The Nome high school boys’ basketball team are reigning state champions. The team was welcomed home with great fanfare and celebration. The team won the boys’ state basketball class 3A tournament by beating a private high school in Anchorage that was undefeated the entire season. It was a close game, and for the first three…

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“The kids just love learning about this, especially in the Lower 48, because it’s something so drastically different from their everyday life,” said Jim Deprez, the Iditarod’s 2022 “Teacher on the Trail”. Deprez, who hails from Ohio, told listeners that the race and the stories from it can be a huge inspiration in classrooms where…

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Exterior of Nome Beltz high school.

On the days leading up to the 2022 spring break, school was closed. The reason? Lack of staff. It wasn’t the first time in the school year a local school had to close. As of the beginning of April, Nome-Beltz Junior and Senior High School had nine unscheduled closures during the 2021–2022 school year. Anvil…

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After years of existing as a club sport, skiing is now officially a school-sponsored sport, as Nome-Beltz Ski/Biathlon Team. While Nome has had an active ski team for many years, being able to participate as an official school sport releases funding to buy extra equipment and get new uniforms. Coach Rosa Wright describes the 2022…

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As daylight returns to Western Alaska, the work resumes. After long winter months of shoveling snow and chopping firewood, we emerge with strong backs and renewed vision for what the future can hold. In March, the Iditarod race returned to Nome, bringing with it guests from near and far. The excitement in town was palpable:…

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The community of Emmonak mourns the loss of a leader and pioneer, Martin Moore Sr. With 26 years in public life, he served his community and state in many ways: as state legislator, city manager, mayor, and as a beloved husband, father to four, grandfather to 23 and great-grandfather to 23. Emmonak’s acting city manager…

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A committee comprised of students, staff, parents, and the schools’ administration members, as well as tribal and local representatives, have spent months drafting a new academic calendar for the Nome School District. To find the best solution, the committee surveyed teachers, staff, and students to find what they prefer. The response blew organizers away. “About…

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A landscape of Diomede, Alaska, in wintertime: a small airplane sits on a runway made of ice, with village houses nestled at the base of a steep hill in the background.

The village of Diomede, perched on a small rocky island, is one of the most remote communities in Western Alaska. This summer, the village leadership is taking drastic steps to help their community survive. Currently, leaders say their lack of essential services make Diomede living challenging. “We still have to haul our own water. We…

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