Rural Alaska

Opinion: Joseph Murphy helped many people before he died while in protective custody in a Juneau jail cell, where help was denied when he needed it most. Charles Wohlforth
Alaska State Troopers are creating a new unit to focus on violent crime in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta -- an area of Alaska with among the country’s highest rates of reported violence including assaults and sex crimes.Lisa Demer
Shallow permafrost lies beneath the surface of more than a third of mainland Alaska, but 16 percent to 24 percent will disappear by the end of the century, the study concludes.Yereth Rosen
As world leaders began talks in Paris on solutions to global warming, the National Park Service on Monday released a report detailing agency efforts to address threats to parks from climate change.Dan Joling | Associated Press
Get up. Get outdoors. Have a look around. Here's a list of even more family-friendly winter activities to enjoy.Jill Burke
As a river eats its way into Newtok, residents are planning their moves to a new village site 12 miles away. One family will move into a house on skis with the ability to migrate as needed with self-contained water and electrical systems.Ned Rozell
A culture-first approach at the Shungnak school is reconnecting students in the Northwest Arctic village of Shungnak with their  heritage, through programs like an Inupiaq word of the day, or sessions where elders teach students traditional methods for butchering seal.Shady Grove Oliver | The Arctic Sounder
One organizer says he hoped to foster a creative environment in which local students could get hands-on experience with new technology and continue to develop those skills in the future.Shady Grove Oliver | The Arctic Sounder

We head out of Kotzebue by snowmachine. It’s not too cold out, but cold enough that the ice is thick beneath our treads. We’re traveling out to check Darin Nelson and his father, Louis Sr.’s, nets on Kobuk Lake and he’s picked a good time to go. It’s a clear, calm window between two winter storm fronts that bring lots of powder and high winds.

Shady Grove Oliver | The Arctic Sounder
At a lake 17 miles north of Kotzebue, a father and son welcome a seasonal ritual -- setting and checking the nets they place under the ice to catch sheefish. They'll feed the whitefish to their dogs and sell some to mushers around the state.Shady Grove Oliver | The Arctic Sounder
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