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Matthew Smith, KNOM - Nome

Matthew Smith is a reporter at KNOM in Nome.

Brevig, Nome businesses share $127k in NSEDC small business initiative grants

Brevig, Nome businesses share $127k in NSEDC small business initiative grants

Small businesses across the Norton Sound—from existing shop owners to aspiring entrepreneurs—are sharing more than $127,000 thanks to the latest round of Small Business Initiative Grants from the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation.
November 2, 2015
Deep-draft Arctic port study shelved for at least a year

Deep-draft Arctic port study shelved for at least a year

A highly anticipated study looking into a deep-draft Arctic port for Alaska is being shelved for at least a year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—due to what the Corps calls the changing economic picture of the Arctic. Download Audio
October 26, 2015
Gov. Walker releases $3.6M for Ambler Mining Road EIS

Gov. Walker releases $3.6M for Ambler Mining Road EIS

A proposed mining road through Interior Alaska that was shelved amid the state’s multi-billion dollar budget crisis has been authorized by the administration of Gov. Bill Walker to spend more than $3 million to start an environmental assessment.
October 26, 2015
Cheaper courses at Northwest Campus after $14k NSEDC grant

Cheaper courses at Northwest Campus after $14k NSEDC grant

It’s not too late to register for classes at Northwest Campus, and this semester, many one-credit courses will come a little cheaper, thanks to a $14,000 grant from the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation.
September 22, 2015
25 walrus found dead, some decapitated off Cape Lisburne

25 walrus found dead, some decapitated off Cape Lisburne

Twenty-five walrus—including up to a dozen calves—have been found dead on a beach about 40 miles north of Point Hope. Now federal wildlife officials are investigating a possible criminal slaughter of the protected marine mammals. Download Audio
September 18, 2015
Obama wraps up tour on climate's front lines: the Arctic

Obama wraps up tour on climate’s front lines: the Arctic

President Obama ended his three-day tour of Alaska on Wednesday along the western coast—first in Dillingham and then Kotzebue—where he officially unveiled new initiatives aimed at helping Alaska’s rural villages cope with climate change in the fast-thawing Arctic. Download Audio
September 3, 2015
Arctic leaders outline local priorities in letter to President Obama

Arctic leaders outline local priorities in letter to President Obama

A celebration took place in Kotzebue as final preparations are made for President Obama’s visit today. And with the spotlight on the Northwest Arctic hub — for the first visit by an American president above the Arctic Circle — local leaders have drafted a letter outlining their vision for the Arctic’s future.
September 2, 2015
Kotzebue prepares for a presidential visit

Kotzebue prepares for a presidential visit

As president Barack Obama plans to shift his focus to western Alaska by midweek, residents of Kotzebue — the northwest Arctic hub of about 4,000 people — are making final preparations for the president’s historic visit above the Arctic Circle. Download Audio
September 1, 2015
Kotzebue Prepares for President Obama’s Visit

Kotzebue Prepares for President Obama’s Visit

As President Barack Obama plans to shift his focus to western Alaska by midweek, residents of Kotzebue — the northwest Arctic hub of about 4,000 people — are making final preparations for the president’s historic visit above the Arctic Circle.
September 1, 2015
Murkowski thanks Obama for restoring Denali; Obama directs his gaze on climate change

Murkowski thanks Obama for restoring Denali; Obama directs his gaze on climate change

President Barack Obama touches down in Alaska Monday for a three-day tour to the state, and beyond focusing on climate change in visits to Anchorage, Dillingham, and Kotzebue, the president is beginning his trip by restoring the Alaska Native name to North America’s highest mountain.
August 31, 2015
Kotzebue Fishery Closes Early with ‘3rd Best Harvest in Over 25 Years’

Kotzebue Fishery Closes Early with ‘3rd Best Harvest in Over 25 Years’

The commercial fishing season in Kotzebue came to a close Friday, and while both the chum salmon run and the payout to fishermen pales in comparison to the gargantuan success of last year, the fishermen at Alaska’s northernmost salmon fishery still have plenty of reason to smile.
August 24, 2015
Sled Dog Fatally Gored By Muskox Outside Nome

Sled Dog Fatally Gored By Muskox Outside Nome

A grimly familiar sight to Nome dog owners returned with the fatal goring of a local musher’s dog by a bull muskox Wednesday.
August 13, 2015
Out With the Summer Chum, In With the Fall Chum on the Yukon

Out With the Summer Chum, In With the Fall Chum on the Yukon

After a slow start to the fall fishing season on the Yukon, fall chum are finally making their way up river. That’s good news for subsistence fishermen, who say they’re busy along the banks of the river, both fishing and fending off unwanted visitors.
August 12, 2015
Norton Sound Sees Bumper Salmon, Crab Season

Norton Sound Sees Bumper Salmon, Crab Season

It’s a been a good summer for commercial fishing in the Norton Sound—and at the latest meeting of the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation Board, a strong crab and an ongoing salmon season means its not over. Download Audio
August 10, 2015
Nome man arrested after police, troopers find $22k stash of heroin, meth

Nome man arrested after police, troopers find $22k stash of heroin, meth

More than $20,000 in heroin and methamphetamine have been taken off the streets after the arrest of a Nome man in a significant drug bust by Alaska State Troopers and the Nome Police Department.
August 7, 2015
University of Alaska-Fairbanks Cuts Means $200k Bite to Nome’s Northwest Campus

University of Alaska-Fairbanks Cuts Means $200k Bite to Nome’s Northwest Campus

Deep cuts across the University of Alaska Fairbanks are spreading to satellite campus across the state, and Nome’s Northwest Campus is no exception. Download Audio
August 5, 2015
BSNC Buys Chain of ‘Alaska Industrial Hardware’ Stores

BSNC Buys Chain of ‘Alaska Industrial Hardware’ Stores

Bering Straits Native Corporation is getting into the hardware business after purchasing a small Alaska-based chain of industrial construction and equipment stores. Download Audio
August 4, 2015

Slow Fall Chum Run Leaves Yukon Smokehouses Empty

Slow fall chum runs have kept subsistence fisherman from being too active on the Yukon River this past week, but as Chinook continue crossing the border, officials say their numbers are well above escapement goals.
August 4, 2015
Trooper search warrant finds Nome pair with 21 pot plants, $32k in marijuana

Trooper search warrant finds Nome pair with 21 pot plants, $32k in marijuana

Alaska State Troopers said two Nome-area residents are facing drug charges after they say they found an illegal marijuana grow in their Dexter and Triple Creek-area home.
July 31, 2015
Cathay Pacific flight makes emergency landing at Shemya air station

Cathay Pacific flight makes emergency landing at Shemya air station

A Cathay Pacific flight en route from Hong Kong to Los Angeles made an emergency landing at an Aleutian Islands military airport early Wednesday morning due to smoke inside the plane.
July 29, 2015