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Search Ongoing for Elim Man Missing Since September

Elim in winter. Photo: KNOM File.

Volunteer searchers continue to look between Elim and Golovin for a missing Elim elder who was last seen on September 23rd. According to Alaska State Troopers, he wasn’t reported missing until October 3rd. Troopers believe 70-year-old Tommy Saccheus, Sr. tried to walk from Golovin to Elim by himself, a distance of approximately 28 miles. Trooper…

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New Domestic Violence Shelter Coming to YK-Delta

The community of Hooper Bay has never had a domestic violence shelter before but that is expected to change in January, 2020. At that time, shelter staff say they hope to be operating a 24/7 shelter to serve women and their children. Emma Smith, the Victims’ Services Coordinator for the Hooper Bay Victims Services Project…

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Results Show Pederson Elected to Utility Board

*Update: These elections results have been canvassed by the Nome City Council, as of November 7th, and are now considered official. Nome voted Larry Pederson to Utility Board Seat D after a run-off municipal election Tuesday. Out of 152 votes cast, Pederson took 98. His opponent, Gerald Hughes, had 54 votes. When the regular Municipal…

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Weatherization Services Get Budget Cuts, Effects in Western Alaska Uncertain

As winter closes in, and $5,000,000 for weatherization services has been cut from the state capital budget, there’s growing uncertainty about what access low-income Alaskans might have for making their homes safer and more energy efficient, especially in Western Alaska. KNOM’s Emily Hofstaedter reports: It’s late September and Leemon Carl is making marks on a…

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Heroin Intended for Nome’s Streets Seized in Anchorage

An Alaska State Trooper cruiser. Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM file.

Law enforcement seized over $10,000 worth of heroin that was bound for Nome Tuesday afternoon. According to the Alaska State Troopers, investigators stopped 28-year-old Quincy Iyatunguk of Nome at the Anchorage airport around 3:30pm and seized about 8.8 grams of heroin. Troopers say that amounts to approximately 88 individual doses. Iyatunguk had concealed the narcotics…

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City Council Could Bring High Schooler Into the Fold

Nome City Council Chambers. Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM file.

The Nome Common Council is departing from their normal schedule to have their regular meeting tonight rather than on Monday. Councilmembers plan to discuss having more youth involvement on the City Council and could approve a $5 million fuel note. For several months now, councilmembers and Nome citizens, including young people, have asked why the…

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Demonstrators Rally Against Mining Projects Outside of AFN

With so many of the state’s Native corporations gathered in one place during the annual Alaska Federation of Native convention, it can be an ideal time for a shareholder to make their voice heard. KNOM’s Emily Hofstaedter reports on the “Justice for the People, Justice for the Earth” demonstration against resource-extraction projects held outside the…

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