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Matthew Smith, KNOM - Nome

Matthew Smith is a reporter at KNOM in Nome.

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
2014 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey celebrates his victory in Nome. (Photo by David Dodman, KNOM Radio Mission)

Iditarod Boosts Payout to $70k for 2015 Winner

The 2015 Iditarod winner will take home the race’s biggest payday ever — $70,000.

December 2, 2014
Business owners, nonprofit workers, and residents (including Rep. Neal Foster, left) made for a full house in Nome City Council chambers Monday as the council debated contentious tax issues. (Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM)

Nome Churches, Nonprofits Keep Sales Tax Exemption

Nome’s nonprofits and churches will remain exempt from city sales tax—and retailers won’t have their unsold inventories taxed—but at Monday night’s City Council meeting, efforts to charge property tax on airplanes moved forward.

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November 25, 2014
First-place finisher Pete Kaiser arrives at the finish line in Nome at the end of the 2012 Norton Sound 450. (Photo: David Dodman, KNOM)

Norton Sound 450 Race Ready to Run in 2015

The Norton Sound 450, a regional sled dog race along the western coast of Alaska, will run in 2015, race officials say, committing to a race that was canceled last year and severely shortened the year before.

November 14, 2014

Some Communities Investigating Local Option To Ban Marijuana

Though the final count is still pending, unofficial results show Alaskans voting “yes” to legalizing marijuana in last week’s election. But the road to a legal and regulated marijuana market is months away, and communities who still want to keep the divisive drug out are looking at doing so the same way many currently ban alcohol: the local option.

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November 10, 2014
U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Robert Papp (Ret.) addresses the 2014 Arctic Circle meeting in Reykjavík, Iceland. (Photo:

As US Outlines Arctic Council Goals, Native Groups and State Lawmakers Left Wanting

The state department has outlined the nation’s top priorities as the U.S. prepares to chair the international Arctic Council in April, but some Alaska Native groups and state officials argue the national goals are lacking.

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November 3, 2014
A map of the Chukchi Sea offshore leases. The green squares are Shell leases. (Image: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management)

New Environmental Review Could Move Offshore Chukchi Drilling Forward

A new draft environmental review of leases off Alaska’s northwest coast could bring oil companies one step closer to resuming offshore oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea.

November 3, 2014

20 Alaska Native Languages Now Official State Languages

Twenty Alaska Native languages are now official languages in the State of Alaska — after Governor Sean Parnell signed House Bill 216 into law this morning at the Alaska Federation of Native conference.

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October 23, 2014
A musher leaves the starting line of the 2011 K300 sled dog race. (Photo from the K300 Facebook page)

Kusko 300 Officials Waive Entry Fee

Race officials for the Kuskokwim 300 are waiving the entry fee to any musher looking to run the organization’s three races this January.

October 10, 2014

Arctic Summit Tackles A Diverse Spread of Issues

The Institute of the North is bringing together policy makers and local shareholders to discuss short- and long-term goals for America’s presence in the far north during it’s “Week of the Arctic” in Nome, Kotzebue, and Barrow.

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October 7, 2014
Nome Man Injured After Crane Crushes Truck Cab

Nome Man Injured After Crane Crushes Truck Cab

A Nome man was seriously injured Sunday in what police are calling an “industrial accident” when the neck of a crane fell on to the cab of a truck he was driving at a local gravel pit.

September 29, 2014
Fire at Nome Multiplex Injures 2, Displaces at Least 20

Fire at Nome Multiplex Injures 2, Displaces at Least 20

Fire tore through a Nome eight-unit multiplex Thursday night, displacing more than 20 people and gutting the building with flames that refused to subside after more than an hour of active firefighting.

September 26, 2014
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