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December 22nd, 2017 | Staff Report Print this article   Email this article  

Troopers seek information on morning attack

By Shady Grove Oliver

The Arctic Sounder

Alaska State Troopers are seeking information about an attack that happened in the Northwest Arctic village of Kiana over the weekend.

On Dec. 17, troopers were contacted about an assault in the early morning hours on Sunday. Following an investigation, they found a group of people "attacked an individual on a dark street."

The victim was injured, though the injuries were not life-threatening, officers said. At this time, they don't know how many assailants there were, they noted. No information has been released about why the group jumped the victim.

Troopers are asking anyone who might know something about the attack to call their Kotzebue post at 907-442-3222.

Missing snowmachiner found safe near Kobuk Lake

By Shady Grove Oliver

The Arctic Sounder

A Kotzebue snowmachiner who was reported overdue on Dec. 17 has been found safe and unharmed.

Floyd Reed, 33, had been traveling from Buckland to Kotzebue along the snow trails, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Once Reed was logged in as late to return, troopers sent out two search-and-rescue teams by ground to cover the terrain between the village and the hub community.

Troopers also contacted an off-duty officer, "who had recently returned, in his personal airplane, from a weekend trip." The off-duty trooper said he had seen a single set of snowmachine tracks on Kobuk Lake, which is a popular recreation and subsistence area at this time of year.

With this new information, the search-and-rescue teams prioritized that area and were able to find Reed a few hours later.

"The Alaska State Troopers extend their gratitude to the ground teams and the Northwest Arctic Borough Search and Rescue coordinator for their efforts in locating Floyd," they noted in a dispatch.

Utqiaġvik holds house-decorating contest

By Shady Grove Oliver

The Arctic Sounder

It's time to pull out the lights and tack on the tinsel, because the holiday house-decorating contest has come to town.

The city of Utqiaġvik is holding a competition for best-decorated home this season. It began on Dec. 3 and will end on Dec. 28, just after Christmas.

Anyone can participate, and the city is asking those who want to enter their festive abodes into the lineup to fill out a registration form, so the judges know where to look. Forms can be found on Facebook or at city hall.

Any questions can be directed to Recreation Director Chris Battle at 852-5211.


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