Alaskans cherish the state's image of wild purity in a landscape so vast it can sometimes seem barely touched by people. But the roughly 600 military installations across Alaska tell a different story, in polluted sites that were never fully cleaned up, and the related health problems that have lingered and festered.Kirk Johnson | The New York Times
The hundreds of wealthy conservatives gathered Saturday afternoon on the grand lawn of the St. Regis Monarch Beach had already poured millions into helping build a network of nonprofits that is now one of the most potent forces in American politics. But Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist who leads their effort, wants them to do more. Matea Gold and James Hohmann | Washington Post
Despite challenges -- including short growing seasons and even, in some cases, 24-hour sunlight -- gardeners across Alaska's Arctic are successfully growing their own food.Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder
On Monday, Alaska’s senators will get a chance to stake out a position on whether the federal government should be funding Planned Parenthood. But the vote sets the stage for a budget battle in September. Erica Martinson
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy is the only Coast Guard ship that sails to the Arctic regularly, so it’s an invaluable resource for scientists conducting research of all kinds, from testing polar defense technology to learning about climate. Meet some of the people who turn this 16-ton science lab into the nation's most remote, self-sustaining city.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy is a uniquely significant resource for the nation; it's the only vessel that provides a platform for Arctic research -- research that helps guide U.S. policies in the rapidly changing region. Research performed from the ship can help shape decisions about national security, climate change and maritime traffic. Here's what life aboard the vessel is like.