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Matthew Smith, KNOM - Nome

Matthew Smith is a reporter at KNOM in Nome.

Shishmaref. (Photo: KNOM file)

Five Arrested in Connection With Medication Theft from Shishmaref Clinic

Five people, including two adults, have been arrested in connection to a break-in at the Shishmaref clinic and the theft of more than 100 painkillers—a theft Alaska State Troopers say was accomplished using tools the group stole earlier from the community school.

September 24, 2014
The Kiana School on November 14, 2011. Photo: Justin Rummel via Flickr Creative Commons.

Kiana Teacher Arrested on Missouri Child Sex Abuse Charges

A Missouri man who spent the last four years teaching throughout western Alaska has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing his adopted daughter—and is alleged to have subjected his six other adopted children to “years of physical abuse and neglect.”

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September 5, 2014

Meeting in Nome Attempts to Elucidate Arctic Policy Goals

The Alaska Arctic Commission has been working for more than a year and a half to write the state’s first comprehensive arctic policy—a policy the commission hopes will lay out not just Alaska’s future, but America’s future, in the arctic. But with priorities ranging from international to extremely local, Tuesday’s meeting in Nome saw lawmakers, researchers, and coastal representatives still working out just what that policy will be.

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August 27, 2014
Muskox Killed in Wales While Attacking Dog

Muskox Killed in Wales While Attacking Dog

Nome has been experiencing a summer of “urban muskox,” where the uniquely shaggy arctic mammals have made their home close to town, threatening dogs—and, occasionally, people. Now the same thing has happened more than 100 miles west of Nome, in the community of Wales.

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August 25, 2014
Little Diomede sits on the border of Russia and the United States. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Richard Brahm, August 25 2008.

Diomede Helicopter Service Resumes

The helicopter to Diomede is flying today. The first flight to the island took off around 11 o’clock Friday morning after a new contract was formally signed by Erickson Aviation, Kawerak and Federal Department of Transportation officials Thursday.

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July 18, 2014
Fall Chum Season Opens on the Yukon

Fall Chum Season Opens on the Yukon

The fall chum salmon season on the Yukon begins Wednesday.

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July 16, 2014
Drift ice camp in the middle of the Arctic Ocean as seen from the deck of icebreaker XueLong, July 2010. Photo: Timo Palo via Wikimedia Commons.

Chinese Icebreaker Set for Sixth Arctic Expedition

China’s icebreaking research vessel Xuelong, orSnow Dragon, will soon begin another summer in the arctic. Chinese state media Xinhua reports the Snow Dragon is set to leave its Shanghai base next week to embark on a sixth summer expedition to the North Pole.

July 9, 2014
Bobby Curtis is a Dental Health Aide Therapist in Shishmaref. (Photo by  Matthew F. Smith, KNOM - Nome)

Nonprofit Touts Alaska Dental Therapists As Oral Health Pioneers

Dental health aide therapists have been providing mid-level dental care in the Norton Sound region for about a decade. Now a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts highlights Norton Sound Health Corporation’s dental therapist program as one of the leading efforts in the nation for increasing access to dental care.

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July 7, 2014

Family of Wade’s Alleged New Victim Demands Justice

As Wade promises details about additional murders he claims to have committed, the family of one of his alleged new victims says they’re feeling their loss once again… and they’re angry Wade won’t face new charges or a trial for the murders.

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June 20, 2014
A fifth 5.7 magnitude quake rocks Brooks Range near Noatak. (Image: Alaska Earthquake Center)

Seismic Storm Continues in Noatak with Fifth 5.7 Quake

The seismic storm in the far-western arm of the Brooks Range that began nearly two months ago continued early Monday morning.

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June 16, 2014
Robert Murders with the National Weather Service reads the weather Monday, June 9. (Photo by Rolland Trowbridge, KNOM - Nome)

Digital Voice Replaces Forecasters’ at Nome’s Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Nome is switching to an automated digital voice for its weather forecasts, one of the final forecasting stations in the country to cease having local forecasters read and record the weather.

June 11, 2014

Company Operating Red Dog Mine May have to pay Fine Over Wastewater Pipeline

The Canadian company that operates the Red Dog Mine in northwest Alaska says it won’t build a pipeline to carry wastewater away from the mine site to the Chukchi Sea. Now a court will decide if the company will have to pay a fine laid out in a 2008 lawsuit settlement.

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June 5, 2014
Map for April and May 2014 Earthquakes in Northwestern Alaska. (Image courtesy Alaska Earthquake Center)

Unusual Seismic Activity Continues Near Noatak

Strong earthquake activity continues near Noatak, with a strong aftershock recorded last week that has become the third powerful temblor in what is now a series of strong quakes and potent aftershocks in just the last two months.

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June 3, 2014
The proposed network map for the the fiber optic cable. (Image via Arctic Fibre)

Arctic Subsea Fiber Optic Cable Project Begins Summer Marine Surveys

A Canadian telecommunications company is implementing plans to lay a fiber optic cable from London to Tokyo by way of the U.S. and Canadian arctic, and is readying summer marine surveys to map exactly where it will lay the cable.

June 2, 2014
As Chinooks, Chums Enter the Yukon, Fishermen Chafe Under Tight Restrictions

As Chinooks, Chums Enter the Yukon, Fishermen Chafe Under Tight Restrictions

Subsistence fishermen say they’re willing to back off the kings, but they want to be able to get their chums. Both Chinook and chum salmon are starting to swim up the Yukon River, but with the worst king run on record expected this year, Fish and Game officials are implementing tight restrictions that subsistence users say are keeping them from getting chums.

May 29, 2014

Money, Drugs Missing From Barrow Police Station Evidence Locker

Money and drugs went missing from the evidence room at the police station in Barrow last year—and now the North Slope Borough is launching an investigation into what happened.

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May 22, 2014
Alaska Democratic Party Holds Convention In Nome

Alaska Democratic Party Holds Convention In Nome

The Alaska Democratic Party ended its weekend convention in Nome on Sunday with resolutions on issues ranging from Alaska Native rights to same-sex marriage and came away with a full lineup of candidates for key November races.

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May 19, 2014
Old Nome Hospital Sells for $450k

Old Nome Hospital Sells for $450k

Nome’s old hospital has sold for $450,000, and the new owners now have an eBay listing asking for $2.5 million for the 55,000 square-foot facility.

May 16, 2014
Aerial view of Ambler and the Kobuk River in the summer. (Courtesy of the National Park Service via UAF Gates of the Arctic Research Portal)

Ambler Man Faces Attempted Murder Charges for Shooting at VPO

An Ambler man is facing attempted murder charges after Alaska State Troopers say he tried to shoot a village police officer through the door of his home.

May 12, 2014
Photo courtesy of the US Coast Guard: The Coast Guard Cutter Healy approaches the Russian-flagged tanker Renda while breaking ice around the vessel 97 miles south of Nome, Alaska, Jan. 10, 2012.

Coast Guard Says Its Increased Arctic Presence Will Have ‘No Significant’ Environmental Impact

The U.S. Coast Guard has operated in the Arctic for more than a century, but as the maritime agency plans for an increased presence in the region, its taking stock of what its environmental impact will be in the Arctic in the years to come.

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May 7, 2014