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Trawl Survey Results Show Northern Bering Sea In Flux

Blue and white boat on the water

Norton Sound Red King Crab are moving, Arctic cod numbers have dropped significantly, and Pacific cod are continuing to increase as the Northern Bering Sea ecosystem undergoes drastic change. That’s all according to preliminary results from NOAA Fisheries’ trawl survey this summer in the Northern Bering Sea (NBS). KNOM’s Davis Hovey has more: Before Lyle…

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Port Secures $2-Million to Repair Crucial Boat Ramp

Port of Nome

The Port of Nome is moving forward with a repair project for the Inner Harbor launch ramp after a $1.69 million grant from the federal government.  Port Director Joy Baker says the ramp was built in 2005 and primarily is used for launching larger fishing vessels, dredges, and to ship cargo. “It’s seen a great…

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Wet October in 2019, Possibly Wettest Year for Nome

Rusty ruins of old steam locomotive surrounded by water and mist

Nome and the Norton Sound region experienced a wet and mild October, with temperatures four to six degrees above average in some places. Climate specialist Rick Thoman, with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, says last month in the gold rush city was the second wettest October for Nome in the past 110…

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Animal Resource Center, Smokehouse & Inn, Native Artwork Business Coming to Bering Strait Region

Strips of salmon drying at camp before they can be smoked. Photo: KNOM file.

Three new businesses, including a smokehouse-inn combo, are set to get off the ground by summer of 2020 in Western Alaska. All of them are supported by Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC) grant funds and seek to fill gaps in their respective communities. KNOM’s Davis Hovey highlights this year’s three Small Business Initiative winners…

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Sea Ice A Long Ways Off From Western Alaska

With a poor start for ice forming in northern Alaska waters this season, the latest climate forecasts predict sea ice may not reach Western Alaska until December. According to the National Weather Service, sea ice has started to form along the upper coast of the North Slope on the Chukchi side, as well as in…

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Suspected Burglar From AC Store Break-In Arrested

Block letters spelling "POLICE" on the side of a Nome Police Department SUV.

The main suspect for a recent break-in at the Nome Alaska Commercial Company store has been taken into custody. Nome Police announced earlier today that 19-year-old Christopher Gandia was arrested *Monday the 21st (a previous version of this story mistakenly said the arrest took place on Sunday, that has now been updated) and remanded to…

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Pete Kaiser Among First Mushers to Enter 2020 K300

Pete Kaiser in an orange parka, moments after his 2017 Kuskokwim 300 victory

Yesterday (Oct. 14th), a handful of mushers signed up for the 2020 Kuskokwim 300 on the opening day of registration. Among them, was four-time K300 winner and 2019 Iditarod champion, Pete Kaiser. According to race staff, the first four mushers to sign up yesterday were Dennis Kananowicz, Wade Marrs, Nicolas Petit, and K300 rookie Dave…

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