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Nome Council Plans to Expand COVID Relief, Support Black Lives Matter

By Emily Hofstaedter | September 28, 2020 | 1 Comment

The City of Nome still has hundreds of thousands of dollars in CARES Act funding to spend by December 31st.

School in Gambell Closes Amidst Community-wide ‘Hunker Down’ Notice

By Sophia Desalvo | September 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Gambell’s school has closed its doors to staff, students, and community members until Oct. 9th. That decision was made as a result of a recent 14-day “hunker down” notice imposed by the city.

COVID-19 Cases in Gambell More Than Double in a Week

By Davis Hovey | September 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

There are now 19 active cases of COVID-19 in the community of Gambell. Norton Sound Health Corporation announced today two new patients tested positive for the virus on Sunday, three on Saturday, and four on Friday.

Suspects Arrested & Others At-Large for Seasonal Cabin Break-ins, Potential Arson

By Colin O'Connor | September 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Alaska State Troopers and the Nome Police Department have seen their fair share of cabin crime for the month of September. Multiple incidents of break-ins, burglaries, and vandalism have been reported in the Norton Sound region.

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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

Diomede, Alaska

Diomede’s Outdated Water System Recovers Only Partially After Failure; Residents Make Do With Snow Melt and Run-Off

By Davis Hovey | April 26, 2019

Earlier this month, residents of Diomede had to rely on melting snow and run-off as drinking water for 11 days. The community’s running water was restored on Monday evening, but local experts say they aren’t out of the woods yet, as the system is still not fully functioning.

An aerial view of Nome, Alaska, its airport runways, and nearby mountains, covered in snow in late winter 2017.

Emergency Response Workshop Details Communication Shortfalls in Rural Alaska

By Emily Hofstaedter | April 25, 2019

The Arctic Domain Awareness Center came to Nome last Friday looking for answers: specifically, how rural Alaskans, particularly Alaska Natives, felt they were prepared to handle a major, weather-related crisis.


Gambell Has Ten Out of 12 Active COVID-19 Cases in the Norton Sound, Community-Wide Testing Underway

By Davis Hovey | September 24, 2020

There are now ten active cases of COVID-19 in the community of Gambell after Norton Sound Health Corporation announced yesterday that five new patients had tested positive in the region.

Environment & Climate