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Alaska State Troopers say six fishing vessels were seized after their operators were discovered this month drifting gillnets one to two nautical miles outside an open fishing area in Kulukak Bay in Southwest Alaska.

Jerzy Shedlock
Like many Arctic villages, the Brooks Range community of about 300 is in need of housing. At a recent meeting residents, engineers and officials talked about the prospect of building a new subdivision, with new streets and homes.Jillian Rogers
Despite early season salmon restrictions, Yup’ik fish camps bustle with activity as families harvest food for the winter.Lisa Demer
After the death of village public safety officer Thomas Madole, the Alaska Legislature voted unanimously to allow Native associations to let the officers carry handguns. The bill was signed into law Friday in Naknek by Gov. Sean Parnell. Pat Forgey
The king salmon’s disappearance is an ecological mystery as cryptic as it is alarming, and for the villages that dot the banks of the 2,200-mile-long Yukon River, the salmon’s absence hasn’t just eroded fishing culture. It’s strained local health and prosperity.Ben Goldfarb
After a brief interruption in passenger air service, officials and residents on the Bering Strait island of Little Diomede were awaiting news that joint state and federal funding had gone through and flights to the community could resume.Tegan Hanlon
But the prized fish still won't be bound for drying racks, freezers or dinner tables.Jill Burke
In meeting that stretched four and a half hours Wednesday, a Kuskokwim River salmon advisory group agreed to set aside proposals to declare “no confidence” in Alaska's subsistence and commercial fishing managers and instead work within the system.Lisa Demer
A decision by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to allow three commercial fishing openers outraged some subsistence fisherman, who say that without chinooks this year, they are relying on silver salmon to get enough fish for the winter.Lisa Demer
A Fairbanks judge on Tuesday sentenced Peter Tony, a former foster parent in the Southwest Alaska community of Bethel who five months ago pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual abuse of a minor, to 66 years in prison -- effectively a life sentence for the 70-year-old.Michelle Theriault Boots