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Matthew Smith, KNOM - Nome

Matthew Smith is a reporter at KNOM in Nome.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
Division of Elections director resigns at Lt. Governor’s request

Division of Elections director resigns at Lt. Governor’s request

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has asked the state’s Division of Elections director Gail Fenumiai to resign. Claire Richardson is special assistant to Mallott. She says they accepted Fenumiai’s resignation on Friday.

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July 27, 2015
As Chinook Cross into Canada, Fall Chum Begin Running on the Yukon

As Chinook Cross into Canada, Fall Chum Begin Running on the Yukon

The chinook have reached Canada, and Alaska Fish and Game biologists say they’ve now met nearly all escapement goals along the Yukon and are confident they’ll see enough of the prized king salmon cross the border.

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July 22, 2015
Historic WWII Bomber, Recovered in Nome, Offers Russian Twist to Iconic American Plane

Historic WWII Bomber, Recovered in Nome, Offers Russian Twist to Iconic American Plane

A B-25 J Mitchell bomber left to rust in Nome after World War II is being stripped for parts—and may one day be refurbished—thanks to efforts from a Michigan war planes museum and help from students across the Bering Strait.

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July 7, 2015
‘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