Governor Walker’s disaster declaration will give nearly $3 million to Savoonga and Gambell to repair damage left from late 2016 winter storms.
Gambell’s Rodney Ungwiluk spoke with KNOM’s Elder Voices in 2009, sharing stories of his life on St. Lawrence Island.
State officials and the Red Cross were in Savoonga over the weekend, helping to assess the extent of local damage and weighing next steps for recovery from the New Year’s storm.
Preliminary reports suggest that St. Lawrence Island communities Gambell and Savoonga may have suffered different degrees of damage from this weekend’s storms.
The blizzard currently battering western Alaska is but the first of two storm systems to affect the region this weekend, the National Weather Service says. The second is projected to arrive New Year’s Eve.
Along with 6-12 inches of new snow, severe winds, and whiteout conditions, a blizzard coming to Western Alaska may “mobilize” chunks of Bering Sea ice and lead to coastal flooding.
Ora Gologergen was born in Gambell in 1916. Hear tales of her childhood from stories she shared during her 2008 interview in Savoonga.
A Savoonga Village Police Officer reported Harlan Kingeekuk missing four days after he left on a four-wheeler to visit an archaeological dig site. He never made it to the St. Lawrence Island site; his body was recovered Thursday evening with signs of apparent hypothermia.
“It’s an honor to help bring this long journey to a positive end,” stated Director Neil Kornze of the Bureau of Land Management.
A new law in California bans the sale of all ivory products, including walrus ivory.