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.
A power outage in Diomede last week saw the Bering Strait School District and the Alaska National Guard work to get an electrician on scene and power restored by Friday.
Voters of the Bering Strait and Norton Sound mirrored statewide trends in Tuesday’s primary, especially on Ballot Measure 1, but chose differently in the race for Lt. Governor.
Aviation officials from across the state are visiting runways and airports throughout Western Alaska to gain an eye-witness understanding of rural aviation.
Story49 pays tribute to the Little Sisters of Jesus as they prepare to leave Western Alaska. Sisters Damiene and Nermala reflect on their time in Nome, Diomede, and Anchorage.