After some delays, with Phase 1 of the three-phase project nearing completion, Quintillion’s subsea cable will come to land in six communities — Nome, Kotzebue, Point Hope, Wainwright, Utqiagvik, and Prudhoe Bay — later this year at an undetermined date.
In Lavish Style, Entourage of Chinese Tourists and Crew Runs Its Own “Iditarod”
A group of Chinese tourists mushed the Iditarod Trail this month, aided by a large entourage of trail staff and a bevy of specialized gear. Most of them had never seen snow before.
“Whether it’s the people who race or the people who come to watch,” Tyler says, “Iditarod’s energy will always be enough to keep this armchair musher at the edge of his seat.” At Iditarod’s end, Tyler and his fellow volunteers chat about the Last Great Race.
Senate Bill 91 is the first bill Governor Walker signed into law in 2017. It allows the State of Alaska to use federal funds for distributing naloxone. Also, two mushers from this year’s Iditarod sled dog race brought attention to the opioid epidemic by carrying opioid overdose rescue kits in their sleds along the trail.
During discussion of the third draft of the revised budget, Superintendent Shawn Arnold announced that the budget deficit had increased. “Without the youth facility, with the way the funding formulas work, it’s over $400,000 lost to our budget.”
Once the quota of 37,260 pounds is reached, Norton Sound’s red king crab CDQ fishery is set to close for the season. That should happen today (Wednesday), capping off a fast and successful winter crabbing season with a record-high catch price ($7.75/lb.).
Maggie shares stories of gathering berries and greens with her grandmother and memories of subsistence: seining for fish, gathering tom cod, and whaling for beluga.
On a clear, chilly day in Elim, community members gathered in the fire hall for some unusual entertainment. It was no movie or sports game available for viewing that day. Instead, people could watch their own pets being operated on.
Since 1999, Nome’s Volunteer Ambulance Department, the only ambulance service in town, has been overseen by the City. But now, another entity is considering operating their own ambulance service.
Led by senior Kiah Charlie, the Scammon Bay Eagles finished out a perfect season on top of clinching the championship. Gambell fell 39-79 to the Ninilchik Wolverines.
Among the special awards at the Sunday banquet were two given to Jessie Royer: the Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award and the Most Inspirational Musher Award.