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ACLU claims City of Nome is withholding information, Nome wants Hardy’s lawsuit dismissed

By Davis Hovey | January 26, 2022

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.

Nome Port Commission asks for increased gravel rate, more city funds for deep draft port design

By Davis Hovey | January 25, 2022

Nome’s Port Commission is requesting slightly increased gravel rates and over $1.5-million to advance the design of the Deep Draft Port. The City Council will make the final decision on these matters during its upcoming meetings.

Arctic Eagle military exercise to visit Nome

By Davis Hovey | January 21, 2022 |

In about one month’s time, Nome is slated to host a multitude of military personnel from the Alaska National Guard and various agencies as part of a joint-military exercise called Arctic Eagle.

COVID spike pushes Norton Sound past 200 cases

By Mary Ryan | January 21, 2022

Active COVID-19 case numbers in the Norton Sound region surpassed 200 this week. Jan. 19 marked the second day in a row the region hit a record number of positive cases.

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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

The beginning of a colorful sunset over the sea ice in Nome.

Storms Erode Bering Sea Ice Pack; Caution Is Urged

By Davis Hovey | February 12, 2019

Winter storms currently buffeting the Bering Sea have caused sea ice coverage to be reduced by almost 25% since late January. Ice cover is variable throughout the region, and extra caution and vigilance are urged for residents considering going out on the sea ice.


Environment & Climate

Sikuliaq research cruise gets rare chance to study Bering & Chukchi Seas in November

By Davis Hovey | December 30, 2021

The final research cruise of 2021 came through the region in November. Scientists onboard observed a variety of marine mammals, saw sea ice growth in real time, and found evidence of a healthy ecosystem.

Welcome to Nome sign in winter time

White, wet Christmas for Western Alaska during exceptionally cold, stormy winter

By Davis Hovey | December 23, 2021

Nome and Western Alaska are on track to break a few climate records this winter. Following one of the top five coldest Novembers in climate history, the region is now facing its wettest December in decades.