The official report of a rural Alaska death with unknown causes wasn’t posted on the Alaska State Trooper dispatch until more than two weeks after the body was discovered.
Merna and Albert Sheldon left the community of Noorvik in a skiff on Monday, July 18th to go berry picking with a 4-year-old boy; they drowned as they were returning up the Kobuk River.
An informational meeting about an Elim rock quarry project took place on Thursday, followed by a tri-party meeting with the Elim city council, tribal council, and the Elim Native Corporation. The fate of the quarry is uncertain, and further meetings will be determined.
Stebbins took control over housing from the regional non-profit, hoping to speed up the building process, but it’s actually led to stagnation and overcrowding.
The Port Commission is focused on ongoing engineering projects this summer, including Snake River dredging and the development of the Thornbush Subdivision.
According to fish reports, 245,000 pinks were counted at the Shaktoolik River — and 744,000 at Unalakleet — on July 13th. Fishers may not have seen fish in those numbers this past weekend, but they’re soon expected to “shoot back up,” says ADF&G.
The Port Commission meets at City Hall on Thursday night to discuss bids to repair the Cape Nome Jetty and to hear updates on the Arctic Chinook drill.
For an undisclosed amount of money, Gold Leaf Placer directly bought Placer Marine Mining and acquired 56% of Nome’s offshore mining leases. Even though this means fewer leases are available for other miners in Nome, General Manager Andrew Lee says smaller mining operations can’t mine in these leases’ depths, anyway.
GCI anticipates the expansion to Red Dog Mine and Noatak to be completed in 2017.
Troopers state the incident was started when a camp fire was left without being fully extinguished. Damages are estimated at $15,000.