Atka

Zoë Sobel / KUCB

 

Friday marks the end of Alaska's student count period, which determines how much funding public schools receive.

 

To get full funding, schools need at least 10 students. But at the Yakov E. Netsvetov school in Atka, there are only six. Unless four more students enroll, this will be the last year there's a school in Atka.

 

Zoë Sobel / KUCB

Seventy-five years after Japan invaded the furthest tip of the Aleutian chain, Attuans are returning home.

In 1942, there were 44 people living on Attu Island, nearly all Alaska Natives. They were taken as captives to Japan, where half of them died. And after the war, the federal government forbade them from returning.

But in August, a group of 11 descendants finally visited their ancestral home for the first time.

Driver in Atka Crash Charged with Manslaughter

Jun 23, 2016
Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB

 An Anchorage man faces felony charges after the van he was driving under the influence rolled, killing three people in Atka last Tuesday.

28-year-old Sonny Iloilo was driving nine employees of Atka Pride Seafoods on a straight stretch of road toward the airport when the vehicle drifted off the roadway. Alaska State Troopers say he over-corrected, causing the vehicle to roll multiple times.

According to Troopers, neither Iloilo nor his passengers were wearing seatbelts; and speed and impairment of the driver contributed to the fatal crash.

Deadly Car Crash In Atka

Jun 15, 2016
Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB

Update, 4:30 p.m.:

Three people have died and six more are injured after a passenger van rolled-over in Atka Tuesday night.

According to the Associated Press the deceased were all from Anchorage. 43-year-old Ray McCullough Jr., 51-year-old Mike Tunohun Jr. and 57-year-old Paul Nicholas Nesbit died in single-vehicle crash.

 Alaska State Troopers say they learned of the single vehicle crash just after 6 p.m. 

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