School has been cancelled and the entire village of Kiana is on a lockdown Wednesday after two people reported injuries in the area.
The nature of the injuries have not been specified yet.
Kiana is over 55-miles east of Kotzebue and Alaska State Troopers are apparently on their way to a site about 40-miles northwest of the village.
The Anchorage Daily News is reporting that the lockdown was announced over VHF radio at 3:45 Wednesday morning.
Norman Eck, superintendent for the Northwest Arctic Borough School District, says no one is supposed to be outdoors except for troopers and those helping troopers. Everyone is being asked to remain in their homes.
It’s unclear if the incident is related to the disappearance of Kiana resident Teddy Kyle Smith on September 7th. As many as dozen troopers searched for Smith who was wanted for firing his gun after the death of his 74-year old mother Dolly Smith.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Noorvik was also locked-down and doors to the school were locked. But classes were still being held.
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