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Archive for May 2013

How to Fight a Dementor Attack

It’s not just me, long standing Nomites agree as well: it is too cold, snowy, and miserable in Nome for this to be spring, even by Alaskan standards. Well, duh. That’s because this is not a matter of temperamental Alaskan weather or global warming. This is obviously a full blown Dementor attack. Think about it.…

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Update News: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

In Tuesday’s news: Kuskokwim fishermen trial resumed Monday in Bethel; Alaska unveils plan to determine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s oil and gas potential; Obama administration approves Alaska’s request for No Child Left Behind waiver; Alaska volcano eruption prompting regional airlines to cancel flights to nearby communities; Kenai couple has only winning ticket in this year’s…

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Update News: Monday, May 20, 2013

In Monday’s news: Searchers in Northwest Alaska continue to look for two missing since Wednesday; State emergency workers report major flooding in community of Circle; Arctic Council recognizes need for Arctic oil spill preparation; Longterm unemployed in Alaska about to see reduction in unemployment benefits; Nome’s Kendra Nichols-Takak is recipient of 2013 Rasmussen Foundation emerging…

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Update News: Friday, May 17, 2013

In Friday’s news: Arctic Council grants observer status to six non-Arctic nations; Winter weather hanging on as summer approaches (see graph below); Nome officials promoting boat, bike and firearm safety and more at tomorrow’s Safety Fair.  

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Being Social

There’s a funny thing that happens in small towns – you get to the point that you can’t walk around town without running into someone you know. And, since it’s a small town, you walk around a lot. Even when Mayvember weather hits. (And, recent news sources close to home have suggested that Mayvember may…

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Kawerak Mapping Hunters and Elders’ Knowledge

With sea ice receding and shipping traffic on the rise, maritime organizations have begun developing policies to regulate shipping and development in the Bering Straits. Many in the region are concerned. They fear those policies will ignore subsistence hunters’ needs. Kawerak is doing something about it. Kawerak is compiling traditional knowledge of walrus and seal habitats.…

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Update News: Thursday, May 16, 2013

In Thursday’s news: More money needed for Richard Foster building in Nome; Wasted carcasses of musk oxen near Kotzebue forces closure of subsistence hunt this year; Grassroots campaign gathering signatures for referendum to repeal Senate Bill 21; Nome senior Dominique Hall signs letter of intent to play basketball at NW Indian College.

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Update News: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

In Wednesday’s news: U.S. Senate expected to pass sweeping bill today authorizing dozens of water projects; Norton Sound winter commercial king crab fishery closing for season today; Eleven new students will be attending Anvil City Science Academy in Nome next year; Scientists say small lava flows have been detected on two restless volcanoes in Alaska.

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Sounding Board: Oil Tax Cut

This week on Sounding Board (Thursday, May 16 at 10am), we’re talking about the oil tax cut. The bill narrowly passed the legislature in April. Critics have begun collecting signatures for a referendum to repeal the controversial measure. Proponents say the tax cut will encourage production and boost Alaska’s economy. Opponents say it will devastate…

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