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Rural Alaska

The Federal Subsistence Board is coming to Bethel, McGrath and Aniak in early September for a rare Kuskokwim River field trip. Board members are also hoping to get to a fish camp and talk to fishermen.


Lisa Demer
Galacia Hiratsuka, 43, had been at a fish camp in the small community about 17 miles south of Dillingham. While out on the water Friday evening, his boat’s motor failed, a troopers spokesperson wrote in an email. Tegan Hanlon
A change to this year's Farm Bill means hospitals, schools and senior care centers can start serving traditional foods in their facilities -- a welcome change, especially in rural Alaska.Suzanna Caldwell
With summer firefighting jobs in short supply, the mayor for the village of Tanana said she welcomes well-paid construction work created by a $11 million effort to link the remote community to the Alaska road system. Jerzy Shedlock
The 5-gallon bucket was in the bathroom of a small house, troopers said. It was half-full of water used for handwashing since the home doesn’t have running water. Lisa Demer
The city of Bethel has hired an Anchorage lawyer to represent it in any cases that arise from last week’s officer-involved shooting and an earlier incident that resulted in a witness complaint of police brutality.Lisa Demer
A 55-year-old man died near Dillingham Tuesday after his boat's motor exploded, throwing him in the water, where he apparently drowned, Alaska State Troopers say.Zaz Hollander
State health officials are investigating a cluster of possible botulism cases in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta that began with a shared meal of fermented fish heads, an epidemiologist said Monday.Lisa Demer
The three-minute video posted Monday by radio station KYUK shows an altercation Friday between a man and two officers in which he rushes them with a baseball bat, swings at an officer who had fallen, and ends up on the ground himself. Alaska State Troopers, who are investigating the incident, say the man was shot.Lisa Demer
More than 50 years after the U.S. government proposed blasting a deep-water harbor in Northwest Alaska, the Department of Energy is working hard to quell lingering doubts over leftover nuclear weapons in the region.Suzanna Caldwell