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Anna Rose MacArthur, KNOM - Nome

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 - 3:13 pm

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 - 5:10 pm

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 - 5:42 pm

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 - 5:19 pm

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 - 5:45 pm

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 - 4:42 pm

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 - 5:20 pm

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 - 5:16 pm

Iron Dog Racers Depart Nome

Early Thursday, pairs of snow machines began zipping out of Nome to continue the second leg of the 2014 Iron Dog Snow Machine Race.

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February 20, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Alaska Could Soon Supply Its Own Donor Human Breast Milk

Alaska could soon have a Human Breast Milk Bank. The Milk Bank would operate under the Alaska Blood Bank and supply the state with donor milk. The Blood Bank has submitted a proposal to their board and is awaiting a decision. KNOM’s Anna Rose MacArthur reports.

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February 13, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Arctic Port Project Delayed Indeterminably

The release of the Arctic Deep Draft Port feasibility study has been put on hold, indeterminably. The Alaska U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had said the study would be issued for public review the first week of March. However, in a recent Joint Transportation Committee meeting, Lorraine Cordova, Project Technical Lead, said the entire port project is being pushed back a “few months.”

February 7, 2014 - 6:01 pm

Admiral Ostebo Discusses Future of Port Clarence

The U.S. Coast Guard owns Port Clarence, and many entities want a piece of the property, but the Coast Guard intends to hold on to at least some of the real estate.

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January 27, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Admiral Ostebo Outlines USCG’s Plans For Western Alaska

Coast Guard Admiral Thomas Ostebo visited Nome last week to outline summer plans for Western Alaska. The plans are part of the Coast Guard’s Alaska operation for the year, officially titled Arctic Shield 2014.

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January 22, 2014 - 5:27 pm

US, Russia Drafting Voluntary Bering Strait Passage Regulations

Vessel traffic is increasing through the Bering Strait, and no regulations exist to monitor that movement. The United States Coast Guard wants to change that.

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January 17, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Bering Sea Ice Sees 7-Year Expansion

While sea ice in the Arctic has been undergoing a seven-year decline, sea ice in the Bering Sea has been experiencing a seven-year expansion.

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January 13, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Nome Completes Annual Bird Count

This weekend wraps up the 114th Christmas Bird Count. Around 50 communities in Alaska participated in the annual event, adding to decades of data collection. Nome completed its count at sundown on New Year’s Eve.

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January 3, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Climate Change, Arctic Activity Expected To Multiply Pollutant Concentrations

Climate change and increased Arctic activity are projected to offset declines in toxic human emissions. A recent study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology predicts warmer temperatures will cause contaminants stored in the earth to re-emit back into the atmosphere. In addition, increases in Arctic vessel traffic and oil and gas drilling will multiply pollutant concentrations.

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January 2, 2014 - 5:33 pm

Army Corps Of Engineers Discuss Deep Water Port Options

The Alaska Army Corp of Engineers met with Army corp leaders in Washington D.C. on Monday, to discuss where the Corp will construct a deep draft port in Western Alaska. Three sites on the Seward Peninsula are potential locations for a new deep water port.

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December 26, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Savoonga Get Extra Bowhead Strike To Supplement Food Stores

The St. Lawrence Island community of Savoonga has received an additional bowhead strike from the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission. The allotment permits the community to go after one more whale this season. The community harvested two bowheads already this month. But with its current economic disaster and lack of walrus meat, Savoonga hopes another whale will bolster food stores this winter.

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December 20, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Savoonga Whales Fulfill Musical Needs

Savoonga, a community on St. Lawrence Island, harvested two bowhead whales last week, both of them female. While the island is praising the immense intake of muktuk and meat amid an economic disaster, Theodore Kingeekuk, a drummer on the island, is celebrating another part of the anatomy — the uterus.

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December 12, 2013 - 5:42 pm