“I am addressing my way of life,” subsistence hunter Walter Sampson said at a meeting last week in Kotzebue, expressing skepticism at the possibility of allowing sport caribou hunters back into Unit 23. “Putting food on the table for my family is important. I’m not worried about bureaucracy.”
In its July 25 meeting, the Nome City Council decided to begin the abatement process for five city properties it’s deemed unsafe. Also discussed: water quality along Lester Bench Road, a new Historic Preservation Commission, and the burning of trash within city limits.
“The very agencies that supported this effort are now finding themselves in disagreement on how to enact (it),” Charlie Lean said regarding the new hunting restrictions.
On Monday, the Nome City Council could opt to begin abatement proceedings for five properties in the city that are deemed either a fire or health hazard or a public nuisance.
The official report of a rural Alaska death with unknown causes wasn’t posted on the Alaska State Trooper dispatch until more than two weeks after the body was discovered.
Merna and Albert Sheldon left the community of Noorvik in a skiff on Monday, July 18th to go berry picking with a 4-year-old boy; they drowned as they were returning up the Kobuk River.
An informational meeting about an Elim rock quarry project took place on Thursday, followed by a tri-party meeting with the Elim city council, tribal council, and the Elim Native Corporation. The fate of the quarry is uncertain, and further meetings will be determined.
Stebbins took control over housing from the regional non-profit, hoping to speed up the building process, but it’s actually led to stagnation and overcrowding.
The Port Commission is focused on ongoing engineering projects this summer, including Snake River dredging and the development of the Thornbush Subdivision.
According to fish reports, 245,000 pinks were counted at the Shaktoolik River — and 744,000 at Unalakleet — on July 13th. Fishers may not have seen fish in those numbers this past weekend, but they’re soon expected to “shoot back up,” says ADF&G.