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Ballot Measure 2 Promises to Overhaul Alaskan Elections For Better or For Worse

By Sophia Desalvo | October 28, 2020 |

The three components encompassed in Ballot Measure 2 are increased campaign financing disclosure requirements, a top-four primary election open to all Alaskan voters, and ranked choice voting.

Ballot Measure 1, The Fair Share Act, Would Increase Taxes on Certain Oil Fields

By Catherine Rubano | October 28, 2020 |

In this year’s election, Alaskans will weigh in on two ballot measures. The first is the North Slope Oil Production Tax Increase Initiative, also known as Ballot Measure One.

Community Hunker Down Continues in Stebbins as COVID-19 Cases Spike

By Davis Hovey | October 27, 2020 |

Stebbins has reached 40 total cases of COVID-19 following four new patients testing positive locally yesterday. It has been three weeks since the local outbreak began with a cluster of 12 cases.

Profile: Challenger Alyse Galvin and Incumbent Don Young Ahead of Election

By Emily Hofstaedter | October 26, 2020 |

Voting for the 2020 General Election concludes in about a week and Western Alaskans are currently deciding who they want to represent them in the U.S. House of Representatives..

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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.

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Environment & Climate

Another Climate Record Broken: May, 2020 was Nome’s Warmest May Ever

By Davis Hovey | June 2, 2020

Nome residents have now experienced the warmest May in the city’s climate history. According to one climatologist, the average temperature of almost 46° for the month broke the previous record from more than 35 years ago.

Bearded seal on Alaska sea ice

Research Cruise on Ice Seals Postponed As Bering Strait Region Looks for Answers to Unusual Mortality Event

By Davis Hovey | May 28, 2020

Even without researchers coming into the region from the outside, local and regional stakeholders are moving forward with an investigation into what caused five times the normal number of seals to wash up dead in the Bering and Chukchi seas since 2018.