Two weeks ago, the council sent a letter to all Kipnuk households prohibiting children in the village of around 700 people from attending school, citing concerns for students’ safety.
Debate over the resolutions was contentious and revealed a regional rift among tribes.
It’s not clear what, practically speaking, the new federal Arctic strategy could mean for people in Alaska.
Beachcombing offers a nice break for residents who are still cleaning up after their communities were ravaged by flooding, high winds and an historic storm surge.
A father and son from Switzerland paddled ashore at Lomack Beach in Bethel last week. They had kayaked around 700 miles down the Kuskokwim to get there from Lake Minchumina.
The storm eroded about 300 feet of coastline, bringing the water that much closer to town. The loss of Hooper Bay’s dunes has potentially serious consequences.
Although debris can be cleared and homes rebuilt, for many, a sense of security has been shattered.
The storm could have threatened the town’s winter subsistence stock if not for the work of local power plant operators.
Although no school interiors flooded, there was significant erosion in some communities that brought the buildings much closer to the shoreline.
The damage from the storm ranges across a thousand miles of Western Alaska, from Kuskokwim Bay all the way up through the Bering Strait.