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Alaska's extreme winter cold has resulted in some evolutionary marvels, like the development of microbes in a moose’s gut that somehow transform frozen twigs into enough energy to sustain a 600-pound creature for seven months.Ned Rozell
The number of sheefish on the Kobuk and Selawik rivers is healthy, as are the fish themselves, scientists are reporting.Jillian Rogers
It is hoped that the Village Safe Water Program will eventually help eliminate dirty sewage lagoons, centralized water transmission lines, and honey buckets -- the 5-gallon buckets still used as toilets by many in the state.Sean Doogan
Last year, Matanuska-Susitna Borough planning commissioners nixed a permit for a contentious construction and demolition debris dump near Palmer. The proposal is back, this time with borough staff backing. Zaz Hollander
Low-bush cranberries and wood frogs can both survive cold air, but each would die in a winter without snow. Temperatures about -12 F is their limit without the protection of a layer of insulation. Ned Rozell
The city of North Pole is suing refinery owner Flint Hills Alaska Resources and previous owner Williams Alaska Petroleum, blaming the companies for releasing hazardous substances, including sulfolane, into the groundwater beneath the refinery.Associated Press
A federal judge on Monday ruled in favor of the Pebble mine project and put a temporary halt on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to protect the salmon-rich Bristol Bay watershed.Lisa Demer
Successful hunting and fishing in the Bering Sea have always depended on weather and ice conditions. But climate change is now disrupting the seasonal patterns and threatening the food sources -- and cultural traditions -- that St. Lawrence Islanders and other Natives have relied on for millennia.Elizabeth Grossman | High Country News
The world’s most acidic ocean waters are found in the winter in the Bering Sea, according to 40 years of measurements. But its acidification appears to be increasing less quickly than that in the rest of the world’s ocean waters.Yereth Rosen
A giant Pacific octopus named Dot laid thousands of eggs this fall at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, but that means her days are numbered. Megan Edge