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Charity Lewis Crowned Miss ANB 2024

Charity Lewis was crowned 2024’s Miss Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) at the pageant held on June 12. The event held at Nome’s Mini Convention Center showcased the cultural heritage of two contestants, Victoria Gray and Charity Lewis. Both participated in Miss ANB for the first time.  The pageant began with a welcome from guest MC […]

City of Nome Finalizes $17.9 Million Budget for 2025

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The Nome Common Council finalized the city’s fiscal year 2025 budget during its meeting on Monday, June 10. The approved General Municipal Fund Budget stands at $17,948,567.33, reflecting a slight decrease from the 2024 fiscal year’s amended budget. A $2,390,600.97 deficit is expected and will be financed through appropriations. Revenues Sales tax continues to be […]

Wednesday Night in Nome: Miss ANB Pageant Returns

The Miss ANB Pageant will be held at 7:00 p.m. June 12 at the Mini Convention Center in Nome. Organized by Janet Tobuk and her daughter Marsha Tobuk, the event highlights the traditions and cultural knowledge of contestants from the Bering Strait region.  This year all contestants are first-time participants, adding fresh enthusiasm to the […]

Nome Sets Record Temperature for June 10, Summer Outlook Unchanged

According to the National Weather Service a high of 77 degrees fahrenheit was documented at the Nome Airport. The sizzling temperature was a new all time record for June 10, previously held by 1928 when it reached 74 degrees. It was also the highest temperature in Nome since August 4, 2021.  According to Rick Thoman, Climate […]

UAF NW Campus Director Barbara Amarok Resigns

Updated 06/13/2024 with a statement from University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Indigenous Studies. Barbara Amarok, Director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus (UAF NW), resigned from her position on Friday, May 31. Amarok served as Director of the Nome-based campus since June 2019.  Amarok is an Inupiaq Alaska Native from Nome. After […]

Hyperspectral Cameras and High-Tech Buoys: Inside NOAA’s Arctic AIR Mission

A highly-specialized plane, a first-of-its-kind camera, and high-tech buoys are at the center of a project backed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The project called “Arctic AIR” is back in the Bering and Chukchi Seas this summer to conduct studies of sea ice retreat and phytoplankton. The researchers seek to better understand rapid […]

Nome Resident, Mt. Edgecumbe Graduate Headed to Harvard

From the tundra to the Ivy League- Nome resident and 2024 Mt. Edgecumbe High School (MEHS) graduate is heading to Harvard in the fall. Cash Arrington applied to 18 colleges in hopes of at least one admission. To his surprise, the most attractive offer came from the one school he wasn’t even expecting to say […]

Nome’s U-Call We-Haul Event Nearly Triples Trash Pickups

City of Nome employees Sean Norris and Brad Soske laugh outside Old St. Joes. Sarah Swartz photo. Reese Knudsen picked up trash in the Marinsonville neighborhood. Sarah Swartz photo. Amy Payenna and her son stand on the corner of 5th Avenue and Bering Street with a trash bag in hand. Sarah Swartz photo. Volunteer Jennifer […]

NOAA Study Highlights Resource Gap for North Bering Sea Communities Amid Climate Crisis

A new scientific paper released in May highlights a crucial disconnect between the needs of rural communities in the north Bering Sea and the resources available to them. The study, led by James E. Overland from NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, details significant ecological and human impacts from diminished sea ice, emphasizing the gap in […]