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Nome-Beltz Teacher Receives STEM Grant for Research Lab Kits, to Develop Young Scientists

By Sophia Desalvo | September 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

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.

Missing Nome Woman is “Loving” and “Stubborn,” Her Friends and Family Say

By Emily Hofstaedter | September 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Florence Okpealuk went missing at the end of August Since then, the community, police and the FBI have been looking for clues about her disappearance. KNOM reports on Okpealuk’s life before she went missing.

Six Cases of COVID-19 in Norton Sound Found in One Family, Origin of Spread Unknown

By Davis Hovey | September 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

A cluster of six new cases of COVID-19 has been identified in the Norton Sound region. Norton Sound Health Corporation announced Saturday night that the patients are all part of the same household.

State Change in Reporting Mandate Offers Faster Response in Child Abuse Cases

By Colin O'Connor | September 21, 2020 | 1 Comment

Alaska’s Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Statue took effect at the beginning of this month [Sept. 1st]. Kawerak’s mandated reporter says this is a positive adjustment, but more should be done to protect abused children.

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Profiles

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

Missing Nome Woman is “Loving” and “Stubborn,” Her Friends and Family Say

By Emily Hofstaedter | September 22, 2020

Florence Okpealuk went missing at the end of August Since then, the community, police and the FBI have been looking for clues about her disappearance. KNOM reports on Okpealuk’s life before she went missing.

State Change in Reporting Mandate Offers Faster Response in Child Abuse Cases

By Colin O'Connor | September 21, 2020

Alaska’s Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Statue took effect at the beginning of this month [Sept. 1st]. Kawerak’s mandated reporter says this is a positive adjustment, but more should be done to protect abused children.

Nome’s Sexual Assault Kits Will Be Tested Faster Following $40,000 Donation

By Emily Hofstaedter | September 18, 2020

Kawerak, Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation, and Norton Sound Health Corporation are all pitching in to pay for testing of Nome’s back logged sexual assault kits. The total funds equal $38,295.

COVID-19

Nome's Jamie Yi crosses the finish line in White Mountain, 2017

Fall Sports Under COVID-19 Restrictions Begin in Nome and the Bering Strait Region

By Emily Hofstaedter | July 30, 2020

Both NPS and BSSD will be following recommendations from the Alaska School Activities Association. That includes adhering to social distancing, and asking students and coaches to wear masks when they can’t stay six feet apart.

Bering Strait School District School Board

Back to School Plans Being Worked Out for Bering Strait Region, New Teachers Arrive Soon

By Davis Hovey | July 29, 2020

Similar to Nome schools, BSSD will require all of its students and staff to get a daily temperature reading upon entering a school building, and wear a mask and or a face shield while inside the classroom.

Environment & Climate