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Hooper Bay students returned to school last week for the first time since December. A pipe burst in the school during winter break, flooding the building, wreaking havoc, and delaying the spring semester. 


The Lewis Angapak Memorial School stands abve other buildings in Tuntutuliak.
Rashah McChesney / Alaska's Energy Desk

The bodies of the five people who died last week in a Yute Commuter Service plane crash near the community of Tuntutuliak are in Anchorage. The names of the four deceased passengers from the coastal community of Kipnuk have yet to be released, but Yute Commuter Service identified the pilot as Tony Matthews. The recovery effort took multiple agencies two days, working outside in severe wind chill. KYUK talked with two of the responders who were there. 


The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the Lower Kuskokwim Valley from 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Winds up to 45 mph are expected, along with 4 to 8 inches of snow. Blowing snow could reduce visibility to a half-mile. The Weather Service also warns of slippery road conditions.

Future Of Salmon In A Warming World - Part 1

Feb 7, 2020
U.S. Geological Survey

Recent research indicates that extremely warm temperatures can turn Alaska’s salmon streams into unfriendly, even lethal habitats. While Alaskan scientists are just beginning to study the impact of warmer temperatures on salmon streams, it is already a familiar reality for many Canadian fish biologists.

The Lewis Angapak Memorial School stands abve other buildings in Tuntutuliak.
Rashah McChesney / Alaska's Energy Desk

6:20 p.m. This story has been updated with information about the recovery effort and weather conditions at the crash site.

Yute Commuter Service has released the name of the pilot killed in a plane accident on Thursday, Feb. 6 along the lower Kuskokwim River that also killed four passengers. The pilot, Tony Matthews, was flying a Piper PA-32R from Bethel to Kipnuk that crashed about 11 miles southwest of Tuntutuliak at approximately 11 a.m.


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After a year of searching, The Kuskokwim Corporation has named a new President and CEO: Andrea Gusty, who will step into the responsibilities immediately.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for the Kuskokwim Delta from 7 p.m. Feb. 6 through early morning Feb. 8. The Weather Service warned that snowy 40-mile per hour winds could bring wind chills of 50 degrees below zero. Blowing snow could reduce visibility to a half mile or less. The most severe weather is expected along the coast.

The Lewis Angapak Memorial School stands abve other buildings in Tuntutuliak.
Rashah McChesney / Alaska's Energy Desk

Update 6:20 p.m. and 7:20 p.m.: Five people are dead following a plane crash near the lower Kuskokwim community of Tuntutuliak on Thursday, Feb. 6, according to Alaska State Troopers. At 1:42 p.m., the troopers were alerted to an overdue Yute Commuter Service plane traveling from Bethel to Kipnuk carrying one pilot and four passengers. At 1:50 p.m. troopers reported that the plane was found crashed 12 miles southwest of Tuntutuliak.

Two of the boys found in the snow 18 miles south of Nunam Iqua will return home with their mother after being released from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, according to the mother's sister, Fannie Camille.
Matt Scott

All four boys who were found huddled in the snow near Nunam Iqua have reunited with their family. The condition of the most severely injured of the children has improved since a day earlier. 

The Crooked Creek ice crew heads home on March 3, 2018 after completing the Kuskokwim's longest ice road ever.
Mark Leary / Native Village of Napaimute

Overflow is covering stretches of the Kuskokwim ice road between Napaskiak and Oscarville. Bethel Search and Rescue member Perry Barr discovered the water around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, while driving back to Bethel from the tundra villages. 

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