The United States has an ambitious agenda as leader of the Arctic Council and needs continued cooperation with Russia to carry it out, says the top U.S. Arctic official.Yereth Rosen
The Alaska Commission of Judicial Conduct on Tuesday charged Nome Superior Court Judge Timothy Dooley with making inappropriate statements toward witnesses, victims and other parties during court proceedings over the course of two years.Laurel Andrews

For days now, Bethel residents have been watching the Kuskokwim River and Facebook, checking with friends and testing the waters for any sign of smelt, the first fresh fish of the year. On Monday, May 25, 2015, the sparkly little fish started hitting Bethel. 

Lisa Demer
Smelt hit Bethel on Memorial Day -- right on time.Lisa Demer
As traffic increases in the narrow strait between the Pacific and Arctic Oceans, new safety and environmental protections are needed, advocates say.Yereth Rosen
The body of an unidentified female was found early Sunday in the Southwest Alaska community of Bethel, and investigators are seeking more information in the case.Alaska Dispatch News
Young Native children are more likely to be obese than non-Native children, and those who witness domestic violence seem to be at especially high risk, a new study finds. Yereth Rosen
Grant Aviation, which once dominated the Western Alaska market, is gearing up for a comeback after a difficult spell.Lisa Demer
An array of Northwest rivers, including the Koyuk, Ungalik, Inglutalik, Shaktoolik, Unalakleet and Golsovia, will close to sport and subsistence fishing June 8.Alaska Dispatch News

The Dalton Highway near the Deadhorse airport is overrun with water on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Crews from the Alaska Department of Transportation made a break in the highway the day before to release trapped water that was threatening the runway.

Loren Holmes