Polar bears congregate near the village because of bowhead whale bones left on shore by subsistence hunters. But the bears can be trapped there for the winter if they don’t make it onto the sea ice before it retreats in August.
Norwegian Cruise Line banned plastic straws aboard its ships, but offers alternatives for people requesting a straw. Another cruise line, Carnival says staff members only supply straws upon request for soda or cocktails. That’s good news for an Alaska grass-roots organization.