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Rural Alaska

A major fire in Bethel on Monday night grew so big that it was seen from just about every part of town and demolished a sorely needed alcohol treatment center still under construction.

Lisa Demer
The council intended to adopt the proposed annexation of the Nushagak commercial fishing district for the purpose of collecting a 2.5 percent raw fish tax, but instead chose to delay that vote until the Nov. 6 meeting, citing an effort to allow other Nushagak drainage communities more time to voice concerns.Dave Bendinger
Middle school students from across rural Alaska will get the chance to attend a science and technology academy in Anchorage through a $1 million, three-year grant from Alaska Airlines, the company announced Thursday at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention.Lisa Demer
A $23.8 million grant to boost the undergraduate study of biomedical research and health sciences by rural Alaska students will offer new education opportunities at 10 campuses across the state, the University of Alaska Fairbanks said. Alaska Dispatch News
The TERRA -- Terrestrial for Every Rural Region in Alaska -- project is an ongoing, multiyear endeavor to put better Internet, phone and television service in the hands of rural Alaskans, who have relied on spotty satellite connections until now. Jillian Rogers
After six years on the job, Mike Mason will leave his post as news director at KDLG public radio this month to be press secretary for the Alaska House Minority.Dave Bendinger
Residents in the eastern Interior Alaska town of Eagle are hunkering down for another cold winter and the seasonal seclusion that adds to what many already consider a rural existence. Jerzy Shedlock
This fall's bowhead whale harvest on the North Slope has been a bountiful one. The count as of Monday was 11 whales for Barrow, three for Kaktovik and five for Nuiqsut, according to the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission.Jillian Rogers
After suffering budget cuts from the Northwest Arctic Borough and the University of Alaska, Kotzebue's library may be forced to closed its doors to the public.Jillian Rogers
Ruby Kaleak is only 5 feet 2 inches tall but she takes on formidable opponents as part of the polar bear patrol in the Arctic Alaska community of Kaktovik. One bear that recently found its way into an elder's arctic entry, however, was particularly "humongous."Michelle Theriault Boots