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KNOM Update News

Ahead of the 2020 General Election, Here’s What Voters in Western Alaska Need to Know

By Colin O'Connor | October 23, 2020 |

The general election on Tuesday, November 3rd is ten days away. Western Alaskans have a few options to cast their vote this year.

Stebbins Sees Largest Outbreak of COVID-19 in Norton Sound

By Davis Hovey | October 22, 2020 |

Towards the beginning of this month, the community of Gambell had reached a total of 31 positive cases of COVID-19 locally. Now, in Stebbins, the local total of COVID-19 cases is up to 36.

Nome Port Commission Delays Decision on Thornbush Pad, Cost is ‘Out of the Question’

By Catherine Rubano | October 21, 2020 |

The Nome Port Commission discussed winter storage requests, updates on projects, and the continuing issue of the Thornbush Pad during their meeting last Thursday.

Jill Peters Joins Nome School Board, First Inupiaq Language Class a Success

By Sophia Desalvo | October 21, 2020 |

During last week’s regular meeting, the Nome School Board swore in new board member Jill Peters and discussed the new Inupiaq Immersion Program led by Kiminaq (Maddy) Alvanna-Stimpfle.

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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

Evak was escorted away from the airport in handcuffs by Nome Police. Photo provided by Carol Gales (2019)

Nome Woman Arrested After Confronting Governor at Airport

By Davis Hovey | March 28, 2019

During Governor Mike Dunleavy’s visit to Nome yesterday, which was one of his scheduled “roadshow” stops around the state, he was greeted at the airport by Brenda Evak, who was ultimately taken away in handcuffs for alleged disorderly conduct.

Photo: Matthew Smith, KNOM.

Public Safety in Rural Alaska Is Questioned as Dunleavy Proposes Cuts to VPSO Program

By Davis Hovey | March 15, 2019

Governor Mike Dunleavy says public safety across Alaska is his number-one priority, yet his actions to fulfill that commitment seem counterintuitive to some. KNOM highlights a recent incident in a Norton Sound community that sheds light on the challenges facing public safety in Western Alaska.


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.