Rural communities — including Diomede, Kaltag, Kotzebue, and Nunam Iqua — have been chosen for a USDA water and sewer initiative.
Ten thousand pounds of donated halibut will help four communities affected by this spring’s poor walrus harvest.
When chilly conditions threatened to sour Lemonade Day, young business owners bundled up or moved their operations inside.
Now in its fourth year in the region, Lemonade Day involved nearly 300 children around the Bering Strait last year, bringing in more than $6,500 in earnings and another $2,500 in donations.
Graduation speaker Evita Samuels, 33, “died [Tuesday] at the [Diomede] school where she was staying,” Troopers said Wednesday. Foul play is not suspected.
After recent repairs to its autopilot system, the single helicopter that ferries mail and passengers to and from Little Diomede Island is up and running (though still waiting on weather).
Serving the people of Western Alaska takes one to incredible places. Father Ross Tozzi recently returned from an extraordinary, unexpectedly lengthy stay in one of our region’s most singular communities, and later this month, he’ll be traveling again: this time, out of Western Alaska, entirely.
For weeks on end in February, one of the most isolated communities on Earth was cut off from the outside world with the halting of its regular helicopter flights. As KNOM reported, there was “no way on or off.”
A single flight replenished essentials in mid-February, but with regular flights halted since January 22, Diomede is lacking for staples like drug prescriptions and mail.
Routine maintenance for the only helicopter providing flights to and from the Bering Strait island community of Little Diomede has left store shelves empty and essentials scarce.