Officials with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation estimate 200 to 300 gallons of home heating oil have spilled after the failure of a fuel filter gasket.
Walker’s administration is releasing $3.6 million in previously set-aside funds to start an environmental assessment of the 200-mile road to copper, gold deposits in the northwest.
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.
The Alaska Dept. of Transportation will close Nome’s airport between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m., Monday through Friday, starting this week and through June 1.
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.
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.