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Walrus bone research to inform marine wildlife protection

By Kyle Davis | September 16, 2021 |

Scientists researching walruses investigate bones as a method of measuring the impacts of the changing environment. This type of research on bones may open the door for more understanding and protection of marine wildlife.

Alaska Fisheries Science Center appoints first tribal research coordinator

By Catherine Rubano | September 16, 2021 |

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association hired its first tribal research coordinator for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center.

Buildings must be fixed or come down, Nome Common Council says

By Sean Milligan | September 15, 2021 |

The Nome Common Council Sept. 13 voted to declare three properties in the city public nuisances.

COVID vaccine booster shots available in Norton Sound region

By Sean Milligan | September 14, 2021 |

Norton Sound Health Corporation now offers COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to those at least six months past their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

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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.


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.