The constitutionality of Nome’s draft marijuana laws gave way to calls for visitors—and investors—for the city’s hopes at a deep-draft Arctic port.
Nome property taxes will drop from 12 to 11 mills as the city council ratifies an $11.3 million budget for the coming year.
More than 2,000 acres at the point could be transferred to Bering Straits Native Corporation, with several hundred-odd acre footprints for the U.S. Coat Guard and the State of Alaska.
The Corps plans a 2,100-foot extension of Nome’s causeway, the building of a new 450-foot dock, and expanding the port down to a depth of 28 feet.
With the fiscal year drawing to a close, the Nome Port Commission is considering potential rate hikes and revisions to the Port Tariff in 2015.
The city’s top priority is continuing with ongoing water and sewer upgrades, but even modest projects are uncertain in the face of a potential $3 billion deficit due to falling oil prices.
With the harbor shut down for winter, the Nome Port Commission focused on more long term projects.
Seeking a 22nd term as Alaska’s sole representative in the U.S. House, Young said during a recent trip to Nome that federal overreach threatens Alaska, and Alaskans.
For the Port of Nome, the imminent arrival of ice season means a hard stop to boat activity before the sea freezes over.
Balancing larger Arctic ambitions with more local, immediate needs—like running water and affordable energy—dominated the discussion Monday.