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Matthew Smith, KNOM - Nome

Matthew Smith is a reporter at KNOM in Nome.

‘Mystery sheen’ off Shishmaref coast returns, identified as fuel mixture

‘Mystery sheen’ off Shishmaref coast returns, identified as fuel mixture

An oil spill of unknown origin is for the third time in the last year seeping off of Shishmaref’s western coast, but now the state Department of Environmental Conservation says they may have identified the source.

June 8, 2015

Criminal Justice Commission Gets an Earful in Nome

Alaska’s criminal justice system is expensive, ineffective, and unsustainable—that’s the hard truth shared by a group of legal experts on the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. Commission members are visiting Nome seeking input from on ways to reform the system.

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June 4, 2015
Court Recordings Highlight Nome Judge Tim Dooley’s Alleged Conduct Violations

Court Recordings Highlight Nome Judge Tim Dooley’s Alleged Conduct Violations

Nome Superior Court Judge Timothy Dooley is facing a host of allegations from a judicial oversight commission for alleged violations of professional conduct, as well as violating sections of state law that the charges allege call his integrity into question.

June 1, 2015

Nome Judge Accused of Misconduct

Nome Superior Court Judge Timothy Dooley is facing a host of allegations from a judicial oversight commission for alleged violations of professional conduct.

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May 28, 2015

Nome Neighbors’ Lawsuit on Sled Dog Noise, Smell Dismissed

A lawsuit between Nome neighbors that centered on noise and odor from one household’s dog lot has been dismissed—and is no longer set to go before a jury this summer.

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May 26, 2015

7-Year-Old Girl Severely Injured in Dog Attack

A 7-year-old girl in Unalakleet was severely injured in a dog attack Sunday—and had to be medevaced to Anchorage for her injuries.

May 26, 2015

Diomede Graduation Speaker Found Dead at Community School

A young woman who traveled to the remote Bering Strait island community of Little Diomede to speak at the school’s graduation was found dead at the community school Tuesday morning.

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May 20, 2015
Noorvik Man Faces Kidnapping, Attempted Sexual Assault Charges in April Attack

Noorvik Man Faces Kidnapping, Attempted Sexual Assault Charges in April Attack

A Noorvik man faces charges of burglary, kidnapping, and attempted sexual assault after being charged with breaking into a neighbor’s home, attacking a woman walking by, and dragging her inside the house.

May 20, 2015

Noorvik Man Faces Kidnapping, Attempted Sexual Assault Charges for April Attack

A Noorvik man faces charges of burglary, kidnapping, and attempted sexual assault after allegedly breaking into a neighbors home, attacking a woman who was walking by, and dragging her inside the house.

May 19, 2015

Troopers investigate two Atmautluak fires

Two weekend fires in the Kuskokwim delta community of Atmautluak were contained over the weekend—but Alaska State Troopers say they’ll still investigating the cause.

May 18, 2015

5 Ill After Eating Fermented Seal Flipper

First three, and now five, people have fallen ill or been taken under medical observation after two separate meals of fermented seal flipper in the Seward Peninsula community of Koyuk have been linked to the toxic bacteria that causes botulism.

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May 15, 2015
Two Face Felony Charges for Alleged $25,000 Theft from Nome Schools

Two Face Felony Charges for Alleged $25,000 Theft from Nome Schools

Two Nome residents—a man and woman—are facing felony charges for theft and falsifying business records after allegedly stealing more than $25,000 from Nome Public Schools.

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April 22, 2015

Ski, Biathlon Championships in White Mountain Earn Western, Interior Athletes Trip to Arctic Winter Games

Five Western Alaska athletes will make their way to Greenland next year after earning spots on Team Alaska for the 2016 Arctic Winter Games at the Western Interior Cross-country Ski and Biathlon championships.

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April 1, 2015
Diomede in November 2010. (Photo: KNOM file)

Diomede Enters More than One Month Without Flights

The aviation company flying to the island village blames a combination of mechanical issues and weather is keeping flights from resuming, but residents say they’re getting by despite just one delivery of mail and cargo in the last month.

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February 24, 2015

Corps. of Engineers Recommend Expanding Nome’s Deep-Water Arctic Port

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers is set to unveil its first steps toward expanding deep-water Arctic ports, and Corps officials say the main focus will be expanding the existing Port of Nome.

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February 13, 2015
Little Diomede sits on the border of Russia and the United States. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Richard Brahm, August 25 2008.

Three Weeks, No Flights: Diomede Residents Stranded without Mail, Food Deliveries

The only aircraft flying to one of Alaska’s most remote communities has been down for maintenance for nearly three weeks—leaving residents of the Bering Strait community of Little Diomede with empty mailboxes, bare grocery store shelves, and no way on or off the island.

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February 11, 2015

Homeless Assistance Program Scrambling For Funding

A program that distributes millions of dollars a year to keep homeless and emergency shelters open across the state is nowhere to be seen in Governor Bill Walker’s budget—leaving dozens of organizations scrambling for the money they’ll need to keep their doors open.

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February 3, 2015
The Shiveluch volcano as seen from the International Space Station in July 2007. (Photo: NASA via public domain)

Ash from Russian Volcano Diverts Nightly Flight into Nome

Ash from a Russian volcano diverted the nightly flight into Nome Thursday. The Global Volcanism Program at the Smithsonian Institution tracked “powerful explosions” last week and into this week from the Shiveluch volcano, considered one of the most active volcanos on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, that sent plumes of ash up 32,800 feet in the air.

January 23, 2015
Gilbert Olanna, Jr. faces a total of three murder charges in the death of Esther Lincoln. (Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM)

Grand Jury Hands Down 3 Murder Charges in White Mountain New Year’s Day Killing

The man accused of killing his girlfriend on New Year’s Day in White Mountain now faces a total of three murder charges in her death.

January 15, 2015
Placer mining operations bring in over $100 million a year in Alaska. (Photo: Alaska Mining Association)

Placer Mining Big Business in Alaska, Report Finds

Most placer mining operations in Alaska are small, but combined they bring in more than $100 million a year. That’s according to a new study from the Alaska Miners Association looking at the economic impact of placer mine operations across the state.

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January 13, 2015