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NSHC Pauses Johnson & Johnson Vaccines

By Kevin S. Fox | April 13, 2021 |

Norton Sound Health Corporation is pausing its use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as a precautionary measure due to an extremely rare side effect of blood clotting that has occurred in a small number of patients nationwide.

Concerns About Accessibility Extends BSNC Vaccination Deadline

By Emily Hofstaedter | April 13, 2021 |

Bering Straits Native Corporation will still mandate employees receive vaccinations, but the corporation will lift the previous August 1st deadline amidst questions about accessibility.

Bering Straits Native Corporation Uses History to Inform Vaccine Mandate

By Emily Hofstaedter | April 8, 2021 |

Bering Straits Native Corporation will join other institutions around the country in requiring its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 1st.

“Game-Changing” Study Uses Genetics to Study Beluga Whales

By Catherine Rubano | April 7, 2021 |

Researchers can now use the epigenetic information taken from beluga skin samples to determine their age.

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Disparities in Sexual Assault Crimes in Nome


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

Stack of papers and a rape kit supplies on a table.

Legislator Seeks to “Rewrite” Alaska’s Consent Law, Speed Up Rape Kit Testing

By Davis Hovey | January 19, 2021

Rep. Geran Tarr pre-filed House Bill 5 earlier this month which includes rape kit testing reform, further protections for underage victims of sexual abuse, and updates the state’s sexual consent law.

Empty seats inside the Nome jury box

Alaska Criminal Justice System Continues to Disproportionately Affect Marginalized Populations

By Colin O'Connor | December 30, 2020

Within Alaska’s criminal justice system, the poor and vulnerable have experienced the greatest impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. KNOM reports on what those in the court system are saying about those affected.


Environment & Climate