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Avian flu outbreak affects wide range of species

By Sean Milligan | July 6, 2022 |

A new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza is spreading among wild birds in North America. While there are only a few confirmed cases in Western Alaska, the scope of the outbreak still has researchers concerned.

Nome Common Council renews city fee and fine rates

By Sean Milligan | June 30, 2022 |

The Nome Common Council voted on June 27 to approve the city’s schedule of fees and fines for fiscal year 2022.

Subsistence fishers request a decrease of salmon bycatch

By Miriam Trujillo | June 29, 2022

As chum and chinook salmon numbers dwindle in Western Alaska, salmon bycatch in the pollock industry was a main concern addressed by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, or NPFMC, from June 6 to 14.

CDC reports racial disparity in COVID impact

By Miriam Trujillo | June 28, 2022

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (coauthored by a Department of Health and Social Services employee) found that Alaska Native people face disproportionate risks from COVID-19, compared to white residents in Alaska.

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ACLU claims City of Nome is withholding information, Nome wants Hardy’s lawsuit dismissed

By Davis Hovey | January 26, 2022

The Alaska Civil Liberties Union has requested the U.S. District Court of Alaska hold the City of Nome in contempt of court and pay attorney fees on behalf of Clarice “Bun” Hardy. Meanwhile, on January 21st the City of Nome asked the court to dismiss Hardy’s case altogether.

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.

CDC reports racial disparity in COVID impact

By Miriam Trujillo | June 28, 2022

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (coauthored by a Department of Health and Social Services employee) found that Alaska Native people face disproportionate risks from COVID-19, compared to white residents in Alaska.

“We’re past the worst of it,” NSHC medical director says of COVID-19 pandemic

By Sean Milligan | April 21, 2022

COVID-19 has entered its endemic phase in the Norton Sound and Bering Strait region, NSHC Medical Director Dr. Mark Peterson said. That’s where the virus exists at a fairly consistent level within a population as a part of everyday life.

Environment & Climate

Federal Subsistence Board makes regulation changes to Units 22 and 23

By Miriam Trujillo | May 10, 2022

The FSB’s teleconference in April covered issues relevant to Units 22 and 23. Those topics included a decision to conserve Alaska hare in Units 22 and 23, a redefinition of Alaska hare, closures and rescinded closures in moose hunting, and a special action for musk ox permits.