A memorial to Roxanne Smart who was killed in Chevak, August 27th 2014. Photo by Daysha Eaton.
The community of Chevak in Southwest Alaska has been breathing a collective sigh of relief after the arrest of a man in July for the murder of Roxanne Smart. The 19-year-old was found stabbed to death in the middle of town last August. But it was a tough year for the tight-knit Cup’ik community as they waited for law enforcement to make an arrest.
The Nunalleq excavation near Quinhagak is revealing artifacts that have survived hundreds of years in permafrost. The site is threatened now by coastal erosion. Photo by Daysha Eaton / KYUK.
At a site near the Southwest Alaska village of Quinhagak archeologists are racing against time to uncover Yup’ik artifacts before the effects of climate change cause them to erode into the sea. The old village continues to reveal artifacts that give a glimpse into the daily lives of Yup’ik people hundreds of years ago.
The crowning artifact found this season, says Rick Knecht, the lead archeologist and a professor from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, is a mask half human, half walrus, in nearly perfect condition. It’s wrapped in several layers of plastic as Knecht keeps the mask damp and cool in a refrigerator at base camp.
The plane was recovered from an area of mudflats. Photo by Devin Kelly/Alaska Dispatch News.
UPDATED: 8/14, 10:20 a.m. – Alaska State Troopers have released more information about their investigation into what happened with an emergency phone they believe came from pilot Seth Fairbanks after his Supercub crashed into Cook Inlet around midnight August 6th. Troopers launched an investigation into the initial call after receiving scrutiny about the timeline of the call and response, says Trooper Spokesperson Megan Peters. Read more →
It appears there was a delay when an emergency call came in from a plane crash on Knik Arm last week that is believed to have led to the deaths of two men from McGrath. Wednesday, the National Transportation Board released a preliminary report on their investigation into the crash. Alaska State Troopers are now trying figure out what went wrong with the 9-1-1 system.
UPDATED: 8/12, 12 p.m. – It appears there was a delay when an emergency call came in from a plane crash on Knik Arm last week that is believed to have led to the deaths of 29-year-old Seth Fairbanks and 23-year-old Anthony Hooper.
The 911 call at 11:54 p.m. last Thursday was first received by the Alaska State Troopers post in Bethel, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board. Fairbanks was standing on top of the airplane in the swift waters of Cook Inlet. Read more →
Troopers are looking for boaters overdue in Kongiganak. Photo from Bing Maps.
UPDATED: 9/10 11:45 a.m. – Searchers found missing boaters who were traveling from Bethel to Kongiganak. Alaska State Troopers and volunteers received word around 2 p.m. Sunday that two men boating from Bethel to Kong were overdue. According to troopers, 59-year-old Rick Strauss and 35-year-old Ricky Strauss Jr., both of Kongiganak, were located by searchers Sunday and taken to Tuntutuliak.
A Scammon Bay man is charged with trying to import alcohol to the dry village. According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, Sunday around 1 p.m. Bethel Troopers received information that 27-year-old Brandon Eddie Nanuk of Scammon Bay was flying to Scammon with alcohol. Read more →
UPDATED 8/9, 7:50 p.m. – Alaska State Troopers have identified the missing pilot and passenger in the Knik Arm plane crash as 29-year-old Seth Fairbanks and 23-year-old Anthony Hooper, both of McGrath.
The Piper PA-18 Super Cub crashed Friday near Anchorage’s north border. Fairbanks grew up in Bethel and his parents still live there.
His father, Grant Fairbanks, says someone called 9-1-1 from the crash with his son’s cell phone.
A federal appeals panel has sided with the new leaders in a tribal power dispute that has complicated efforts to relocate a badly eroded village in western Alaska. Tom John, a tribal administrator with the new council, called Newtok Village Council, says he learned of the decision via email this morning and it’s a relief. Read more →