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Mountain Village Man Charged With Murder

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

State Troopers report Alexie Walters, 34, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder following the death of his girlfriend. Walters allegedly assaulted multiple people in Mountain Village before barricading himself inside his home with 22-year-old Gertrude Queenie, who was later found dead.

Municipal Election Results Authenticated, New Councilmen Set To Be Sworn In

Sparks shakes Brown's hand during Spark's last City Council meeting. The former Councilman completed the "handoff" with Adam Martinson who will now hold Seat A on the Council. Photo Credit: Davis Hovey, KNOM (2017)

According to City Clerk Bryant Hammond, there were 661 ballots cast in this year’s election after ruling out questioned ballots. All five Councilmen present for the meeting voted in favor of canvassing the election results. Adam Martinson and Doug Johnson will be sworn in as Councilmen during the next regular meeting on Monday at City Hall.

Leadership Summit Keynote Urges Hope, Resolve In Native Community

Jorie Ayyu Paoli receives a standing ovation after her keynote speech (Photo: Gabe Colombo, KNOM, 2017)

Jorie Ayyu Paoli delivered the keynote address at the Kawerak Leadership Summit in Nome. “Our community — we’re like the willow,” she said. “You can cut the willow down, you can cut it back, to try and get rid of it, but if there’s even a shred of root, it will re-grow and thrive.”