Magazine June 22, 2015, Issue

Deadly Environmentalism

Crash landing on the King Cove, Alaska, airstrip, 2010 (Della Trumble)
For an Alaska town, the price of a wildlife refuge is paid in human lives

The 950 residents of King Cove, Alaska, have been trying to build an emergency road to nearby Cold Bay. They have been trying to build the road for 40 years.

King Cove is near the western tip of the Alaskan Peninsula; a few miles west begin the Aleutian Islands. King Cove has a school and two churches and a Chinese restaurant, and its economy is buttressed by the presence of PeterPan Seafoods, one of the largest commercial fishing operations in North America, whose seasonal employees constitute about one-third of the local population. But like most towns in the Alaskan bush, it

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