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Drop in sexual assault reports might not indicate less violence

By Sean Milligan | November 23, 2021

Reports of sexual assault in Nome are down about 50% in the first nine months of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. But it’s difficult to determine what exactly that means.

Norton Sound Region’s COVID-19 cases continue to be highest in Nome

By Miriam Trujillo | November 22, 2021

The Norton Sound region’s COVID-19 spike continues. On Nov. 18, NSHC identified six new COVID-19 cases in the Norton Sound Region. Four are in Nome, one is in Shishmaref, and one is in Unalakleet. Unalakleet and Shishmaref’s cases both are due to close contacts. Two cases in Nome are also from close contacts while the other two are from community spread.

NOAA’s Surface Trawl Survey reports extended low salmon population

By Miriam Trujillo | November 19, 2021

Salmon abundance is down and population distributions have changed, according to NOAA’s 2021 surface trawl survey. Besides focusing on salmon, the survey also examined aspects of Bering Sea life such as zooplankton, sediment, sharks, marine birds, pacific herring, capelin and saffron cod.

November sea ice extent best in Northern Bering since 2012

By Davis Hovey | November 17, 2021

As of today, sea ice in the Bering Sea has covered much of the Eastern Norton Sound, along the coastline of the Seward Peninsula except for an area in front of Nome, and started forming on the southern edge of St. Lawrence Island.

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Profiles

Silver Salmon Fry under microscope at Nome Elementary School.

Nome-Beltz Teacher Receives STEM Grant for Research Lab Kits, to Develop Young Scientists

By Sophia Desalvo | September 23, 2020

Dr. Anthony Husemann, a full-time science teacher at NBHS, received $5000 in grant money to serve as a mentor for Nome students to be able to conduct science research independently, as well as to develop STEM projects.

Public Safety

Black and white image of helicopter on the ground.

Coast Guard rescues overdue boaters on Sinuk River

By Miriam Trujillo | November 2, 2021

The watchstanders at the Coast Guard 17th district command center received a call, at 11 p.m. on Oct. 28, informing them of overdue boaters in need of aid on the Sinuk River near Nome, Alaska. The watchstanders directed the launch of an aircrew, Oct. 29, to bring the boaters survival supplies, and a helicopter crew to rescue the boaters later in the day.

COVID-19

The Liitfik Wellness and Treatment Center will eventually live in a new, two-story building across the street from the Norton Sound Regional Hospital (pictured), according to NSHC President Angie Gorn. Photo: Laura Kraegel, KNOM.

Norton Sound Region’s COVID-19 cases continue to be highest in Nome

By Miriam Trujillo | November 22, 2021

The Norton Sound region’s COVID-19 spike continues. On Nov. 18, NSHC identified six new COVID-19 cases in the Norton Sound Region. Four are in Nome, one is in Shishmaref, and one is in Unalakleet. Unalakleet and Shishmaref’s cases both are due to close contacts. Two cases in Nome are also from close contacts while the other two are from community spread.

Community spread causes Savoonga outbreak of over 100 COVID Cases

By Davis Hovey | November 9, 2021

Roughly 15% of Savoonga’s population was considered active with COVID-19 by Nov. 9. NSHC announced 115 positive cases in the community of less than 800 people on Monday. The newest 55 cases are considered community spread according to NSHC.

COVID-19 spikes in Savoonga as Nome cases decline

By Sean Milligan | November 3, 2021

Savoonga has just seen a major spike in COVID-19 cases. Norton Sound Health Corporation reported identifying 70 new cases of COVID-19 in Savoonga over the weekend of Oct. 30. On Nov. 2, NSHC announced a total of 113 active cases in the St. Lawrence Island community.

Environment & Climate

NOAA’s Surface Trawl Survey reports extended low salmon population

By Miriam Trujillo | November 19, 2021

Salmon abundance is down and population distributions have changed, according to NOAA’s 2021 surface trawl survey. Besides focusing on salmon, the survey also examined aspects of Bering Sea life such as zooplankton, sediment, sharks, marine birds, pacific herring, capelin and saffron cod.

Aerial view of Unalakleet during winter, with open water along the coast.

November sea ice extent best in Northern Bering since 2012

By Davis Hovey | November 17, 2021

As of today, sea ice in the Bering Sea has covered much of the Eastern Norton Sound, along the coastline of the Seward Peninsula except for an area in front of Nome, and started forming on the southern edge of St. Lawrence Island.