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Hooper Bay Woman Killed in Homicide, Troopers Are Investigating

By Emily Hofstaedter | January 15, 2021 |

Alaska State Troopers determined that the death of an Alaska Native woman from Hooper Bay was a homicide.

Almost 300 Total COVID-19 Cases in Norton Sound, Governor Extends Disaster Declaration

By Davis Hovey | January 15, 2021 |

With the two newest cases, there are 299 confirmed COVID-19 cases in total in the Norton Sound. Ten of those are currently active while 289 are considered recovered.

First Doses of Vaccinations Expanded in Nome, Active Case Count Continues to Rise

By Davis Hovey | January 14, 2021 |

Nome now has nine active cases of COVID-19 after two more residents tested positive on Tuesday.

Drug Market On The Rise In Western Alaska

By Colin O'Connor | January 13, 2021 |

Nome’s Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team had success in 2020 stemming the flow of illegal distribution of illicit drugs into the region. However, larger challenges remain in addressing substance abuse in Western Alaska.

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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

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.

Aerial image of dark blue water, a field of ice chunks, and a small vessel involved in search-and-rescue efforts.

White Mountain Search and Rescue Successful, But Travelers Beware

By Colin O'Connor | December 9, 2020

White Mountain Search and Rescue Team successfully rescued an overdue snow machiner outside of White Mountain on Monday, after rough trails left him stranded. Public safety officials warn of poor travel conditions outside of the White Mountain area.


Environment & Climate