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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

COVID-19 spikes in Savoonga as Nome cases decline

By Sean Milligan | November 3, 2021

Savoonga has just seen a major spike in COVID-19 cases. Norton Sound Health Corporation reported identifying 70 new cases of COVID-19 in Savoonga over the weekend of Oct. 30. On Nov. 2, NSHC announced a total of 113 active cases in the St. Lawrence Island community.

Second COVID-related death in region as Nome tops 100 active cases

By Sean Milligan | October 29, 2021

Norton Sound Health Corporation on Oct. 28 reported a second death due to COVID-19 in the Norton Sound and Bering Strait region. While only the second death in the region overall, it is also the second death this month.

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.