The goal of the IMO’s Polar Code is to “provide for safe ship operation and the protection of the polar environment.” Kawerak’s marine advocate, Austin Ahmasuk, emphasized that “the Polar Code doesn’t make the Arctic absolutely risk free, but it is a gigantic step forward to address the demands that are placed upon ships in polar waters…”
Preliminary reports suggest that St. Lawrence Island communities Gambell and Savoonga may have suffered different degrees of damage from this weekend’s storms.
Along with 6-12 inches of new snow, severe winds, and whiteout conditions, a blizzard coming to Western Alaska may “mobilize” chunks of Bering Sea ice and lead to coastal flooding.
Through your support, a recent episode of KNOM’s Story49 featured a young man from Unalakleet, Alaska, whose training in Alaska Native Youth Olympic games helped turn him into a competitor on the nationally-televised show “American Ninja Warrior.”
“We were very pleased when he (President Obama) actually issued this executive order — that, among other things, it formally mandates that the federal government include us in deliberations that impact the marine environment,” said Melanie Bahnke, the President of Kawerak.
The Coast Guard is expected to return to Kotzebue in Summer 2017.
“I think that there’s actually a great deal of cooperation between Russia and Alaska or Chukotka and Alaska that we’re often not aware of,” The Executive Director of The Institute of the North, Nils Andreassen remarked.
Join the many who chose to jump into the Bering Sea for Nome’s annual Polar Bear Swim on this episode of Dearest Alaska.
A Norwegian tanker carrying over 14 million gallons of fuel ran aground near Nunivak Island last week.
From a stranded seal to a dangerous hole in Yukon River ice, recent stories from KNOM’s news department offer a special glimpse into what makes Western Alaska so unique — and, at times, so challenging.