Western Alaskans remember Typhoon Merbok a year later

One year ago this week, much of Western Alaska was under flood and storm warnings as Typhoon Merbok transitioned into the Bering Sea. More than 1300 miles of coastline was hit, including more than 35 remote communities. One year after the storm, residents look back on the havoc that struck the state.  Typhoon Merbok hit…

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Cable break repaired after 14 weeks of internet outages

East Beach, Nome

Repairs are complete to a severed fiber optic cable affecting internet and cellular services to much of Northern and Western Alaska. GCI announced the repairs in an email to customers yesterday (Mon), 14 weeks after the cable was cut in an ice scouring event in the Arctic Ocean west of Prudhoe Bay. Many people in…

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Nanooks X/C bring fierce competition, creating new personal records

The Nome-Beltz Nanooks won the Nome Classic Invitational cross country meet this past weekend. Photo: Laura Kraegel, KNOM.

Intense competition gathered at Anvil Mountain on Saturday (Sep. 16) for the annual Nome-Beltz X/C Invite, which occurs mid-September every year. More than one hundred contestants competed in the 5K on the sunny Saturday afternoon. Twelve schools competing in the Invite represented the Bering Strait communities of Nome, Kotzebue, White Mountain, Shishmaref, Gambell, Savoonga, Shaktoolik,…

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ANTHC’s “Tell Your Heart Story” brings awareness to suicide prevention

September is National Suicide Awareness Prevention Month, and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) is encouraging residents of Alaska to participate in the Consortium’s ‘Tell Your Heart Story’ activities. Activities focus on self-care, improving overall mental health, and how to help others who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.  Each week is dedicated…

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HomePlate Apartments could move residents in by November

A project to build permanent supportive housing in Nome is making significant progress towards the building’s completion as winter quickly approaches in Western Alaska.  The HomePlate Apartments will provide housing for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. Chronic homelessness is described by NEST Director Shoni Evans as someone experiencing homelessness for three years or more. Nome Community…

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Nanooks X/C team makes personal records against Kotzebue

Fall sports are in full swing for high school students, and the Nome-Beltz cross country team started the season strong. The Mighty Nanooks cross country team experienced intense competition against the Kotzebue Huskies over the weekend (Sep. 8-9), with each runner achieving their fastest times of the season.  On Friday (Sep. 8), the Nanooks C…

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BSNC invests $2 million to Graphite Creek drilling project

A Canadian-based mineral exploration company is one step closer to developing the Graphite Creek Deposit – that USGS said could be the nation’s largest graphite deposit. That’s thanks-in-part to a 2 million dollar investment by Bering Straits Native Corporation. Even though the project is in the preliminary stages, Bering Straits said they are prepared to…

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Rep. Peltola addresses high energy concerns across the state

Solar Panels in Shugnak

Representative Mary Peltola held her inaugural tele-town hall meeting on Tuesday, August 29th, focusing on the exorbitant energy costs across the state and addressing public concerns regarding energy. The meeting, initially announced on August 9th, was recently updated to be exclusively phone-based, expanding accessibility to all Alaskans. Rural communities in Alaska contend with some of…

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Rep. Peltola schedules first tela-town hall meeting

Representative Mary Peltola is holding her first tela-town hall meeting on Tuesday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. The telephone-only conference will focus on the high costs of energy throughout the state and is open for registration.  Rep. Peltola announced her town hall meeting earlier this month (August 9th) but announced just days ago the conference…

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