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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.


The remains of the front entryway where the fire started on the porch of the Kotlik Community Hall on March 26, 2018.
Alvin Aketachunak

Kotlik continues searching for the person allegedly responsible for burning down the village’s Community Hall and is working to replace what the fire destroyed.


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.

Update March 30, 2018: According to Assistant Public Defender Jane Imholte, State Troopers spotted Michael Redfox near their station for a reason. After three weeks on the run, Redfox was planning to turn himself in on the advice of counsel.

If you’re running from the law, you probably shouldn’t hang out next to an Alaska State Trooper station. An escaped fugitive was arrested in Emmonak this week when the Troopers spotted him on the road by their office.

A semi-automatic rifle reported stolen two years ago showed up in the hands of an intoxicated woman in Napakiak this weekend.

Kotlik's Community Hall burns in the early morning hours of Monday, March 26, 2018. Alvin Aketachunak helped put out the fire and titled this photo on Facebook, "Our poor hall :("
Alvin Aketachunak

Kotlik is searching for the suspect responsible for what may have been an act of arson that destroyed the village's Community Hall early Monday morning. No injuries are reported and only one other building, which was abandoned, sustained damage. The community worked together to save what they could after a weekend of dancing and potlatch inside the hall.


Earlier this month, the village of Marshall pushed Governor Walker to issue an emergency declaration in their community due to the region's lack of public safety. For most of the past two decades, Marshall has been without police. Now residents are working out ways to defend their community on their own.


In a violent attempted home invasion last weekend, an Alakanuk man allegedly tried to shoot his daughter and infant granddaughter with a semi-automatic rifle. He was stopped in the arctic entryway by his daughter’s boyfriend, who armed himself, tackled the shooter, and held him down until State Troopers arrived.


The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope/KYUK

A former Tuluksak teacher will serve four years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography. He was sentenced for his crimes on Tuesday morning.


Two Men Charged With Manslaughter In Quinhagak Overdose

Mar 20, 2018
A photo of Jamie Roberts, who died after an August 2016 overdose in Quingagak, at a memorial service for her.
File / KTVA

This story is republished with permission from KTVA.

Two Quinhagak men are facing manslaughter charges, after state prosecutors say they provided the tainted heroin which led to a woman’s 2016 death in the Western Alaska village.

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