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Nome City Council Approves Budget for FY’ 2022

By KNOM Radio | June 16, 2021

The Nome City Council took care of business last night, approving a more than $13.5 million general fund budget of $13,647,220.39 for fiscal year 2022, along with six other city budgets on the agenda.

Josephine Bourdon Recognized by Alaska Legislature for Work in Revitalizing Native Culture

By KNOM Radio | June 15, 2021

Josephine Tatauq Bourdon was officially honored by the Alaska Legislature for her more than 30 years of public service to Nome and the Bering Strait Region. Bourdon was presented with a legislative citation during last night’s regular Nome City Council meeting.

COVID-19 Cases Identified in Unalakleet, Nome

By Catherine Rubano | June 11, 2021

On Thursday, a Nome resident tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus. Norton Sound Health Corporation says the virus was acquired through community spread.

Kawerak Celebrates Ten Years of E-Waste Recycling

By Catherine Rubano | June 10, 2021

After being cancelled last year due to the pandemic, Kawerak was able to celebrate ten years of their E-Waste Program by collecting over ten thousand pounds of old electronics.

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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

Close-up of a white Nome Police Department vehicle.

Man Forcibly Arrested Outside Hansons, No Body Camera Footage Exists Say Police

By Emily Hofstaedter | April 30, 2021

Police arrested twenty-year old Javen Slwooko of Gambell in the Hansons grocery store on an active arrest warrant. He was mandated to return to the Seaside Center after completing his shift at Hanson’s on Friday, April 23rd but did not– prompting authorities at Seaside to notify the Nome Police for Slwooko’s arrest.

Backend of Nome police car.

Nome’s Public Safety Commission Approves New Use of Force Policy

By Colin O'Connor | March 5, 2021

Nome’s Public Safety Advisory Commission convened this month to discuss the drafted use of force policy. After several cancelled meetings due to COVID-19, and failing to make quorum, the commission did meet on Monday for the first time since October of 2020.


Environment & Climate

Mild Temperatures and North Winds Contribute to Low Sea Ice Extent in Bering

By Davis Hovey | January 25, 2021

Sea ice extent in the Bering Sea was at record low levels at the end of 2020. And with recent strong northerly winds combined with mild temperatures, sea ice coverage in the Bering Strait region is still not ideal.

President Biden's hands sigining paperwork

“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.