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The trio of people lost when a four-wheeler went through thin ice near an open hole on Kuskokuak Slough near Bethel had been drinking and were warned not to chance the trip at night, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Lisa Demer

Dozens of volunteer searchers from three Western Alaska villages and the hub of Bethel traveled Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, by snowmachine, four-wheeler and truck to a dangerous open hole on an offshoot of the Kuskokwim River, looking for three travelers feared dead under the ice.

 

Lisa Demer
The 31-year-old father awoke around 4 a.m. and found his year-old daughter unresponsive, said a troopers dispatch posted online Monday.  Tegan Hanlon
Dozens of volunteer searchers from three Western Alaska villages and the hub community of Bethel traveled Sunday by snowmachine, four-wheeler and truck to a dangerous open hole on an offshoot of the Kuskokwim River, looking for three travelers feared dead under the ice.Lisa Demer
Little spruce trees from a family homestead in the Kilbuck Mountains tumbled out the back of a pickup truck Saturday as Jeannine Faulkner set up a casual Christmas tree stand outside Bethel’s Saturday market.Lisa Demer
Single police officers in Unalaska sometimes need to live on living room sofas in the absence of quality affordable housing, according to a report presented last week at a crowded special city council meeting on housing for everybody in general and city employees in particular.Jim Paulin
A volunteer-driven effort to give Bethel’s homeless a safe, warm place to sleep during the coldest months is regrouping after alcohol-related problems prompted the shelter to close after just a week of operation.Lisa Demer
Bethel’s new pool and fitness center passed a crucial fire suppression test early Friday and now can operate under normal hours for the first time since the Nov. 1 grand opening, the city announced.Lisa Demer
Giant slabs of ice, dangerous areas of open water and little snow along the Kuskokwim River are challenging winter travelers as well as organizers of Alaska's premier mid-distance sled dog race.Lisa Demer
For some students in rural Alaska, connecting the dots between schoolwork and a future career can be a challenge. But one aviation company is trying to spread the word that working hard in school can lead to a rewarding job flying Alaska's skies.Sean Doogan

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