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Rural Alaska

Crews from Alaska's coastal Arctic communities have begun the spring hunt. But more new ice than usual in the past few years serves as a reminder to the crews of the dangers involved.

Jillian Rogers
A species of bird now flying north to summer breeding grounds in the boreal forests of Alaska and Canada has fallen on hard times, and biologists are asking the public to help figure out why.Yereth Rosen
Anchorage's Luc Mehl and Derek Collins, of Jackson Hole, Wyo., made the 250-mile trek on skates, skis and foot, experiencing extremes ranging from no snow to a full-blown March storm.Dave Bendinger
Traces of some pesticides that were likely never used in Alaska have been showing up in fish tested in the state's national parks, according to a new study. And they appear to be arriving in some roundabout ways.Yereth Rosen
The existing wooden bridge -- built in 1981 -- is deemed "structurally deficient." A new steel one will connect the community to the popular Summer Bay Recreational Area.Jim Paulin
The man pushed his own eyeball back in before heading to a Dillingham doctor, who said he would need surgery in Anchorage.Dave Bendinger
The areas coveted as sea routes for commercial shippers seeking to exploit increasingly ice-free Arctic waters are the same areas that are vital to millions of seabirds that flock north each summer to feast under the midnight sun, says a newly published study.Yereth Rosen
A few miles from the Arctic Circle on the United States' only Arctic highway, there’s a sloped area notorious for a series of dips and buckles  caused by seasonal thaw and subsurface meltwater. The "frost boils" of Beaver Slide may have met their match.Yereth Rosen
The new Barrow hotel on Alaska's North Slope will have 70 guest rooms, about twice as many as the old one, and three conference rooms. It will be the largest ever in Barrow by far.Alex DeMarban
An alternative energy project receiving $3.4 million in federal economic stimulus funds is in shambles.  Bird-friendly wind turbines that were to power the offices of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Western Alaska are sitting in a pile on the ground.Craig Medred