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Koyuk man charged with fatally shooting his father

Winter in Koyuk. Photo: KNOM file.

January 3, 2024 Ava White, News Reporter A Koyuk man is charged with fatally shooting his father Saturday in the village of roughly 300 people. According to a charging document, the defendant told Alaska State Troopers he’d been smoking marijuana and blacked out before the shooting. According to an online trooper dispatch, 35-year-old Franklin Adams […]

Two Nome residents arrested in an ongoing drug investigation

Anvil Mountain Correctional Center. Photo: Margaret DeMaioribus; KNOM.

January 2, 2024 Ava White, News Reporter A coordinated sting operation between Alaska State Troopers and the US Postal Service resulted in the arrests of two people in Nome last week (Dec. 29). The arrests stopped a large drug shipment headed for the Nome region. Nome residents, 43 year-old Toby Ernst and 35 year-old Evonne […]

Nome’s ALSC office is prioritizing public benefit cases

The Alaska Legal Service Corporation (ALSC) office in Nome, which offers free legal advice, is prioritizing certain cases and emergencies until February (Feb. 1) due to a surge of SNAP cases. ALSC Deputy Director, Maggie Humm, said it’s not unusual for their offices to prioritize certain types of cases. Right now, they’re prioritizing ones involving […]

Woman arrested for trying to smuggle illegal drugs and alcohol

A Trooper vehicle parked in Nome. Photo Credit: Davis Hovey, KNOM (2017)

A woman was arrested in Nome last week (Dec. 20) for attempting to smuggle alcohol and illegal drugs to Savoonga, a village located on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. Savoonga is a “dry” community, which means it’s illegal to possess and import alcohol and marijuana. According to Alaska State Trooper dispatch, the Western […]

The Arctic is warming, and this year was one of the warmest

The Arctic has been warming much faster in recent decades, but this year, it experienced its warmest July on record. This year was the sixth warmest year the Arctic has seen in over a century’s worth of data (since 1900). The Arctic Report Card is an annual update sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

ACCAP working to create more understandable documents of past events

White and dark grey building next to snowy airstrip at Nome Airport.

The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy is working to create fact sheets of weather patterns and climate events. They’re working to make the fact sheets not only useful, but easy to understand. Caroline Erickson is a fellow for ACCAP and said the center is working to compile 50 years of climate data into […]

Nome artist nationally recognized in the 2023 Silver List

A Nome photographer was recognized on a list that highlights just 24 photographers in the country earlier this month. Jenny Irene Miller’s work has been featured in the New York Times and won awards from National Geographic. The Silver List is a collective of photographers representing a range of approaches to photography and different ways […]

El Niño’s contribution to delayed ice formation in the Arctic

Winter usually means a lot of ice for coastal Alaska, but ocean currents near the equator could mean things are looking different this season. Brian Brettschneider, a climate researcher with the National Weather Service, said El Niño is causing warmer water temperatures across the state, causing delayed ice formation along the Bering and Chukchi Seas. […]

Bodies of deceased snowmachiners working to be recovered, Troopers say

The bodies of two missing snowmachiners returning to Nome from Teller were found yesterday (Tuesday, Dec. 12) according to Alaska State Trooper dispatch. Search and rescue teams found the couple in the immediate area of where the snowmachine was spotted. Two Nome residents, 34 year old Charlene ‘Aupee’ Habros and 55 year-old Dustin Gologergen, were […]

2 missing snowmachiners found deceased near Nome

Update 8:30 a.m. Wednesday: Two missing snowmachiners returning to Nome from Teller were found dead Tuesday afternoon according to Alaska State Trooper dispatch. The victims were identified as Nome residents, 34 year old Charlene ‘Aupee’ Habros and 55 year-old Dustin Gologergen. Next of kin have been notified. Dispatch says Troopers became aware the pair was […]