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Anna Rose MacArthur, KNOM - Nome

Anna Rose MacArthur is a reporter at KNOM in Nome.

Gov. Parnell Endorses Alaska as “Right to Mush” State

Gov. Parnell Endorses Alaska as “Right to Mush” State

Sled dog racing is Alaska’s state sport and Gov. Sean Parnell has officially endorsed Alaska as a “right to mush” state. On Monday Parnell signed a resolution “recognizing, honoring, supporting, and encouraging support for dog mushing and dog mushers” in Alaska.

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August 18, 2014
ANTHC Program To Monitor Toxicity in Subsistence Foods

ANTHC Program To Monitor Toxicity in Subsistence Foods

For the first time in the United States, a technology traditionally used on humans is testing possible widespread threats to food security. The technology is filter paper, and it is used to collect blood samples. Throughout the Bering Strait region, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is distributing the paper to subsistence hunters to collect blood specimens from subsistence mammals.

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August 12, 2014
Barrow, AK during spring ice break-up. (Photo by Steven Kazlowsk)

North Slope Moves to Create Port Authority

With Arctic activity escalating, the North Slope Arctic Borough is taking steps to protect its resources while developing its economy.

July 24, 2014
Shaktoolik Erects Coastal Berm to Delay Relocation

Shaktoolik Erects Coastal Berm to Delay Relocation

For years agency reports have listed Shaktoolik as eroding with immediate need for relocation. But without government funding, little action has been taken and erosion has progressed. Now the people of Shaktoolik are taking matters into their own hands and building a coastal berm to protect their community.

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July 3, 2014
DNR Meeting in Teller. (Photo: Anna Rose MacArthur, KNOM)

Large Dredge Unlikely In Grantley Harbor This Season

A massive dredge looking to work the waters near two communities in western Alaska is sparking concerns from subsistence users—and brought the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to villages west of Nome last week, to talk to residents about their concerns.

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June 30, 2014
Clean-Up Continues for Norton Sound Hospital Fuel Spill

Clean-Up Continues for Norton Sound Hospital Fuel Spill

Clean-up efforts continue beneath Norton Sound Regional Hospital after a spill of hundreds of gallons of heating fuel.

June 25, 2014
Chum Salmon. (Photo: NOAA)

High Chinook Restrictions Increase Chum Harvests, ADF&G Working to Sustain Fishery

With Chinook harvests shut down on the Yukon, summer Chum harvests are on the rise, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game wants to make sure Chum stocks are managed sustainably.

June 19, 2014
Shishmaref nearshore fuel spill and absorbent boom. (Photo: Richard Kuzuguk)

Clean-Up Continues on Shishmaref Fuel Spill, Source Still Unknown

Local responders and the Coast Guard continue cleaning up the oily substance floating off the coast of Shishmaref.

June 16, 2014
Contaminated nearshore sea ice. (Photo courtesy Barret Eningowak, DEC)

Source of Shishmaref Sheen Remains Unknown, Locals Work to Absorb Substance

Despite precarious ice conditions, local responders in Shishmaref are working to absorb the oily sheen discovered off the island’s north coast last week. The source of the substance remains unknown.

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June 11, 2014
Map for April and May 2014 Earthquakes in Northwestern Alaska. (Image: Alaska Earthquake Center)

Earthquakes Swarm the Brooks Range

An “earthquake swarm” is hitting the Brooks Range. Seismologists do not know why it is occurring or if it will continue. Friday night a 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20 miles northeast of Noatak. This is the third 5.5 quake that has struck the same area in the past two months.

June 9, 2014

NPFMC Meets in Nome; Bering Sea Pollock Remains Flat, Chinook Bycatch Is Up

After days of scientific subcommittees, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council had its first round of meetings Wednesday in Nome. The Council heard reports from fisheries across the North Pacific.

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June 5, 2014
Unusual Quakes Send Seismologists Into Rapid Response

Unusual Quakes Send Seismologists Into Rapid Response

Aftershocks are continuing to rattle the western edge of the Brooks Range near communities like Noatak, and now seismologists are conducting a “rapid response” to capture these tremors. That’s after two earthquakes that came two weeks apart at magnitudes not recorded in the region in more than 30 years.

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May 8, 2014
NOAA Investigating Rare Whale Beachings

NOAA Investigating Rare Whale Beachings

Three rarely seen whales beached on Alaska’s coast last year, and NOAA Fisheries is investigating whether human activity contributed to the strandings.

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April 24, 2014

Alaska Inuit Circumpolar Conference Searches For Food Security Definition

The Alaska Inuit Circumpolar Council met in Nome this week to define food security from an Alaska Native perspective.

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April 17, 2014

Inuit Circumpolar Council Discussing Food Security

The Inuit Circumpolar Council is holding a meeting in Nome next week. The topic is food security, and the goal is to create a framework to understand the issue from an Inuit perspective.

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April 11, 2014

Study Says Melting Permafrost Emitting More Carbon Than Tundra Can Offset

The Arctic is warming two to three times faster than the rest of the globe. As temperatures increase, permafrost melts, releasing carbon dioxide, and the growing season lengthens, absorbing CO2.

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April 1, 2014

Nome To Make Decision On Geothermal Energy

If Nome wants geothermal power, the city has to decide by next week if and how it is going to pay for that energy.

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March 20, 2014

Musher Housing At A Premium In Nome

Iditarod teams are expected in Nome tonight, and some mushers still do not have a place to sleep once they get there. Mushers have long depended on Nome residents to provide them a place to rest after the almost 1,000 mile journey. However, over the last five years, it’s become more difficult to find hosts to house mushers.

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March 10, 2014

Cyclist Obliterates Iditarod Trail Invitational Record

Most speed records are broken by seconds or minutes. Wednesday, a Fairbanks cyclist demolished the Iditarod Trail Invitational record by almost a full week.

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March 6, 2014

Nome Business Owners Prepare For Iditarod Influx

Mushers are racing towards Nome. And so are the tourists. A small business owner is gearing up to capitalize on the influx.

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March 5, 2014