Subsistence

A new oil boom on Alaska’s North Slope is encircling a village, and residents have raised a red flag

A major proposed North Slope oil project is running into local opposition from residents of the village of Nuiqsut, who are already partially surrounded by development and wary of more.

A month into Utqiaġvik’s whaling season, none have been landed

Some residents say this is unprecedented — the whale-dependent village captured nearly 20 whales last fall. Also unprecedented are this year’s temperatures: It was the warmest May-through-September on record in Utqiaġvik.

This old Alaska mining town is almost a ghost town. It has everything to gain from Donlin mine.

The school closed long ago. There is no city or tribal council. A proposed mine nearby could change all that. But what’s the risk?

For people who live in remote Red Devil, an old mine’s toxic legacy is not enough to doubt Donlin’s promise

A mine built Red Devil. It also left behind enough pollution to require a federal government clean up, and some people are still not supposed to eat the fish.

How do you revive an almost ghost town in remote Alaska? Ask the 20 residents of Red Devil who are betting on Donlin mine.

How do you you restart a city government? Red Devil residents are making phone calls to find out.

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