After Aucha’s son passed away, it took her years to find peace. Eventually she found it, on a 300 mile snowmachine trip, with her son’s best friend and a large pair of antlers.
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Three seemingly unrelated burglaries hit Emmonak last weekend, causing damage at the local clinic, the Ryan Air office, and the Department of Transportation building. Investigations continue into all three incidents; no suspects have yet been identified.
Emmonak residents are still awaiting the arrival of needed replacement parts to fix a vacuum pump damaged by the fire. Mayor Wilbur Hootch has scheduled an emergency meeting for Tuesday night to approve the budget for needed repairs.
All three events are currently under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Alaska State Troopers in Emmonak at 907-949-1300.
Cigarettes and cell phones were reported stolen from the gas station store in Emmonak.
Alaska State Troopers received a report that fiber optic equipment, a generator, and other gear were stolen from a Hammer Environmental Services truck parked in Emmonak over the weekend.
133 votes were cast in favor of, and 122 against, changing the local option law to allow the City of Emmonak to sell alcoholic beverages under a liquor store license. 34 of those votes were found to be ineligible, however, and the election results have been deemed invalid.
Late Monday night, Derek Sipary, Noel Tinker, and Thaddeus Riley were on a moose hunting trip when their boat struck a submerged log, causing them to be thrown from the boat. Riley was pulled under the water by the current and did not resurface.
A third pulse of salmon is currently passing through Pilot Station. Their runs are expected to meet pre-season estimates of 130,000–175,000 kings and 1.3–1.8 million summer chum.