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.
The Federal Subsistence Board has closed Unit 23 to outside hunters this fall, but the yearlong ban hasn’t cleared up the controversy or confusion surrounding the hunt.
On Wednesday, the state officials asked the Federal Subsistence Board to reconsider the yearlong closure, which goes into effect on July 1.
The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies held a meeting in Nome to start the revision process, which will take about a year.
Court documents allege 28-year-old Johnny Nazuruk broke into a home in the Kobuk River community, waited for a woman to walk by, attacked her, and dragged her inside the broken-into house against her will
In Wednesday’s News: Heavy rain and lack of drinking water in Kivalina prompts disaster declaration; Rain and high water threaten bridges, mining operations in other northwest…