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Rural Alaska

Veterinarians haul surgical equipment by boat and plane and operate in village kitchens and tribal courtrooms, providing a free service aimed at reducing the countless unwanted dogs in remote villages where there is no veterinary care and police are frequently forced to kill strays. 

Kyle Hopkins
A new teacher at Meade River School wondered what it would take to recycle abandoned soda cans. It turns out, not too much, with help and support from students and locals.Jillian Rogers
The Northwest Arctic community voted 60 to 47 in favor of keeping a ban on alcohol. Petitioners had proposed a city-run package store similar to one recently opened in Kotzebue.Jillian Rogers
On the eroding Bering Sea coast of far Western Alaska, archaeologists from around the world are unearthing remnants of an ancient Yup’ik village frozen in place for hundreds of years.Lisa Demer
The Federal Subsistence Board is coming to Bethel, McGrath and Aniak in early September for a rare Kuskokwim River field trip. Board members are also hoping to get to a fish camp and talk to fishermen. Lisa Demer
Galacia Hiratsuka, 43, had been at a fish camp in the small community about 17 miles south of Dillingham. While out on the water Friday evening, his boat’s motor failed, a troopers spokesperson wrote in an email. Tegan Hanlon
A change to this year's Farm Bill means hospitals, schools and senior care centers can start serving traditional foods in their facilities -- a welcome change, especially in rural Alaska.Suzanna Caldwell
With summer firefighting jobs in short supply, the mayor for the village of Tanana said she welcomes well-paid construction work created by a $11 million effort to link the remote community to the Alaska road system. Jerzy Shedlock
The 5-gallon bucket was in the bathroom of a small house, troopers said. It was half-full of water used for handwashing since the home doesn’t have running water. Lisa Demer
The city of Bethel has hired an Anchorage lawyer to represent it in any cases that arise from last week’s officer-involved shooting and an earlier incident that resulted in a witness complaint of police brutality.Lisa Demer

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