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Snapshots

  1. Fireweed

    Snapshot Title: Fireweed
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    These purple flowering plants are eaten, dipped in seal oil, when the shoots first appear in the Arctic Spring. The flowers start by the ground and climb up the plant as Summer ages, and when the flow...



  2. A boat on its way out

    Snapshot Title: A boat on its way out
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    There are a lot of boats in town, and summer opens up the possibility of travel by river to remote villages. This boat looks like it's headed for Gunsight Mountain, which marks the mouth of the Noatak...



  3. "Singles Housing"

    Snapshot Title: "Singles Housing"
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Maniilaq Association provides housing for many of its employees. The green and beige buildings have single-bedroom units for employees with no children and no pets.



  4. granny's house

    Snapshot Title: granny's house
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Family housing for the Maniilaq Health Center



  5. OTZ

    Snapshot Title: OTZ
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The big white building in the center of this snapshot is OTZ, a major supplier of telephone service in the region. If you want to see real-time images of Kotzebue, OTZ has 2 web cams. Webcam#1 looks n...



  6. Post Office

    Snapshot Title: Post Office
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The tan building top center is the US Post Office, Zip Code 99752. Kotzebue and all ten villages in the Northwest Arctic Burough have their own Post Offices, but none of us have home mail delivery. Mo...



  7. Modern communication

    Snapshot Title: Modern communication
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    We stay pretty well connected despite our extreme northern locale. Yes, we have satellite dishes around town. Note that they are all looking almost horizontally. No, we don't really have cell phone se...



  8. Bering Air

    Snapshot Title: Bering Air
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Kotzbue is isolated from the rest of the world by tundra and water. There are no roads to Kotzebue from anywhere else, and so airplanes are a major part of life here. Bering Air is one of the airline ...



  9. Medivac Hangar

    Snapshot Title: Medivac Hangar
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Kotzebue is about 500 miles north of Anchorage. Although the Maniilaq Health Center has a very good hospital, it is a small facility which lacks specialty services such as surgery and high-risk obstet...



  10. Water Tanks

    Snapshot Title: Water Tanks
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    These two big blue water tanks store water that was pumped down from Devil's Lake.



  11. Tech Center

    Snapshot Title: Tech Center
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The orange roof covers the Alaska Technical Center, fondly called the ATC. Within it walls, young people of the Northwest Arctic Burough learn job skills such as welding, carpentry and typing. The hou...



  12. Schools

    Snapshot Title: Schools
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Here we see the peaked roof of the Kotzebue High School and the rounded roof of the June Nelson Elementary School. Our schools are important community centers and school sports events such as wrestlin...



  13. Kotzebue Fire Hall

    Snapshot Title: Kotzebue Fire Hall
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The red tower on the left and the attached red structure house Kotzebue's fire department.



  14. senior center

    Snapshot Title: senior center
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    There have been some recent changes in Kotzebue. The green building on the left is our new Assisted Living center. The tan building on the right is the Senior Center. The grey building behind the Seni...



  15. Crowley Tanks

    Snapshot Title: Crowley Tanks
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    These big white tanks will soon hold over 6 million gallons of petroleum products, all brought here by barges during the summer months when the ocean is free of ice. Although Alaska is famous for oil ...



  16. Homes on stilts

    Snapshot Title: Homes on stilts
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    You might wonder about the stilts beneath this apartment building and many of the other buildings that you see here in Kotzebue. We don't have trouble with high water, as I first thought on my arriva...



  17. Water Pipeline

    Snapshot Title: Water Pipeline
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Kotzebue, which is surrounded by salt water and brackish water, needs fresh, liquid water year-round. The Arctic tundra is frozen most of the year. This pipeline brings water from Devil's Lake into to...



  18. Barges in Kotzebue Sound

    Snapshot Title: Barges in Kotzebue Sound
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    Although this snapshot shows 2 barges, this panorama actually captured 3 barges. It was the arrival of the barges that motivated me to get to the hilltop for these photos.

    Large freight can come ...



  19. Cemetery Hill

    Snapshot Title: Cemetery Hill
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The view of Kotzebue from Cemetery Hill is very similiar to this panorama.



  20. My Place

    Snapshot Title: My Place
    Taken by: James I. Miller

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    This is a view of where I ice fish and the apartment I am in.

    (Photo Courtesy of Dr. Derbyshire)



  21. fishnet

    Snapshot Title: fishnet
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The round white floats across the water mark a fishnet, which would be catching salmon in July.



  22. Maniilaq Health Center

    Snapshot Title: Maniilaq Health Center
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    The big green roof shelters the hospital, ER and outpatient clinics.



  23. Ralph Wein Airport

    Snapshot Title: Ralph Wein Airport
    Taken by: Ella Derbyshire

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    There are no roads into Kotzebue from the Outside. But yes... there is a way to get to Kotzebue. Most folks fly in. Or you can go by barge or private boat in the summer. In the winter, beginning in mi...



  24. airplanes

    Snapshot Title: airplanes
    Taken by: mr_skulls

    Image: Kotzebue Alaska July 22 2007
    Image Owner: Ella Derbyshire



    Description:

    couple of small planes