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Woman charged with murder, DUI in deadly crash near Yakutat

YAKUTAT, Alaska (KTUU) - A woman faces multiple charges including murder after a deadly crash near Yakutat on Saturday, according to a news release from the Yakutat Department of Public Safety. Erica Totland is charged with second-degree murder, driving under the influence and three counts of third-degree assault. The single-vehicle...
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In far out Yakutat, surfers say community is key

There are few places in the world where world-class waves meet unobstructed views of a temperate rainforest. For Freddie Muñoz, that’s just a small part of what makes surfing in Yakutat so special. “It’s pretty amazing when you can be in the water and you’re surfing, and you...
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Meeting the man behind Yakutat’s local radio station, KYKT

If you turn on your radio in Yakutat Alaska, there’s a 50% chance you’re tuned into KYKT. The local radio station broadcasts an eclectic mix of music, perfect for driving down the coastal village’s winding backroads. But unlike most community stations, KYKT doesn’t have a bunch of staff members and volunteers spinning discs. It’s run by one man: Lee Benson.
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In ‘far out’ Yakutat, surfers say community is key

Like any coastal Alaska town, Yakutat attracts thousands of tourists each year looking for their next big catch. But while most of them are looking for Halibut, and King Salmon, a select few are looking to catch something else: Waves. It’s my first day in Yakutat when I stumble upon...
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Jury returns mixed verdict in Yakutat killing trial

A jury on Friday found a man accused of a killing in 2018 guilty of manslaughter and second-degree murder, and not guilty of first-degree murder. The verdict came after three days of deliberation following a trial several weeks ago. John Stapleton, 50, was arrested in Yakutat on Oct. 14, 2018,...
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Jury deliberations last through second day in trial for Yakutat killing

Jury deliberation in a trial stemming from a 2018 stabbing death in Yakutat stretched into a third day with no verdict released as of Thursday evening. The trial began approximately three weeks ago, with closing statements from the defense and prosecution on Wednesday afternoon. The defendant, John Lee Stapleton, 50,...
Juneau Empire

Deliberation continues in 2018 Yakutat killing trial

Jury deliberation continued into Wednesday evening in the trial for a man accused of killing another man in Yakutat in 2018. Earlier in the day, lawyers presented closing statements before the jury retired to deliberate. The defendant, John Lee Stapleton, 50, is being tried in the killing of John Fergerson,...
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Governor issues state disaster declaration for Southeast storm

YAKUTAT, Alaska (KTUU) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a state disaster declaration Thursday after a series of storms dumped one to six feet of snow in areas of Southeast Alaska, with communities like Yakutat seeing building damage due to heavy snow. A wintry mix of snow and rain caused roofs...
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Yakutat declares disaster emergency after 1.8 m (6 feet) of snow, Alaska

The City and Borough of Yakutat in Alaska, U.S. has declared a local disaster emergency on January 11, 2022, after accumulating approximately 1.5 - 1.8 m (5 - 6 feet) of snow over the last several weeks. Yakutat is isolated and off the road system, and all local available resources had been exhausted.
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Yakutat declares local emergency, citing an imminent threat of roofs collapsing

The City and Borough of Yakutat declared a local disaster emergency on Tuesday, citing the imminent threat of roof collapse caused by dangerous snow loads throughout the Southeast Alaska city. Borough Manager Jon Erickson said Yakutat has gotten about 6 feet of snow over the past few weeks, causing school...
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National Guard troops headed to Yakutat to help with snow removal

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska National Guard troops will deploy to Yakutat to assist in the removal of snow in the Southeast community. That word comes in a release from the State Emergency Operations Center. The mobilization comes in response to the City and Borough of Yakutat's submission of a...
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Sporadic equipment failure is leaving some travelers stranded in Yakutat

A day trip to Yakutat turned into a three-night extended stay for one Juneau resident because of a weather station malfunction preventing planes from taking off. This is a recurring problem for the community that, for most of the year, is only connected through air travel. Juneau resident Norton Gregory...
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Yakutat village corporation delays board elections after criticism of its logging operations

Yakutat ’s village corporation has postponed its annual board election while it confers with its attorneys over what it says are “false accusations” over its logging operations. Yak-Tat Kwaan, Inc. has been criticized by some tribal and city leaders who believe that the corporation’s clear cuts threaten salmon streams and...