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Two Rural Legislators Compete for District 39: Neal Foster and Tyler Ivanoff

By Emily Hofstaedter | August 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

House District 39, which includes the entire Norton Sound, parts of Interior Alaska, and St. Lawrence Island, has been represented by Democrat Neal Foster of Nome since 2009. During this year’s primary election, Foster has competition on the Democratic ticket from Tyler Ivanoff of Shishmaref.

KNOM’s Exchange: Three Superintendents From the Region Discuss Back to School

By Emily Hofstaedter | August 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Our regional school superintendents; Jamie Burgess, Gene Stone, and Bobby Bolen, joined KNOM this Friday [August, 14th] for a special hour-long episode of EXCHANGE.

Carol Seppilu: Running for Your Life and Hers

By Davis Hovey | August 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Within the last ten years, Seppilu has been actively running all over the Nome area. She loves to run, but she also runs for another purpose: to promote suicide prevention efforts

Three “Secondary COVID Cases” Appear in Nome Following Two Travel Related Ones

By Davis Hovey | August 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Three Nome residents have contracted the disease caused by the coronavirus through their contact with two other COVID-19 cases that were confirmed on Tuesday.

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Gambell Seamstress Keeps Knowledge of Traditional Siberian Yupik Sewing Alive

By JoJo Phillips | June 4, 2020

Published by Lydia Apatiki of Gambell, with support from Kawerak Inc., “Sivuqam Kelugwi: A St. Lawrence Island Traditional Sewing Curriculum” uses a symbiosis of technology and traditional knowledge to revitalize a forgotten art.

Public Safety

Results From 2019 Audit of Nome Police Not Yet Released, No Reason Given for Delay

By Emily Hofstaedter | August 12, 2020

Russell Consulting LLC visited Nome on November 5th, 2019 to externally review policing procedures, evidence collection, and other issues. Nearly ten months later, nothing from the audit has materialized.

Snow-covered, rural Alaska street on a partly cloudy winter day.

Stebbins Teacher Arrested for Explicit Messages Had License Previously Revoked for Other Offenses in Oregon

By Emily Hofstaedter | July 30, 2020

65-year-old Lon Dean Gillas allegedly used his Bering Strait School District Google account to discuss sex and ask for explicit photos from a minor. The underage girl did not live in Alaska.

Photo: Alaska State Troopers file.

Department of Public Safety Asks for Community Help With Domestic Violence

By Emily Hofstaedter | July 10, 2020

The Department of Public Safety is reminding Western Alaskans that they have resources to get help following reports of domestic violence related incidents that resulted in the death of five people in late June.


Environment & Climate

Mystery Of Dying Seabirds: More Starving Birds Found in Bering Strait Region for Fourth Consecutive Year

By Davis Hovey | July 24, 2020

Reports of dead seabirds found on the shores of Western Alaska are being documented again this summer. If numbers continue to rise, this would mark the fourth year in a row the Bering Strait region has seen a seabird die-off.