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The staging ground for a final clean up of the Project Chariot Site, 23 miles from Point Hope. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KNOM.

As Project Chariot Clean-Up Ends, Legacy Lingers for Point Hope

During the Cold War, the U.S. Atomic Energy Agency made plans to detonate nuclear bombs a few dozen miles from Point Hope. This summer, state and federal agencies are cleaning out what they hope are the last remnants from Project Chariot’s legacy, even as residents of Point Hope say they still feel left out of the conversation about what happens on their land.

The staging ground for a final clean up of the Project Chariot Site, 23 miles from Point Hope. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KNOM.

On The Plane Back to Kotzebue

Volunteer news reporter Zach finds himself in an airplane on a journey north, along with a few other news representatives from the state and the Department of Energy.

Dredges near Belmont Point at the mouth of the Snake River. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KNOM.

Costs of Nome’s Gold Boom Weighed by City, Chamber, Librarian

Criticism from miners has focused on a recent letter from city manager Josie Bahnke claiming “negative social impacts” from Nome’s offshore gold boom, but others, including the Nome Chamber of Commerce president, say they’re waiting for more information about the gold sector’s costs and benefits to town.