As of Friday, backup phone lines and power systems were in use, but internet connections and other instruments at the Weather Service and FAA were not fully operational.
A program for subsurface blasting on land just west of Nome’s airport was first scheduled to close the airport for an hour a day during weekdays. Now the program will run seven days a week.
Removing the sales tax exemptions from local churches and nonprofits could bring in up to $300,000 a year, city finance officials say.
The council moved forward on issues related to realignment of the Center Creek Road and formal opposition to future liquor licenses, but heads butted on the upcoming marijuana initiative.
The old bridge over Nome’s Snake River was removed last week after decades of use, but the new bridge has issues related to lighting and how it intersects with adjoining roads that residents want addressed.
Federal officials visited Nome and Unalakleet Friday to get a first-hand account of the region’s transportation and infrastructure needs.
Aviation officials from across the state are visiting runways and airports throughout Western Alaska to gain an eye-witness understanding of rural aviation.
The first flight to Little Diomede since June took off at 11 a.m Friday. Regular service resumes Monday.
Helicopter flights to Diomede were suspended this week because a complicated system of state and federal subsidies expired.
For years agency reports have listed Shaktoolik as eroding with immediate need for relocation. But without government funding, little action has been taken and erosion has progressed. Now the people of Shaktoolik are taking matters into their own hands to protect their community.