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Teresa Cotsirilos

Reporter

Teresa Cotsirilos reports on crime, criminal justice and public health in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.

A graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Cotsirilos most recently reported for Oakland North, where she covered Black Lives Matter and the Oakland Police Department. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Nation and other publications.

Prior to becoming a journalist, Cotsirilos sold eyepatches and other pirate supplies in San Francisco, wrote for a travel guide in Jerusalem and taught sexual education in rural Namibia. Please send her news tips at teresa@kyuk.org.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Update 7:00 p.m.: Locals have pulled the whale from the Kuskokwim River onto the Napaskiak shore.

Original story 6:00 p.m.:

Locals continue working to drag the carcass of a large whale out of the Kuskokwim River. A team of boats outside of Napaskiak is still struggling to drag the sunken whale to shore. According to  Napaskiak Tribal Administrator Sharon Williams,  Joe Evon of Search and Rescue was able to hook the whale and drag it 20 feet this morning before the rope he was using snapped in two.

Courtesy of Paul Smith II

A video posted on Facebook Thursday night shows locals shooting a whale in the Kuskokwim River near Napaskiak. The video may be disturbing for some viewers.

 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Fishermen from Napaskiak and surrounding communities have found the whale that sank to the bottom of the Kuskokwim River after being killed on Thursday.

Courtesy of Paul Smith II from Facebook

Napaskiak and surrounding villages are working to salvage a whale killed yesterday in the Kuskokwim River. Fishermen are currently out on the water during this evening’s low tide, trying to bring the carcass to shore.

The legal implications of this incident are unclear at this point, but it is clear that whales are protected species under federal law and international treaty.

Theodore Eppler is accused of pouring gasoline on a relative's boat.
Courtesy of Bethel Police Department

The Bethel Police are searching for Theodore G. Eppler, age 24. According to Sergeant Amy Davis, Eppler is accused of pouring gasoline on a relative’s boat, then assaulting that relative when he confronted him about it.

Yesterday, Pius Anthony Joe pled not guilty to assault in the fourth degree.

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Nathaniel Peters used to paint houses in Illinois, and tend bar in Ireland. These days, he's Bethel's newest Superior Court judge.

Katie Basile/KYUK

Last week, KYUK reported that Alaska Airlines might cut some of its flights between Bethel and Anchorage, right before the winter holidays. The company has now determined which of its flights will be eliminated.


On Friday, State Troopers arrested a man in Sleetmute for allegedly strangling a woman in town.

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