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Young Hunters Walrus Summit to come to Nome

Close up of the face and tusks of a walrus.

The Young Hunters Walrus Summit, the first of its kind, will be held in Nome next month. “Our mission is very simple. It is to protect the pacific walrus conservation,” Vera Metcalf said.

NOAA administrator visits Nome

headshot of Richard Spinrad

Nome recently hosted NOAA’s administrator and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Dr. Richard Spinrad. In late August, Spinrad detailed NOAA’s goals that have particular relevance to Alaska.

NOAA and ABWC report on beluga whale survey

Beluga Whale

The 2022 beluga population aerial survey is complete. Now NOAA and the Alaska Beluga Whale Committee, or ABWC, can begin the number crunching to estimate the abundance of these important subsistence creatures.

Nome School district gears up for new year

Exterior building of Nome Beltz Highschool

As children in the Nome school district head back to classes this week, Nome Superintendent of Schools Jamie Burgess explained what the biggest changes are going to be for this coming school year.

Small Fire in Nome Quickstop

On Aug. 1, A small fire on Nome’s Front Street was quickly extinguished by the Nome Volunteer Fire Department or NVFD.

NOAA bottom trawl survey introduces new projects

Special projects for this year’s survey include Pacific Cod Tagging, investigations into cod and pollock fish condition, herring collection and an assessment of the levels of saxitoxins in algal blooms.

CDC reports racial disparity in COVID impact

The Liitfik Wellness and Treatment Center will eventually live in a new, two-story building across the street from the Norton Sound Regional Hospital (pictured), according to NSHC President Angie Gorn. Photo: Laura Kraegel, KNOM.

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (coauthored by a Department of Health and Social Services employee) found that Alaska Native people face disproportionate risks from COVID-19, compared to white residents in Alaska.