This winter’s commercial king crab harvest broke a new record with nearly 100,000 pounds harvested from Norton Sound. To put that in perspective, the previous record was 62,000 pounds in 2013.
Clark cites health reasons involving his parents as the reason for his unexpected resignation. Superintendent Shawn Arnold says his departure means a scramble to fill this administrative position late in the year.
After recent repairs to its autopilot system, the single helicopter that ferries mail and passengers to and from Little Diomede Island is up and running (though still waiting on weather).
Sandi Keller was named Teacher of the Year, Sylvia Matson is Educational Support Professional of the Year, and Richard Beneville’s retirement was toasted with poetry.
Today in Kotzebue a special graduation ceremony will honor the 2015 graduates of the Alaska Technical Center. ATC is an adult vocational school that specializes in job training for rural Alaska.
After a trip to Kotzebue, volunteer Jenn says, “Returning to Nome is always my favorite part, as if each trip outward draws me closer inward.”
A graphite deposit in the Imuruk Basin is looking promising, but as mining company Graphite One seeks to involve the communities, residents are worried about the impact on subsistence.
“It’s a way of teaching to get kids some authentic experiences and…put skills to work out in the community, where they matter,” said one teacher participant in the iTREC! program this year.
In order to balance their $14.3 million budget, Nome Schools will remove 5 full-time positions and dip $303,000 into fund balance. They continue to look for cost saving measures.
Anticipating a tremendous loss in state funding, Nome Public Schools expects to make difficult cuts over the next several years.