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Over 3,000 Norton Sound Residents Taken One Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

By Davis Hovey | January 25, 2021 |

While COVID-19 cases continue to climb, so do the number of vaccinations in the Norton Sound. According to NSHC, more than a third of eligible residents in the region have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine at this point.

Council Will Discuss Trapping and Budget Audits in Regular Meeting

By Emily Hofstaedter | January 25, 2021 |

During tonight’s Nome Common Council regular meeting the council will discuss a resolution allowing for temporary animal trapping at Nome’s Inner Harbor. The resolution is likely a response to widespread community concern about a large and active fox population roaming the streets of Nome.

Mild Temperatures and North Winds Contribute to Low Sea Ice Extent in Bering

By Davis Hovey | January 25, 2021 |

Sea ice extent in the Bering Sea was at record low levels at the end of 2020. And with recent strong northerly winds combined with mild temperatures, sea ice coverage in the Bering Strait region is still not ideal.

“Milestone”: Reinstated Climate Plan Incorporates Indigenous Tribes and Their Knowledge

By Emily Hofstaedter | January 22, 2021 |

President Joe Biden passed several climate-related executive orders on his first day in office earlier this week. Among those is an order reinstating the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area, an Obama-era executive order that includes protections from off-shore oil and gas leasing in the Norton Sound and waters around St. Lawrence Island.

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Public Safety

Stack of papers and a rape kit supplies on a table.

Legislator Seeks to “Rewrite” Alaska’s Consent Law, Speed Up Rape Kit Testing

By Davis Hovey | January 19, 2021

Rep. Geran Tarr pre-filed House Bill 5 earlier this month which includes rape kit testing reform, further protections for underage victims of sexual abuse, and updates the state’s sexual consent law.

COVID-19

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Over 3,000 Norton Sound Residents Taken One Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

By Davis Hovey | January 25, 2021

While COVID-19 cases continue to climb, so do the number of vaccinations in the Norton Sound. According to NSHC, more than a third of eligible residents in the region have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine at this point.

Woman wearing a bright reflective jacket and face covering standing outside COVID tent

What to Expect When Traveling to Nome Based on City Requirements

By Emily Hofstaedter | January 22, 2021

The City of Nome continues to ask travelers coming from the Anchorage airport to practice quarantining to slow the spread of COVID-19. However with more people becoming fully vaccinated or having recovered from COVID-19, there are more options and sometimes more confusion than before.

Environment & Climate

Mild Temperatures and North Winds Contribute to Low Sea Ice Extent in Bering

By Davis Hovey | January 25, 2021

Sea ice extent in the Bering Sea was at record low levels at the end of 2020. And with recent strong northerly winds combined with mild temperatures, sea ice coverage in the Bering Strait region is still not ideal.

President Biden's hands sigining paperwork

“Milestone”: Reinstated Climate Plan Incorporates Indigenous Tribes and Their Knowledge

By Emily Hofstaedter | January 22, 2021

President Joe Biden passed several climate-related executive orders on his first day in office earlier this week. Among those is an order reinstating the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area, an Obama-era executive order that includes protections from off-shore oil and gas leasing in the Norton Sound and waters around St. Lawrence Island.

Map of Bering Strait surface

High Frequency Radar Sites in Wales and Shishmaref, Could Help Track Debris and Save Lives

By Catherine Rubano | January 21, 2021

New technology in Wales and Shishmaref that utilizes high frequency radar is collecting important data about the Bering Sea’s ocean currents. That data could help track debris, improve weather forecasts, and even save lives.