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Polaris Bar Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion Charges

What remains of the Polaris is being demolished and removed by Q Trucking. Photo Credit: Davis Hovey, KNOM (2017)

Tina H. Yi of Anchorage pleaded guilty on July 3 to evading taxes on income earned from her Nome-based business, SJ Investment LLC. Yi was the sole owner and operator of SJ Investment LLC, which did business as Polaris HBL, a hotel, bar, and liquor store in Nome.  Yi established the business in April 2007 […]

AMCC Prisoner Allegedly Attacked Fellow Inmate, Charged with Attempted Murder

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

Joachim Koyuk Carlisle has been charged with attempted murder and assault following an incident at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center on February 6, 2024. The charging documents released on June 26 detail a violent altercation in which Carlisle allegedly attacked fellow inmate Eli Dickson with a makeshift weapon. The attack occurred while Dickson was seated at […]

ADF&G Announces New Caribou Bag Limit for Western Arctic Herd

A male caribou runs near Kiwalik, Alaska. Photo: Jim Dau.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Division of Wildlife Conservation has implemented a new resident bag limit for the Western Arctic Caribou Herd, effective July 1, 2024.  The new regulations permit the harvest of up to 15 caribou per regulatory year, with only one being a cow. This change applies throughout the entire […]

Nome Passes Ordinance Requiring Rabies Vaccination

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The Nome Common Council has passed Ordinance No. O-24-06-09, amending Section 10.30.100 of the Nome Code of Ordinances to require proof of rabies vaccination prior to importing any dog into the City of Nome. This ordinance aims to enhance public safety and protect both residents and pets from potential rabies transmission. City Clerk and Acting […]

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

A long table with a gavel resting on it. American flag in background.

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 Retires

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. According to UAF NW, Amarok is retiring.  Amarok is […]