The U.S. Census Bureau has changed the name of a Western Alaska census area from that of a slave owner who never came to Alaska to one chosen by locals that represents the highest mountains in the region.

Lisa Demer
The Coast Guard launched a C-130 plane and helicopter and troopers sent up an aircraft as well after a man reported his boat ran out of gas Sunday in Kuskokwim Bay.Lisa Demer
Whaling crews and helpers took turns cutting up muktuk into bite-sized pieces Monday afternoon in Barrow as the celebration of Nalukataq marked the end of whaling season.Jillian Rogers
The application by Bethel Native Corp., through Bethel Spirits LLC, for a liquor store in Bethel was put on hold Wednesday during a meeting of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in Fairbanks.Alex DeMarban
The City of Dillingham’s petition to annex the Nushagak commercial fishing district has been re-filed with the Local Boundary Commission, starting what may be a yearlong review process.Dave Bendinger
The $5 million Packer Creek hydroelectric project -- a relatively simple run-of-the-river system -- is now operational and providing power for the village of about 70 residents.Hannah Colton

Kotzebue held its annual Qatnut cultural celebration and marked Independence Day from July 1 through 5, 2015.

Erik Hill
The U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday a Western Alaska census area named for confederate officer Wade Hampton will be known as the Kusilvak Census Area going forward.Associated Press
A 39-year-old Selawik man has been charged with murder in the Monday death of a 23-year-old man in the Northwest Alaska community of Selawik.Ben Anderson
One of the worst returns of chum salmon on record has prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to shut down sport fishing for chums in the Kuskokwim River drainage.Lisa Demer