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This story by Ben Matheson was originally published by KYUK, and was republished with permission.
Bethel musher Pete Kaiser won his seventh Kuskokwim 300 title Sunday afternoon, outpacing a field of top mushers on the notoriously unpredictable Kuskokwim River trail.
The Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race is back to normal. There are no COVID-19 restrictions in place, the trail will follow the traditional route, and winter weather seems to be normal for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta area.
As of last week, 23 mushers are signed up for Alaska’s premiere mid-distance sled dog race, the Kuskokwim 300!
Nome’s deep draft port project was originally scheduled to have 95% of its final design set by the beginning of December 2022. As the new year has begun, that benchmark has been delayed. The upside is the port project is getting a financial boost.
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On Jan. 27, Ocean Knowledge host Megan Onders breaks open fish and fishing research related to the marine environment of the Bering Sea with several guests: UAF Ph.D. student Austin Flanigan, UAF Research Engineer Hank Statscewich, Liang Wu who is a doctorial candidate in International Shipping and Seafarer Studies at CUNY, Indigenous People’s Council for Marine Mammals Chairman Mike Miller, and NOAA Research Biologist Kathi A. Lefebvre, Ph.D.
It was a Unalakleet Elder who encouraged Francine Hopson to become Kawerak’s Tribal Land Management Services program director. “Someone needs to help our people,” the Elder told her.
39 year old Bo Adams of Nome was reported missing on Tuesday morning but seen later that day by Alaska State Troopers flying overhead. More than 24 hours afterwards, Adams was located deceased, and his family is questioning why help didn’t arrive in time to save him.
Although no deaths have been reported as a result of this past weekend’s major storm, one person is now stranded in the Solomon area with no way to get himself back to Nome.
On Aug. 1, A small fire on Nome’s Front Street was quickly extinguished by the Nome Volunteer Fire Department or NVFD.
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.
COVID-19 has entered its endemic phase in the Norton Sound and Bering Strait region, NSHC Medical Director Dr. Mark Peterson said. That’s where the virus exists at a fairly consistent level within a population as a part of everyday life.
The Nome Common Council at Monday’s meeting voted down a proposed ordinance that would have changed the legal hours to sell alcohol in the city.
Environment & Climate
Western Alaskans have an extra two weeks to apply for state and federal disaster assistance as recovery efforts from ex-Typhoon Merbok are still ongoing in various communities.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration is providing $9 million to pay for needed repairs in Western Alaska. FHWA released the emergency relief funds on Oct. 6 to help cover the cost of damages incurred by the remnants of Typhoon Merbok.
JT Sherman with Sitnasuak Native Corporation called on listeners for help cleaning up Nome campsites.