DISPATCH BY BREE KESSLER
Most people like photographing nature when they are in the wilderness; but to me, vestiges of modern day ruins (or modern day archeology as I sometimes call them) peak my interest much more as they tell us about the people and place that were left behind.
The Bettles School closed in 1992 due to low enrollment. Now, ten years later, it looks like a post-Hurricane Katrina scene in the middle of the Arctic. There are unused (and increasingly dilapidated) buildings like this one throughout the Arctic. Community members, like here, want to turn them into community centers or at least working facilities, but the political will and the funds don’t exist to reopen them for use.