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Posts by Ben Matheson

Profile: Nome-Beltz’s New Principal

Scott Handley will be the new Nome Beltz Principal this fall after current principal Steve Gast moves to a district office position. Handley has spent the past three years as a principal and teacher in the community of Nanwalek on the Kenai Peninsula. Handley grew up in South Dakota and spent most of his prior…

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Profile: Grace at the Garbage Dump

Former KNOM news reporter Jesse Zink has published a book about his time as a missionary in South Africa. Grace at the Garbage Dump explores his work and experience in a poor community. Zink helped patients struggling with HIV and AIDS, worked in microcredit programs, and tutored English students. He says cultural understanding was an…

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Profile: Nome Safety Fair

Nome Emergency Service providers and Norton Sound Injury Prevention will host a Safety Fair in Nome this Saturday at the Nome Elementary School parking lot. Bike safety and registration will be areas of focus. Presenters will also address gun and boating safety. Ambulance crews will be on hand with emergency planning information. The Safety Fair…

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Dial it in

When you’re in an urban area, you can scan the radio and stumble across dozens of stations. As a big radio fan, I love working the dial, and can fumble around for hours. But in a remote area like Nome with very few radio stations, it’s a bit more interesting (and thrilling) to pick up…

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Update News: Friday, May 11, 2012

Alaska Supreme Court orders redistricting board to amend plan for 2012 elections; Elim city council has not decided whether to canvass vote to go damp; Coast Guard medevacs 3 fishermen exposed to ammonia; governor signs bill outlawing texting while driving; Parnell names Probasco to Board of Game; and an Anvil City Science Academy artist in residence helps students create Tlingit performance art.

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It’s Melting

After a couple false starts, spring is in full swing. With light until midnight and temperatures hitting 40 degrees, the snow is rapidly disappearing. I took the opportunity to hike a nearby hill with my friend Wes. The hike is pretty straightforward: walk uphill and try to avoid the deep snowfields. That said, we were…

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Update News: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Councilman Anderson questions Mayor Michel’s decisions on GO bond for causeway extension; Nome Port Commission tasked with accommodating increased vessel traffic in harbor; Diomede residents may again get weekly helicopter service; Nenana Ice Classic over, clock stopped at 7:39 p.m. Monday.

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Update News: Friday, April 20, 2012

Local fishermen ask Nome Port Commission for support and space this summer; Legislature passes bill addressing in-state sex trafficking; Senate restarts gasline discussions; Holy Cross native corporation expresses support for city council; and Shishmaref sled dog races begin.

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Update News: Thursday, April 19, 2012

NSB police shoot Barrow man; voters in Holy Cross re-elect city council members; kidnapping charges filed in the death of Samantha Koenig; Alaska Legislature begins special session; Nome’s main runway to close for two weeks this summer; Nome-Beltz Drama Club to present play this weekend; and a Smithsonian researcher will speak about 19th century ivory drill bows and the related oral histories.

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Get Lost In Maps

Maps are a hot commodity in Nome. It takes a little bit of work to get the information you need about a given trail, address, or mountain peak. You can try with Google Maps, but the information is pretty thin, and sometimes it will place Nome dozens of miles from where it is. That’s one…

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