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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.

Alaska State Troopers have called off the search for Tununak resident Jazmin James.

After eleven years of service, Bethel Family Clinic Executive Director LaTesia Guinn resigned on March 26, 2018.
KYUK Staff

The executive director of Bethel Family Clinic abruptly resigned late last month. LaTesia Guinn stepped down on March 26 after serving as the clinic’s director for 11 years.

Gov. Walker pictured at a press conference in the Capitol on March 17, 2015. On April 2 2018, the Governor asked the chairs of both Finance Committees to dedicate $10 million to the state's ailing 911 system.
SKIP GRAY / 360 NORTH

On Monday, Governor Walker asked the chairs of both Finance Committees to re-allocate $10 million towards the state’s ailing 911 system. The money was originally proposed for oil and gas research, but the Governor’s office said that this was more important. One in four Alaskans don’t have access to a standard 911 emergency number, and the system has been impairing rural residents' ability to reach first responders for years.


AVCP's Chief Operating Officer, Liz Pederson, has decided to resign.
Courtesy of the Association of Village COuncil Presidents

There’s been a small shakeup in the Association of Village Council Presidents’ upper leadership. Liz Pederson, the nonprofit’s Chief Operating Officer, has resigned. Her last day of work will be April 11.

Bethel Regional High School's Assistant Principal, Doug Boyer, has been promoted to Site Administrator.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Bethel Regional High School officially has a new Site Administrator. After an arduous selection process, the Lower Kuskokwim School District picked Assistant Principal Doug Boyer for the job.

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta travelers should proceed with caution as the springtime weather warms. According to Mark Leary, the Director of Development and Operations for the Native Village of Napaimute, this may be the last week of truck travel on the Kuskokwim ice road.

The city of Aniak has erected a cross where Bruce "Gotor" Morgan was killed.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The murder trial of Aniak resident Joseph Yaska was rescheduled again on Thursday. Yaska is accused of killing Bruce “Gotor” Morgan in an attempted mass shooting last August, and the attorneys in his case are still in discovery, trying to piece together what happened.

Aniak hasn’t been the same since the shooting, and Morgan’s friends and family are still struggling to come to terms with it.


Rescue workers are searching for a man who left his home in Tununak to get firewood and hasn’t returned.


GCI says that cellphone calls to landlines were not going through on Thursday morning due to equipment failure.
Dean Swope / KYUK

 

A temporary outage knocked out Bethel’s 911 system for a short while on Thursday.

 

The Bethel Police Department's emergency system experienced an outage on March 29, 2018.
Courtesy of the Bethel Police Department.

Update 12:20pm, March 29, 2018: According to the Bethel Police Department, 911 is back up and running again.

911 is down in Bethel, and the police are urging residents to take precautions.

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