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Nome’s Deep Draft Port among several Alaska projects to receive millions in federal funding

By Davis Hovey | January 20, 2022

Alaska’s Congressional Delegation announced yesterday that the Port of Nome will receive a quarter of a billion dollars for construction.

Mask mandate in effect for Nome as COVID cases surge

By Davis Hovey | January 17, 2022

As of this past Saturday, the City of Nome is again under a mask mandate. Nome’s City Manager Glenn Steckman issued an emergency order requiring people to wear face masks in all public places outside of their homes.

Governor’s Arts and Humanities Award recipient preserving Inupiaq dialect

By Davis Hovey | January 17, 2022

Roy Agloinga was a recipient of a Governor’s Arts and Humanities award last week for his work in education. But for decades, Agloinga has been preserving his region’s dialect of Inupiaq by recording and compiling phrases into an Inupiat Dictionary.

COVID cases surge in Western Alaska

By Davis Hovey | January 13, 2022

As of yesterday there are 125 active cases of COVID-19 in the Norton Sound region. More than half of those individuals are located in Nome.

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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

Black and white image of helicopter on the ground.

Coast Guard rescues overdue boaters on Sinuk River

By Miriam Trujillo | November 2, 2021

The watchstanders at the Coast Guard 17th district command center received a call, at 11 p.m. on Oct. 28, informing them of overdue boaters in need of aid on the Sinuk River near Nome, Alaska. The watchstanders directed the launch of an aircrew, Oct. 29, to bring the boaters survival supplies, and a helicopter crew to rescue the boaters later in the day.

COVID-19

The Liitfik Wellness and Treatment Center will eventually live in a new, two-story building across the street from the Norton Sound Regional Hospital (pictured), according to NSHC President Angie Gorn. Photo: Laura Kraegel, KNOM.

Norton Sound Region’s COVID-19 cases continue to be highest in Nome

By Miriam Trujillo | November 22, 2021

The Norton Sound region’s COVID-19 spike continues. On Nov. 18, NSHC identified six new COVID-19 cases in the Norton Sound Region. Four are in Nome, one is in Shishmaref, and one is in Unalakleet. Unalakleet and Shishmaref’s cases both are due to close contacts. Two cases in Nome are also from close contacts while the other two are from community spread.

Community spread causes Savoonga outbreak of over 100 COVID Cases

By Davis Hovey | November 9, 2021

Roughly 15% of Savoonga’s population was considered active with COVID-19 by Nov. 9. NSHC announced 115 positive cases in the community of less than 800 people on Monday. The newest 55 cases are considered community spread according to NSHC.

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.