Environment

The Semisopochnoi Volcano in the Aleutian Islands has been especially active in the last few days, prompting the U.S. Geological Survey to upgrade its aviation code to yellow and its alert level to "advisory."Megan Edge
The Native Village of Point Hope, a tribal government that has for years been a staunch opponent of Arctic offshore oil development, is withdrawing from a 2008 lawsuit that sought to block or overturn the U.S. Mineral Management Service’s Chukchi Sea lease sale held that year.Yereth Rosen and Dermot Cole
House Speaker Mike Chenault wants to order the federal government to transfer upward of 166 million acres of federal lands to state ownership on or before Jan. 1, 2017, but legislative attorneys said, "The bill is unconstitutional." Dermot Cole
Gov. Bill Walker has made a second try at filling a vacant seat on the Alaska Board of Fisheries, this time picking the director of a conservation group for a position traditionally held by members sympathetic to sportfishing interests. Nathaniel Herz
Alaska's warm winter weather might mean an earlier fire season along with trouble for trees and snowmelt-fed streams, but it should be good times for moose. Yereth Rosen

This is the third season in Antarctica for Rosemary McGuire of Haines, and she's become something of a Ms. Fix-It -- one day patching the Zodiac’s rubber skin, the next maintaining motors and electronics, the next piloting scientists to locations where they're studying penguins and whales out to collect data. Few scientists  know much about driving the boats, so she's particularly valuable.

Since 1990, state and federal governments have poured about $1.9 billion into construction of water and sewer systems in rural Alaska. Hooper Bay is one village that is benefiting -- slowly.Lisa Demer
In villages without running water, people live day to day almost like they are camping. And the health implications are serious. Lisa Demer
The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to permanently protect 675,000 acres from possible mining within the Fortymile Mining District in Alaska's eastern Interior.Sean Doogan
Republican legislators have proposed a new, broad-based fuel tax to prop up the state’s oil spill program, which is in the red after years of falling revenues from a surcharge on North Slope oil. Nathaniel Herz