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“Milestone”: Reinstated Climate Plan Incorporates Indigenous Tribes and Their Knowledge

By Emily Hofstaedter | January 22, 2021 |

President Joe Biden passed several climate-related executive orders on his first day in office earlier this week. Among those is an order reinstating the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area, an Obama-era executive order that includes protections from off-shore oil and gas leasing in the Norton Sound and waters around St. Lawrence Island.

What to Expect When Traveling to Nome Based on City Requirements

By Emily Hofstaedter | January 22, 2021 |

The City of Nome continues to ask travelers coming from the Anchorage airport to practice quarantining to slow the spread of COVID-19. However with more people becoming fully vaccinated or having recovered from COVID-19, there are more options and sometimes more confusion than before.

Nome’s Oldest Mushing Organization Hosted 20-Mile Race

By Colin O'Connor | January 22, 2021 |

Nome Kennel Club hosted a 20-mile sled dog race on Saturday, with the requirements being a minimum of three mushers and each team having at least eight excited dogs.

Fire Caused by Electrical Heater in Nome Apartment

By Emily Hofstaedter | January 21, 2021 |

An electrical fire on Wednesday caused no injuries but did some significant damage to the apartment units at 603 Seppala Drive 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

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.

COVID-19

Woman wearing a bright reflective jacket and face covering standing outside COVID tent

What to Expect When Traveling to Nome Based on City Requirements

By Emily Hofstaedter | January 22, 2021

The City of Nome continues to ask travelers coming from the Anchorage airport to practice quarantining to slow the spread of COVID-19. However with more people becoming fully vaccinated or having recovered from COVID-19, there are more options and sometimes more confusion than before.

Environment & Climate

Norton Sound red king crab. Photo: Jenn Ruckel, KNOM

State of Crabbing in Norton Sound: Less Sea Ice, Fewer Crabs — and Fewer Crabbers

By Davis Hovey | February 21, 2019

The winter commercial crabbing season in the Norton Sound will begin February 25 with a quota less than half of its 2018 figure and a third of the 2017 quota. The decline in the observable crab population has been even steeper than expected, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Only two commercial crabbers have signed up for the season as of Thursday morning, which ADF&G says may be related to unfavorable fishing conditions: winter crabbing can’t happen without sea ice, and sea ice cover this year is “pretty poor,” says climate specialist Rick Thoman.

The beginning of a colorful sunset over the sea ice in Nome.

Storms Erode Bering Sea Ice Pack; Caution Is Urged

By Davis Hovey | February 12, 2019

Winter storms currently buffeting the Bering Sea have caused sea ice coverage to be reduced by almost 25% since late January. Ice cover is variable throughout the region, and extra caution and vigilance are urged for residents considering going out on the sea ice.