The city of North Pole, Alaska recently celebrated the re-election of its longtime local politician and world peace advocate, Santa Claus, who has just secured his seat on the city council for the next three years.
In one Alaska village, officials are barging in jugs of water and shutting off the public water supply 12 hours each day. In another, automatic flush toilets have been switched to manual flushing, and restaurants are serving meals on paper plates.
Many cities and towns in southern Alaska experienced record-breaking temperatures on the Fourth of July, according to the National Weather Service.
A brown bear walked into the kitchen of a fishing lodge in Alaska in search of a meal over the weekend and had to be put down when it showed no fear of humans.