Meet Dawn Ubelaker, Nome’s brand new — and already very busy — on-call animal control officer.
Nome’s ambulance department has a new arrangement with Norton Sound Health Corporation, a result of meetings and compromise between the NSHC administration and the City of Nome. It goes into effect May 1.
“Number one, I think that all emergency services in the City of Nome should be run by the City of Nome,” Tom Vaden said during Monday night’s City Council meeting. Councilman Stan Anderson suggested that Vaden attend a NSHC Board meeting and said, “I think the Board would love to hear from people like you and everyone else.”
Since 1999, Nome’s Volunteer Ambulance Department, the only ambulance service in town, has been overseen by the City. But now, another entity is considering operating their own ambulance service.
NSHC has received two grants worth $25,000 each from the State of Alaska to reduce recidivism, or the rate of inmates returning to jail over time.
Recent changes to Nome’s seasonal sales tax have altered the distribution of revenue from pull-tab (gambling) sales, sparking a debate over who needs pull-tab earnings more: local nonprofits, like the Nome Winter Sports Association, or the City.
“…there are things from the state protocol that we can implement. One is not bringing the roads down to the bare surface course…two is until -10 degrees running a water truck with calcium-chloride with a dirt truck behind it,” Tom Moran, the City Manager, said regarding Nome’s new dust mitigation plan for next year.
A City of Nome pickup truck was stolen Monday night, then found wrecked and abandoned Tuesday morning on the Kougarok Road. Currently, there are no known suspects.
Mayor Beneville spoke on behalf of Nome during Friday’s dedication to Franklin D. Okleasik at the Bonanza Fuel Tank Farm. Beneville stated, “The City of Nome expresses the gratitude of its residents to the family of Franklin D. Okleasik for his years of dedicated contributions to the community of Nome.”
36-year-old Joseph Balderas has been reported missing since Monday, June 27th. On July 4, troopers suspended their search “pending any new leads.”