An Alaska judge sentenced the man who killed 10-year-old Kotzebue girl Ashley Johnson-Barr in 2018 to a 99-year sentence Tuesday.
Subsistence users across the region are feeling the impacts of the die-off.
The festival will include a cultural summit, an Indigenous peoples’ forum, traditional sports competitions and a 43-mile boat crossing of the Bering Strait.
Polar bear sightings in Kotzebue aren’t without precedent. The world’s largest documented polar bear was found in Kotzebue in the 60s, weighing more than 2,200 pounds and standing more than 11 feet high.
As Kotzebue had its wettest month on record, a small group from Minnesota floated the Noatak River in a canoe, with a toddler.
The record was driven in part by a heavy rainstorm that set Kotzebue’s single-day precipitation record.
Court documents detail the physical assault of four different children occurring between 2015 and 2019.
Officials say the Kodiak-based helicopter crew was flying from Kotzebue to Nome when they saw an SOS sign on top of a shack near a remote mining camp.
Cloudy skies and a light drizzle didn’t dampen the spirits of residents of Kotzebue on the Fourth of July as hundreds gathered across town to celebrate.
There are several communities in close proximity to new fires.