Last year’s winter was warmer than usual in western Alaska. This year, above normal snowfall may be headed our way.
Now passed in the US House and Senate, the WRDA bill could bring $1.4 billion to rural Alaska over the next five years.
“Any of them would be better than what we have… And it would cost less to do it yourself,” Mayor Blanche Okboak-Garnie said of three prototype water and sewer system demonstrations given at the WIHAH conference in Anchorage earlier this week.
A few months ago, KNOM’s Margaret DeMaioribus accompanied Nome parish priest Fr. Vince Burns on a day trip above the Arctic Circle: to the hub city of Kotzebue, Alaska.
While the visit was described as a “courtesy call,” Nome Mayor Richard Beneville said they did discuss the opening of the Arctic Ocean to international shipping.
In their first long-term lease above the Arctic Circle, the U.S. Coast Guard is coming to Kotzebue for the summer — and preparing for summers to come.
Some worry the Arctic could serve as the next stage for international conflict, but coast guards across the region are busy laying the groundwork for cooperation.
Nome’s harbor will host the U.S. Coast Guard, fiber optic cable vessels, and a steady stream of cruise ship passengers this summer.
Arctic Greens will harvest its first crop on June 21. Soon after, the produce will go on sale at Kotzebue’s AC store.
With a swipe of a smartphone, locals can submit their environmental observations, and there’s even an app aimed at preventing further change.