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Keith Gordon of the USACE presents the Donlin Gold mine EIS in Hooper Bay. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK)

Keith Gordon of the USACE presents the Donlin Gold mine EIS in Hooper Bay. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK)

Agencies continue traveling the Yukon Kuskokwim region, gathering public comment on the Donlin Gold draft environmental impact statement.

The US Army Corps of Engineers, the lead federal agency on the project, and AECOM, the environmental and engineering firm contracted to draft the document, traveled to Hooper Bay Wednesday to collect comment on the proposed open pit gold mine located about 10 miles north of the village of Crooked Creek and the Kuskokwim River.

About 30 residents from the coastal villages of Hooper Bay, Chevak and Scammon Bay attended the gathering where the majority of people supported the prospects of jobs but remained wary of the project’s environmental impacts. Read more →

(Left to right) Cody Pequeño, 24, and Cody Ferguson, 26, spell out their name for the Facebook page, "Can I Borrow." (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

(Left to right) Cody Pequeño, 24, and Cody Ferguson, 26, spell out their name for the Facebook page, “Can I Borrow.” (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Two men are using social media to celebrate Cup’ik and Yup’ik culture in the form of comedic videos.

Their Facebook page, “Can I Borrow,” has nearly 5,000 likes. Starting almost a year ago, it’s home to videos celebrating traditions and customs, with the goal of “healing through laughter.”

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Alaska State Trooper logo. Courtesy AST.

Alaska State Trooper logo. Courtesy AST.

A woman has reportedly died and two children are injured after a fire in the Southwestern Alaska village of Chevak, Thursday, October 22.
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A memorial to Roxanne Smart who was killed in Chevak, August 27th 2014.

A memorial to Roxanne Smart who was killed in Chevak, August 27th 2014. Photo by Daysha Eaton.

The community of Chevak in Southwest Alaska has been breathing a collective sigh of relief after the arrest of a man in July for the murder of Roxanne Smart. The 19-year-old was found stabbed to death in the middle of town last August. But  it was a tough year for the tight-knit Cup’ik community as they waited for law enforcement to make an arrest.

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Roxanne Smart. Photo Courtesy of Justice For Roxanne Smart.

Roxanne Smart. Photo Courtesy of Justice For Roxanne Smart.

UPDATE – 7/26 11:15 a.m.: Alaska State Troopers say a Chevak man has admitted to killing Roxanne Smart last summer. The announcement was made Saturday through an online dispatch that they had arrested 20-year-old Samuel Atchak, of Chevak. Megan Peters, a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers says investigators were waiting on lab results.

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Clinic Opens in Chevak

by Charles Enoch on January 28, 2015

The new clinic in Chevak. Courtesy of YKHC

The new clinic in Chevak. Courtesy of YKHC

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is having a grand opening for a clinic in Chevak today.

The 3.1 million dollar building replaces the old clinic, which YKHC officials say was undersized and not energy efficient. Construction began in the fall of 2013 and was completed last year.
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troopers, alaska state troopersAlaska State Troopers say there have been no arrests or charges in the death of a 19-year-old woman in Chevak. Roxanne Smart was found deceased on the ground a week ago near the community clinic.
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