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191 And Growing

May 5, 2019
Frank Bell

The statistics tracking the number of Native women who have disappeared in the U.S. are tough. And Alaska, with its small population, has the fourth largest number of missing or murdered Native women. Anchorage has the third highest number of all the cities surveyed in a report from the Seattle-based Urban Indian Health Institute. On Saturday, a group gathered at the Alaska Native Heritage Center to begin an effort to heal.

The Napakiak Public Safety building in September 2018. The building burned, killing two inmates on May 28, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Two prisoners died early Sunday morning when flames engulfed the Napakiak jail. Alaska State Troopers have tentatively identified the victims as Becca White, age 24, and Isaiah Parka, age 22, both of Napakiak.

Bethel Police Department

Bethel Police are asking the public for help looking for a man being sought on a variety of criminal charges. Eugene Michaelson is 26 years old and goes by the name "A.J."

Bethel Police Department

Update: The Bethel Police Department arrested 27-year old Kyle Kilongak of Bethel on Thursday for the murder of David Carl. Kilongak is charged with murder in the second degree. Bail is set at $250,000. 

Students Watch As Alaska Stage Becomes Courtroom

Feb 27, 2019

Everyone knows that traveling from villages to go to court in regional hubs is not cheap. The question before the Alaska Supreme Court is which state agency should pay the cost for juvenile defendants whose parents can’t afford the airfare.

KYUK reports from Anchorage that on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2019, the stage at West High became a courtroom so that hundreds of high school students could watch two lawyers argue the issue of travel costs for juveniles before the state’s highest court.

Dean Swope / KYUK

A former Ravn Alaska supervisor was recently sentenced for his role in stealing mail, including 343 computers, from airplanes bound for villages. Some of those villages included St. Mary’s, Emmonak, Kotlik, Aniak, Alakanuk, Grayling, Kalskag, Koyuk, and Stebbins.

Law enforcement arrested a teenager after he grabbed the controls of an airplane in midflight from Napakiak to Bethel, causing the plane to shoot towards the ground. With the help of a passenger, the pilot took back control of the aircraft and no injuries have been reported.

A recent report offers details on Roman Catholic Jesuit priests, deacons, and laypeople accused of sexual abuse in dozens of communities across Alaska. Those communities include 13 villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The region has a long history with the Roman Catholic Church, dating back to the late 1800s. Most of the church officials accused of abuse in the report are deceased. Jesuits West issued the recent report listing the perpetrators in December. Anchorage Daily News editor Kyle Hopkins has been following the story and talked with KYUK about his reporting on the issue.

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On New Year’s Day, Alaska State Troopers arrested 23-year-old Jonathan Thompson for a stabbing in St. Mary’s, according to a trooper’s report.

Thompson was charged with one count of assault in the first degree and one count of assault in the third degree.

Thompson was taken to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Facility in Bethel; no bail has currently been set. The victim, who was said to be a household member of Thompson's, was medevaced for treatment.


A Kwethluk man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for biting off his the tip of his brother’s finger and assaulting a second person who tried to intervene. The second attack burst that victim’s bladder, according to a press release from state prosecutors.