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The Norton Sound and Bering Strait region is currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases. NSHC identified 15 new cases in the region Oct. 13, bringing the total number of active cases in the region to 117.
The Nome Common Council met on Oct. 11 to swear in new council member Scot Henderson. Henderson replaces former council member Jennifer Reader, who chose not to run for reelection this year.
The Alaska Redistricting Board is on a grand tour of the state, inviting comments from the public to help them create the best possible electoral map for Alaska. On Oct. 11, they were at Old St. Joe’s in Nome, with six different proposed electoral maps on display.
The Nome-Beltz High School cross country team wrapped up the 2021 season with the state championship in Anchorage on Saturday, October 9
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Ongoing research is digging into the history of one of Alaska’s oldest archaeological sites.
Nome’s 2020 Municipal Election is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th. Although there are several seats up for grabs, only one has multiple candidates running for the same position: Nome’s Mayor.
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.
Travis Savetilik stepped into the role of Shaktoolik’s Village Public Safety Officer on July 12. He graduated from the Alaska Law Enforcement Training program in Sitka a month earlier.
A crew from the Coast Guard’s Air Station in Kodiak opened the seasonal forward operating location in Kotzebue as a response to warming waters and increased ship traffic in the Arctic.
Police arrested twenty-year old Javen Slwooko of Gambell in the Hansons grocery store on an active arrest warrant. He was mandated to return to the Seaside Center after completing his shift at Hanson’s on Friday, April 23rd but did not– prompting authorities at Seaside to notify the Nome Police for Slwooko’s arrest.
The Nome Common Council voted on Sept. 27 to extend the declaration of a local emergency in Nome in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new expiration date for the local emergency is Jan. 31, 2022.
The Nome Common Council Sept. 13 voted to declare three properties in the city public nuisances.
Norton Sound Health Corporation now offers COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to those at least six months past their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.
Environment & Climate
For the second year in a row, Bering Strait residents are finding foreign debris on their shores — and are still looking for the source.
Scientists researching walruses investigate bones as a method of measuring the impacts of the changing environment. This type of research on bones may open the door for more understanding and protection of marine wildlife.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association hired its first tribal research coordinator for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center.