It’s harvest time at the community garden in Nome. The garden next to the Nome Food Bank is finishing up its first season. Despite the late start in July, founder Cheryl Thompson says community gardeners successfully sprouted broccoli, cabbage, mizuna, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, radishes, onions, swiss chard, turnips and peas. Hear more from KNOM Reporter [...]
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Unalakleet Elementary School’s fifth grade class is growing salmon. Melissa Towarak’s class is participating in a 4H classroom incubation project, which brings fish eggs and refrigerated tanks into Alaskan schools to help kids learn about the anatomy and life cycle of salmon. The Unalakleet students kicked off their yearlong incubation project last Friday with a field [...]
At the close of the Arctic Imperative Summit, the announcement was made just yesterday that Arctic sea ice this summer has hit a record low. With the opening Arctic Ocean, much of the discussion the past few days has been centered around developing the Arctic sustainably. In his closing remarks to the summit, former North [...]
Nome-grown sisters Lynn Hicken and Kim Knudsen are publishing a cookbook celebrating local food called Nomemade. Many of the recipes are inspired by their mother, Thu Lan, who is from Vietnam. While celebrating local ingredients like blueberries, moose, crab and salmon, many of their recipes have an Asian influence. The cookbook will be available on [...]
Wooly mammoths once roamed across Europe, Northern Asia, across the Bering Strait and throughout Alaska and Canada. But they mostly disappeared from North America around ten thousand years ago—and around four thousand years ago, they had vanished entirely. But why?
The Caleb Lumen Pungowiyi Scholarship program offers 5 thousands dollars per semester for 4 registered tribal members from the Norton Sound, the Northwest Arctic, and the Arctic Slope regions. The scholarship deadline was originally the end of July, but that deadline has been extended to Friday, August 10th.
For the past two years, Greg Mitchell has been fighting a one-man crusade against Nome’s litter. He’s walked Nome’s streets and scoured its beaches picking up cigarette butts, plastic bottles, pop cans, and more.
Recently, though, Mitchell’s been getting help. Calling it a “community beautification project,” he’s been accepting volunteers between the ages of 8 and 12 to help him in his fight against garbage. Parents sign a waiver granting their kids permission to pick up trash, while Mitchell provides safety gear, a trash bucket, and more. The first hour is free—Mitchell calls it the civic “honor hour”—but after that, Mitchell pays the kids in cash or in donated items like movie tickets. He says it gives kids something to do during the summer, helps keep the community clean, and even deters would-be litter bugs.
Incumbent Neal Foster is running against Chalkyitsik’s Woodie Salmon in a democratic primary this August to determine who will represent the newly-expanded House District 39. Foster, born and raised in Nome, has been district 39’s representative since 2009, but the state’s redistricting has significantly changed the size of that district: it now spans from the [...]
Woodie Salmon wants to be your representative for House District 39. He’ll be running against incumbent Neal Foster in a democratic primary this August. Salmon served as a house rep in the old district six for six year, representing interior communities, as well as communities along the Kuskokwim and Yukon rivers. Salmon was a pilot [...]
The bar-tailed godwit will later migrate from Western Alaska to New Zealand without stopping. It will travel five to seven days straight. While a majority of bar-tailed godwits nest in Asia, some raise their young in Alaska – from Bethel to Barrow. Nome’s resident expert birder Sister Alice Sullivan explains characteristics of the “unique marathon [...]
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