XC teams battle fog and terrain at State Championships

Over the past weekend, highschool cross country teams from across Alaska traveled to Palmer to compete in the last competition of the season, the ASAA State Championships. At the end of September (Sep. 30), the Nanooks cross-country team traveled to Bethel to compete in the 3A Big West Meet. The results revealed AwaLuk Nichols, Lauren…

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Official election results for Nome’s Municipal Election

Municipal elections in Nome take place at Old St. Joe's on Tuesday, October 3rd.

The preliminary results for the 2023 Nome’s annual municipal election are in. There were four candidates vying for four three-year terms, and two candidates for two-year terms. All positions were uncontested. A majority of the candidates were running for reelection.  A total of 204 ballots were cast. The official results were announced during a special…

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TERRA networks finish fueling after summer of outages

In Noorvik, the GCI tower juts up into the morning air. It is silhouetted against blue skies and partial clouds.

Crews are finished refueling internet and cell provider GCI’s TERRA Networks. That’s according to a press release the company published on Tuesday (Oct. 3).  The TERRA network consists of 22 towers that are self-sufficient for months at a time, but require annual refueling and maintenance. The towers provide connectivity to 84 rural communities and 45,000…

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ADF&G extends bull moose hunting through October 6

Bull moose sitting outside

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced a five-day extension of the State resident fall season for bull moose hunting in Unit 22(A) Central on Monday (Oct. 2) by registration permit hunt RM841.  According to the emergency order, the current reported harvest is below the estimated harvestable surplus, warranting the extension. The extension begins…

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Six Nanooks will compete in XC State Championships

Members of the Nanooks cross-country team have repeatedly broken personal records and run seasonal best times at various cross-country meets this season. Last weekend, the team traveled to Bethel to compete for a spot in the ASAA Cross-Country State Championships. On Saturday (Sep. 31), high school cross-country teams from Northwest Alaska gathered at ‘The Pit’…

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Revitalizing culture, one phrase at a time

Alaska is home to more than 20 Alaska Native languages, passed down and preserved for thousands of years. But over the last century the number of fluent speakers has declined as a result of colonization. One woman in Nome is using social media as a tool to teach the Inupiaq language.  Gail Smithhisler runs a…

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FTA awards $1.4 million to the Native Village of Unalakleet

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $3.25 million in grant funding for five Alaska Native Villages in a statement earlier this week. The money comes from the FTA’s Tribal Transit Program, and one village in the Bering Straits region is receiving over a million dollars.  The funding is part of a $9.9 million grant that will…

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Why a potential government shutdown isn’t alarming for Nome

Nome City Hall Building

The federal government is heading towards a government shutdown that could begin to affect millions of Americans in less than a week. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is working to find a compromise between the Senate and House over federal spending. But how would a government shutdown affect Nome? City Manager Glenn Steckman said if the…

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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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