The goal of the IMO’s Polar Code is to “provide for safe ship operation and the protection of the polar environment.” Kawerak’s marine advocate, Austin Ahmasuk, emphasized that “the Polar Code doesn’t make the Arctic absolutely risk free, but it is a gigantic step forward to address the demands that are placed upon ships in polar waters…”
The US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) sent a team to Nome last week to evaluate economic strategies for the Bering Strait Region.
Before tonight’s regular meeting of the Nome Common Council at 7:00pm, a work session will be held to discuss a potential low income housing project in Nome. By the end of the regular meeting, Mayor Beneville is expected to appoint Raeshawndra C. Jett to the planning commission.
“We just evaluated it (Rock Creek Mine) and decided that in the near term, the best move for Bering Straits was to reclaim the land and get the mine back to a stable environment,” Dan Graham said of BSNC and its subsidiary, Alaska Gold Company, which reclaimed the Rock Creek Mine site.
Victor Karmun and Greta Schuerch started their terms on the National Park Monument Subsistence Resource Commissions on October 26th. Ronald Huffman will begin his new term on the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council on November 10th.
A panel of representatives from Arctic indigenous communities will address the International Maritime Organization in London on Wednesday afternoon.
“I think that there’s actually a great deal of cooperation between Russia and Alaska or Chukotka and Alaska that we’re often not aware of,” The Executive Director of The Institute of the North, Nils Andreassen remarked.
SeaShare donates over 200,000 pounds of seafood a year throughout Alaska as a way to help improve nutrition through the food bank network. Jim Harmon, the Executive Director of SeaShare, says he was excited to accompany the fish shipment to Kotzebue earlier this week and Nome on Wednesday.
Recycling is a complicated and often-unwieldy — but still important — task in the Alaska Bush. That’s why we’re happy to spread the word about Nome’s annual e-waste recycling event — and why we participate ourselves.
The school board also approved the purchase of a new vehicle for the Nome Elementary School and a technology upgrade for the entire district.