Nome City Council members review budget items. Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM.

If passed, one ordinance would authorize the Nome City Council to lease a tract of land near the Nome airport to the Federal Aviation Administration for eight years, at a cost of $1,806.39 annually. The second ordinance that could pass tonight is set to vacate the right of way in a section of Block 96 that intersects with Tobuk Alley.

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City of Nome Council Chambers. Photo: Margaret DeMaioribus; KNOM

At Monday’s council meeting, City Manager Tom Moran said Nome is currently projected to be almost $2 million “in the hole” for FY ’19. Those numbers could change, as the City budgets are not finalized yet. Also on Monday, both council members and Nome citizens supported postponing a resolution on improving local responses to sexual assault, so that the wording of the resolution can be revised.

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Nome Police investigators examine the truck that caught fire in the parking lot of Old St. Joe's.

According to Nome Police, the vehicle’s sole occupant at the time made it out of the pick-up with the help of bystanders. Gasoline was smelled at the scene, and a gas can was found in the truck.

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