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    I'm curious to know the whereabouts of a guy named Ray and his Dad (last name escapes me) that had an outfitting/flying business based out of Umiat. He was doing the lower 48 show circuit awhile back. Last I remember seeing him was about 10 or so years ago, maybe more. I remember his big thrill was flying the rivers looking for fossil teeth and ivory after the spring meltoff. Very cool, some of the relics and stories he had.

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    -Steve

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    Martentrapper?? I figured you would at least remember hearing of the guy, even if you did not know his current status. I also remeber that Ray used to do game surveys for g & f.

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    Don't know who your talking about. I've heard others tell of flying north slope rivers for fossil stuff, but never anyone named Ray.

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    I never was up there but I had friends who were regularly a number of years ago. I believe the man was OJ Smith and he had two sons who lived there also. They ran the weather station etc at Umiat.

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    Yes, it was O.J. Smith. He had two sons, one named Ray and I can't remember the other's name. O.J. died several years ago. I don't know what the boys are doing or where they might be doing it.

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    I flew with Ray Smith in '92, last i heard he went out of business a little while back as I was looking for him as well. I believe he use to fly a 207 on floats out of Umiat but lived in North Pole.

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