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State Troopers Investigate Two Deaths In Pilot Station

An Alaska State Trooper cruiser. Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM file.

According to Troopers, Teddy Heckman passed away sometime in the early morning hours on January 26th due to natural causes. On Friday (Feb 2nd) Troopers also responded to a report that Mary Wassillie had died sometime during the night. Troopers say the cause of death was natural causes.

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LEPC, Kawerak, and State Fostering Regional Emergency Preparedness Ahead of Local Workshop

Oiled Wildlife

Thomas Riley works in the planning division for DHSEM. Riley recently visited Nome for three days and spoke with organizations like Kawerak and the LEPC about specific emergencies that may arise in the region. Anahma Shannon of Kawerak said of Riley’s visit, “I think one of the things they (the State) realized is that people kept bringing up oil spill response, increased vessel traffic, oiled wildlife…”

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Discussion On Ivory Bans Continues; Nomeites Weigh In During Legislative Committee Meeting

Ivory walrus

On Monday, public comments were being solicited on Senate Joint resolution 4, sponsored in part by Senator Donny Olson. Among those who gave testimony were Alice Bioff, Vera Metcalf, and Melanie Bahnke. The resolution looks to spur the State’s Congressional delegation to introduce bills which would protect walrus, mammoth, and mastodon ivory from other ivory bans.

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