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Nanook Basketball Kicks Off Season Against Redington

The Nome Nanooks, in white, take on the Barrow Whalers, in purple, on the basketball court at Nome-Beltz Junior-Senior High School

The Nome Nanook basketball season started late last month with a varsity exhibition game versus Redington. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams played, with the boys’ team taking home a win to start their season. Pat Callahan, the coach for the boys’ basketball team, and Nome-Beltz activities director, says that he speculated they would barely…

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Western Alaska Broke Several Climate Records in 2019, Warmest Year for State

Sea ice in the Chukchi Sea

Alaska as a whole had its warmest year on record in 2019, along with the region of Western Alaska, and individual cities like Kotzebue and Bethel. According to the annual climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), released yesterday, the statewide average temperature last year was just over 32° Fahrenheit.  Climatologist Rick…

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UPDATE: Deceased in Nome Murder Case Identified As Suspect’s Girlfriend

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

*Update: According to court documents obtained by KNOM, Nome Police received a call from Tyler Shold of Nome saying that he had choked his girlfriend and believed he killed her. The woman was later identified as 24-year-old Anna Matoomealook, a shareholder with Olgoonik Corporation based in Wainwright. NPD Sergeant Marc Morris and Officer Elizabeth Jachim responded…

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Frozen Pipes in Shishmaref and St. Michael Delay School

A building under construction in a rural Alaska village

The holiday break has been extended for students in two Bering Strait School District (BSSD) schools at the start of the new year, because of frozen pipes. St. Michael cancelled school Monday and Shishmaref has told students to stay home until at least Wednesday of this week. According to a teacher in Shishmaref the classroom…

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Meet the First Newborn in Norton Sound for 2020: Bella

Norton Sound Regional Hospital saw its first baby of the new year delivered in Nome yesterday morning.  Bella Aria Wyman was born to parents John and Jocelyn Wyman of Nome just before 10am on January 5th. Although she came several days after the start of 2020, Bella arrived a week ahead of her due date…

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Nanook Wrestlers End Season With Five Placing at States

December 20th-21st, the Nome wrestling team sent eleven wrestlers to the state meet and were joined by a number of Bering Strait School District teams including Brevig Mission and Gambell as the 2019 wrestling season drew to a close. “We had five boys qualify and only one of the five guys was seeded, but four…

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