Oil boom brings hope, anxiety to Alaska town

Kim Murphy / Los Angeles Times
Published Oct 10, 2012 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM
Longtime friends Amos Nashookpuk, 21, and Minnie Nashoalook, 20, take a midnight walk along the bluff overlooking the Chukchi Sea in August. During the summer months the sun sets quite late in Alaska's north. Wainwright, Alaska, with a population of less than 600 people, is already changing as Shell begins its drilling operations off the coast in the Chukchi Sea.
Benjamin Ahmaogak looks into his ice cellar in Wainwright, Alaska. The cellar was handed down a generation to him but now there are signs the ice that is traditionally there is melting more than ever. Ahmaogak keeps whale meat and caribou in the cellar, a part of the subsistence hunting existence of many of the Inupiat Eskimos that live in the largely frozen region.