Desiree Hagen, KOTZ - Kotzebue

a hat

Selawik snowmachiner dies 2 miles from town after running out of gas

Alaska State Troopers say 23-year-old Chad Ticket was reported missing at about 2 p.m. Sunday. His body was found about three hours later.
A man with a blak jacket gestures while sitting on a couch

State lawmaker Josiah Patkotak is poised to become the next North Slope Borough mayor

At 29 years old, he would become the region’s youngest mayor.
Yamaha snowmachines

Yamaha will stop selling snowmachines in North America

The Japanese manufacturer said parts and maintenance service will still be available after the final model year 2025 North American production run.

2 charged with murder in Kotzebue stabbing

Police arrested Calvin Stein, 29, and Audrey Booth, 30, Thursday in the death of Franklin Richards, the father of Booth's children.

Ongoing internet outage hamstrings 911, other vital services in Northwest Alaska

It’s been a week since ice severed a fiber optic cable in the Arctic Ocean, cutting communications to several Northwest Alaska communities.
the Northwest Arctic Borough building in Kotzebue

Internet outage closes government offices, businesses and university campus in Kotzebue

The City of Kotzebue saw a “complete outage” to all departments, with Northwest Arctic Borough officials' telephone and internet down.
a woman holds a large fish

A large fish that fills freezers in Northwest Alaska could be in danger

Scientists are concerned that permafrost thaw could lead to declines in the sheefish population, a staple food for many Alaskans.
a woman and a baby

The child care crisis is hitting rural Alaska hard

Kotzebue has not had a state-licensed child care center since the last facility closed in 2011. It's considered a "child care desert," like much of the state.
Kotzebue snowstorm

Kotzebue declares disaster after back-to-back blizzards, power outages and boil water notice

Kotzebue and the Northwest Arctic Borough have declared a disaster after a series of massive snowstorms battered western Alaska.