2nd Class City
in the Northwest Arctic Borough
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- Current Population
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- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (am' blur)
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Geography and Climate
- Ambler is located on the north bank of the Kobuk River, near the confluence of the Ambler and the Kobuk Rivers. It lies 45 miles north of the Arctic Circle. It is 138 miles northeast of Kotzebue, 30 miles northwest of Kobuk, and 30 miles downriver from Shungnak.
- Ambler is located in the continental climate zone. Temperatures average -10 to 15 °F during the winter and 40 to 65 °F during the summer. Temperature extremes have been recorded from -65 to 92 °F. Snowfall averages 80 inches and precipitation averages 16 inches per year. The Kobuk River is navigable from early July to mid-October.
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- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- Ambler is named after Dr. James M. Ambler, a U.S. Navy surgeon on the U.S.S. Jeannette, who perished in 1881 in the Lena River Delta while with the Arctic expedition under the command of Lt. Comdr. G.W. DeLong (1879-1880). Ambler was permanently settled in 1958 when people from Shungnak and Kobuk moved upstream because of the variety of fish, wild game, and spruce trees in the area. An archaeological site is located nearby at Onion Portage. A post office was established in 1963. The city was incorporated in 1971.
- The residents of Ambler are Kowagniut Inupiat Eskimos, with a traditional subsistence lifestyle.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
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- Native Village of Ambler
- Local Option Restrictions
- Ban sale and importation of alcohol.
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Piped Water, Piped Sewer, Roads, Landfill, Health Clinic, Electric (AVEC), Volunteer Fire, Cable TV, Dock, Sewage Lagoon
- Ambler's major means of transportation are by barge, plane, small boat, and snow machine. There are no roads linking the city to other parts of the state. A state-owned lighted, gravel airstrip, with a gravel crosswind airstrip is located one and a half miles from the city. In addition, daily scheduled services are provided out of Kotzebue, and air taxis provide charter flights. Crowley Marine Services barges fuel and supplies to Ambler each summer. Boats are used for inter-village travel and subsistence activities. ATVs and snow machines are commonly used in winter.
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