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The body of a 28-year-old Bethel man missing since Friday, when the boat he was in sank in a Western Alaska river, was recovered by searchers late Monday, troopers said. In a dispatch, Alaska State Troopers said Benjamin Beaver Jr. was traveling with a juvenile from Napakiak to Atmautluak when their boat struck a sandbar and became submerged in the Johnson River. Comment?
"We call ourselves Yupiit, 'real people.' In our language yuk means 'person' or 'human being.' Comment?
The top of a small bulldozer is visible through the ice on the Kwethluk River Monday afternoon, March 30, 2015. Two pickup trucks used by crews working on an Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium water and sewer project went through slushy ice mid-day, then the bulldozer deployed to extract the vehicles sunk into the river as well. Comment?
A 21-year-old Napakiak man faces murder charges after a grand jury indictment in the death of a Bethel cab driver. Alaska State Troopers say Kyle Motgin killed Young Suk Chong, a 45-year-old driver for Taxi Cab Company, on Jan. 31. Three days later, troopers arrested Motgin on outstanding assault charges. Comment?
Instructor Mary Tunuchuk of Chefornak said she sews raincoat parkas out of seal intestine for her son and grandsons to keep them warm and dry when they go seal hunting. Here she is demonstrating how to make an egaleq, or window, as a project for "Materials Traditions:Sewing Gut," a community workshop organized by the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center and the Anchorage Museum that took place Jan. 24-25 at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel. Comment?
A Wisconsin man who started a nonprofit to safely recover submerged bodies will be bringing high-resolution side-scanning sonar equipment to the search on Dec. 26. Meanwhile, searchers from Bethel, Kwethluk, Akiak, Akiachak, Atmautluak, Napakiak, Napaskiak, and the Alaska State Troopers continue to drag an open lead of ice-free Kuskokwim River and under river ice where the body of one of the missing, Ralph "Jimmy" Demantle, 51, was recovered on Dec. 14. Searchers are hoping to find the bodies of two other missing travelers, 26 year-old George Evan, and 27 year-old Sally Stone, both of Akiak. Comment?
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