose road systems are at best localized and short. 
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