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The Nome Common Council passed three new ordinances at its May 23 meeting designed to promote the construction of new rental housing in the city.
It looks like it’s going to be a fairly average year for pink salmon in the Norton Sound region, but a weak year for chum, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Jim Menard.
The final Nome Public School’s Board of Education meeting of the school year discussed graduation, past school trips and sports meets and future educational programs for students and teachers alike.
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Profile: Update from Senator Lisa Murkowski on COVID-19, State of the State Economy, and Rural Alaska
Last week, Senator Lisa Murkowski spoke with KNOM Radio about COVID-19 stimulus money, the coronavirus pandemic, and issues relevant to the Bering Strait region.
Profile: ‘Unserviced’ Communities Part 2 – Adapting to the Coronavirus Pandemic Without Water and Sewer
The Centers for Disease Control has recommended washing your hands regularly throughout the day to prevent the spread of germs. Many in rural Alaska, without running water, are left asking: how?
Profile: ‘Unserviced’ Communities Part 1 – Why Five Bering Strait Villages Don’t Have Basic Sanitation
Aging water systems, climate change, and federal and state bureaucracy continue to threaten the public health of Alaska Native villages across the Bering Strait region.
Nome Police arrested Isaac Ozenna Sr. on May 4 on multiple charges of sexual assault of a minor and coercion.
Bun Hardy receives apology and three-quarters of a million dollars in sexual assault case settlement from City of Nome
The city, former police chief John Papasadora and former police officer Nicholas Harvey all signed the agreement by Monday, March 21st.
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 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.
The Nome Common Council at Monday’s meeting voted down a proposed ordinance that would have changed the legal hours to sell alcohol in the city.
As of Feb. 16, Norton Sound Health Corporation reported exactly 200 active cases of COVID-19 in the Norton Sound and Bering Strait region.
Environment & Climate
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.
Sea ice extent in the Bering Sea has been up and down this spring. But within the last two weeks, sea ice models show a collapse of conditions.