The school year has yet to begin in the northwest Alaska village of Kivalina because August storms left the school and teacher housing without clean water.
School should have started two weeks ago, but storms fed a river that serves as the water source for the school and washeteria, bringing the water to its highest levels on record.
Torrents sank pipes that feed the local water plant and the river sediment thickened.
Schools superintendent Norman Eck canceled classes and hopes to see the school open by Oct. 1.
Meanwhile, emergency crews plan to begin repair work this week using replacement pipes provided by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.
- The series of simulated drills was known as the Arctic Chinook exercise and wrapped Thursday morning in Kotzebue, according to a Coast Guard press release.
- Scientists are trying to learn how to prevent botulism in seal oil, a main ingredient in many traditional Alaska Native foods.
- Alaska's earthquake simulator will visit Wednesday, Aug. 31, to Thursday, Sept. 1, in downtown Juneau giving residents some emergency preparedness practice at an event that promises to shake, rattle and roll.
- The creator of the Facebook page the Juneau Community Collective is running for public office and that created a problem. He had to figure out how to continue moderating political comments on the page without falling into a conflict of interest.