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Dear Friend… (April 2022)

As daylight returns to Western Alaska, the work resumes. After long winter months of shoveling snow and chopping firewood, we emerge with strong backs and renewed vision for what the future can hold. In March, the Iditarod race returned to Nome, bringing with it guests from near and far. The excitement in town was palpable: […]

Remembering A Life of Service

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The community of Emmonak mourns the loss of a leader and pioneer, Martin Moore Sr. With 26 years in public life, he served his community and state in many ways: as state legislator, city manager, mayor, and as a beloved husband, father to four, grandfather to 23 and great-grandfather to 23. Emmonak’s acting city manager […]

Subsistence Schedules Spark Summer School Survey

A committee comprised of students, staff, parents, and the schools’ administration members, as well as tribal and local representatives, have spent months drafting a new academic calendar for the Nome School District. To find the best solution, the committee surveyed teachers, staff, and students to find what they prefer. The response blew organizers away. “About […]

Village of Diomede Sees Complete Overhaul

A landscape of Diomede, Alaska, in wintertime: a small airplane sits on a runway made of ice, with village houses nestled at the base of a steep hill in the background.

The village of Diomede, perched on a small rocky island, is one of the most remote communities in Western Alaska. This summer, the village leadership is taking drastic steps to help their community survive. Currently, leaders say their lack of essential services make Diomede living challenging. “We still have to haul our own water. We […]

Joint Military Exercise Brings 150-Person Contingent to Nome

National Guard members from all over the state, and some from other states, recently descended on Nome for a large-scale military exercise. Lt. Colonel Eric Marcellus, the joint task force commander, said the exercises were aimed at emergency response in Arctic conditions. Specifically, they were training for a scenario in which Alaska is struck by […]