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Ballot Measure 2 Promises to Overhaul Alaskan Elections For Better or For Worse

By Sophia Desalvo | October 28, 2020 |

The three components encompassed in Ballot Measure 2 are increased campaign financing disclosure requirements, a top-four primary election open to all Alaskan voters, and ranked choice voting.

Ballot Measure 1, The Fair Share Act, Would Increase Taxes on Certain Oil Fields

By Catherine Rubano | October 28, 2020 |

In this year’s election, Alaskans will weigh in on two ballot measures. The first is the North Slope Oil Production Tax Increase Initiative, also known as Ballot Measure One.

Community Hunker Down Continues in Stebbins as COVID-19 Cases Spike

By Davis Hovey | October 27, 2020 |

Stebbins has reached 40 total cases of COVID-19 following four new patients testing positive locally yesterday. It has been three weeks since the local outbreak began with a cluster of 12 cases.

Profile: Challenger Alyse Galvin and Incumbent Don Young Ahead of Election

By Emily Hofstaedter | October 26, 2020 |

Voting for the 2020 General Election concludes in about a week and Western Alaskans are currently deciding who they want to represent them in the U.S. House of Representatives..

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Diomede’s Outdated Water System Recovers Only Partially After Failure; Residents Make Do With Snow Melt and Run-Off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


Environment & Climate

Bering Strait Region Sees More Debris from Russian Side, But Source Still Unknown

By Catherine Rubano | October 17, 2020

In late July, foreign debris began to wash up on Bering Strait shores. Almost three months later, NOAA and local groups are working together to determine which vessel is the source of the trash.