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A mining company hoping to turn a large graphite deposit on the Seward Peninsula into the country’s only large-scale graphite mine met with residents in Teller this week to discuss its findings and hear from the locals who would live closest to any potential mine.

Matthew F. Smith / KNOM
Bethel's new pool reopened at noon Saturday, its filter system fixed and volunteers conducting fire watch.Lisa Demer
A long-term fix for the fire-suppression sprinkler system at Bethel’s much anticipated swimming pool has been identified, and repairs should be underway by early December, the city announced Friday afternoon.Lisa Demer
The U.S. Postal Service says dozens of post offices across Alaska face potentially reduced hours of operations beginning in January.Francesca Fenzi | KNOM
Shungnak School’s motto “It’s a ‘We’” was put to the test when the Arctic Alaska village’s water system froze, leaving the community of around 260 people high and dry.Jillian Rogers | The Arctic Sounder
A new report suggests prioritizing law enforcement, funding Alaska's tribal courts and subsistence rights as possible remedies to high rates of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.Laurel Andrews
Bethel’s new pool and fitness center will open Tuesday for the first time since the Nov. 1 grand opening, the pool manager announced on Facebook. Volunteers were trained over the weekend and on Monday for fire watch duty.Lisa Demer
A proposal to open up membership in a Western Alaska regional Native corporation to children and grandchildren of shareholders is raising questions about what it would mean for one of the poorest parts of the state.Lisa Demer
The lights -- and freezers -- came back on Friday night in the Western Alaska village of Tuluksak after the state flew in an emergency generator on a chartered DC-6.Lisa Demer
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