Desiree Hagen, KOTZ - Kotzebue

Desiree Hagen, KOTZ - Kotzebue
the Red Dog Mine

Red Dog’s dwindling ore is forcing the entire region to consider its future

The mine — an economic engine in Northwest Alaska — could close as soon as 2031.
Photo of Kotzebue. (Photo by Neal Herbert/National Park Service, Alaska Region)

Kotzebue police sergeant resigns after racist Facebook comments

Former Sgt. David "Mike" Cox's Facebook comments were made about Black murder suspects in South Carolina, according to local police.
A winding river fro mabove

Alaska Native corporation withdraws from the Ambler Road project

The road would pass through federal, state and Native-owned land. NANA had previously been neutral on the project. 
a fire

Kivalina fire cuts electricity, cellphone service

No injuries have been reported in Tuesday's fire, but responders say the local bingo hall and community center were both burned in the blaze.

Lawmaker proposes Alaska Constitution amendment to resolve subsistence disputes with feds

Alaska Native leaders have blasted the proposal from Rep. Thomas Baker, R-Kotzebue, with one calling it “another attempt at a power grab by the state.”
The view from Point Hope, early winter 2015. (Photo by Ellen Chenoweth/University of Alaska Fairbanks)

Teen suspect charged with murder after Point Hope shooting leaves 2 dead, 2 wounded

According to charging documents, 16-year-old Guy Nashookpuk shot four people Sunday, two of them fatally, before allegedly confessing to police.
a fire

6 dead in fire at Noorvik home

A woman and five children were believed to have been inside the residence Wednesday at the time of the fire, Alaska State Troopers said.
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.