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Matthew Smith, KNOM - Nome

Matthew Smith is a reporter at KNOM in Nome.

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

Two Charged With Selling Meth In Ongoing Trooper, Nome Police Investigation

First heroin, now meth—as two more Nome residents are behind bars after allegedly selling methamphetamine.

January 7, 2015
Gilbert Olanna, Jr. was arraigned in the Nome court Saturday, facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of Esther Lincoln. (Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM)

White Mountain Man Charged with New Year’s Day Murder of Girlfriend

A White Mountain man stands accused of murder after investigators allege he came home on New Year’s Day after a night of drinking and got into an argument with his girlfriend before strangling her.

January 5, 2015

Second Boy Reaches Deal in Illegal Brevig Mission Muskox Killings

Both boys charged with chasing down a herd of muskox before killing several of the animals just outside of Brevig Mission have now reached a deal with state prosecutors, bringing to a close a case that started back in 2012.

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December 30, 2014
Winter in Koyuk. Photo: KNOM file.

One Dead, One Injured in Koyuk House Fire

A Sunday house fire in Koyuk has claimed the life of one woman and seriously injured one other person.

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December 29, 2014
Both the subsea Arctic cable, and a terrestrial cable along the Dalton Highway, are seeing delays that could push the rollout of Quintillion’s ultrafast broadband network in rural Alaska to 2016 or beyond. (Image: Quintillion Network)

‘Arctic Fiber’ Project Delayed into 2016

The backers of an ambitious project to build a fiber optic cable between England and Japan beneath Arctic waters—and in the process bring high-speed internet to remote corners of western Alaska—say undertaking has seen delays that will push the arrival of service back until at least 2016.

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December 23, 2014
Unknown product visible under nearshore ice on Dec. 12, 2014. (Photo: Sharon Nayokpuk, Shishmaref Environmental Program via Alaska DEC)

Unknown Oily Sheen off Shishmaref Coast Returns

An oily sheen of unknown origin discovered along the northeast coast of Shishmaref this summer has returned.

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December 18, 2014