Gast says this decision was a difficult one, but due to family matters he will move back home to Texas to be with his children at the end of the semester. The last day of his contract is December 31.
The city’s top priority is continuing with ongoing water and sewer upgrades, but even modest projects are uncertain in the face of a potential $3 billion deficit due to falling oil prices.
The Paul Johnson Memorial Norton Sound 450 sled dog race, which was canceled last year but is scheduled to run in full this February, has one musher officially signed up: Iditarod finisher DeeDee Jonrowe, who mushed the Norton Sound 450 inaugural race in 2012.
If you’re hoping to buy a piece of city land, bids are due at 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon. About two-dozen plots of “surplus property” are up for sale by the City of Nome—otherwise unused, these lots could generate money for the city both in sale and future property taxes.
Savoonga’s postal worker resigned mid-November, and now the St. Lawrence Island community of 700 has been without regular postal service for almost two weeks.
AT&T is planning for a 4G cellular network in Nome; GCI plans to roll out 3G service in Nome and Unalakleet by Dec. 15.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association is working to protect a “critical habitat” for the Arctic ringed seal, a threatened species native to Alaskan waters.
Starting next spring, researchers will be on the ground in four communities with VPSOs to gather their thoughts on how the program can be most successful.
In all, an extra $50,000 will be spread among the race’s top five finishers.
With Alaska’s oil revenues shrinking in the face of falling oil prices, a mining road across the Interior that would end at a copper deposit near Ambler is among many projects being reassessed.