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The Alaska Bush Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints relies on teleconferencing to connect members in rural Alaska in services that span hundreds of miles.

JoAnne Knight
Bethel Search and Rescue officials say they believe they have found the body of George Evan, one of the two missing people believed to have fallen through the ice on the Kuskokwim River more than a month ago. The third ATV passenger, 27-year-old Sally Stone, remains missing.Megan Edge
Alaska State Troopers say the school in the village of Huslia was placed in lockdown Tuesday as local residents were exiled, and a letter issued by a tribal administrator said the village was putting its foot down "so that we may once again have a community that is safe and a better place to live."Associated Press and Alaska Dispatch News
The plan for the proposed 100-mile road to the remote area of Umiat has been axed by the state, leaving many North Slope residents breathing a sigh of relief.Jillian Rogers
In a remote Alaska village, the case of a white teacher accused of sexually abusing his Native students has left residents unsure why an investigation never resulted in criminal charges -- or any sort of explanation.Craig Medred
A little more than a month after a fire destroyed the Kivalina Native Store, shoppers are back to business but with only basic necessities, such as food, available.Jillian Rogers
Andrew Andrew, a 67-year-old man missing from Kwethluk since Jan. 9, was found dead near the village airport Thursday, Alaska State Troopers said. No foul play is immediately suspected.Associated Press
A fire that demolished an alcohol treatment center under construction in the Western Alaska hub of Bethel remains unsolved, and investigators are searching for fresh leads.Lisa Demer
The Aleutians East Borough Assembly unanimously passed a resolution opposing the nomination of the Aleutian Islands as a national marine sanctuary, a plan that would put more than half a million square nautical miles under federal protection.Dave Bendinger
The Coast Guard has begun accepting public comment on proposed vessel routes to the Arctic Ocean off western and northwest Alaska.Associated Press