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Matthew Smith, KNOM - Nome

Matthew Smith is a reporter at KNOM in Nome.

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

‘Second Shake’ Rattles Noatak, Northwest Brooks Range

Just two weeks after the strongest earthquake in the region in more than 30 years, residents of Noatak and others near the far western edge of the Brooks Range felt another series of powerful quakes over the weekend.

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May 5, 2014
Kotzebue Man Charged With Animal Cruelty For Shooting Dogs

Kotzebue Man Charged With Animal Cruelty For Shooting Dogs

A Kotzebue man is behind bars and faces a felony animal cruelty charge after State Troopers say he killed four sled dogs while drunk.

April 24, 2014

Series Of Quakes Rattle Northwest Alaska

A series of earthquakes rattled Northwest Alaska about 40 miles northeast of Kotzebue on Friday morning. The tremors began with a strong 5.6 magnitude earthquake at 10:44 Friday morning.

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April 18, 2014
US, Russia Work To Preserve Natural, Cultural Heritage of Beringia

US, Russia Work To Preserve Natural, Cultural Heritage of Beringia

When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Vladivostok this weekend for APEC—the Asia-Pacific Economic Coöperation summit—she’ll have an agenda focused on a rising China, a troubled Syria, and issues with Iran.

September 6, 2012

Statoil Moves Closer To Exploratory Chukchi Drilling

Statoil is inching closer to exploratory drilling in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, although the company says not before 2015.

August 28, 2012

Brooks Range Council Opposing ‘Road to Resources’ Program

The Brooks Range Council is a grassroots movement opposing Governor Sean Parnell’s plan to develop a road to the Ambler Mining District. The governor’s office has proposed nearly $29 million next year to advance his “Road to Resources” program, which includes $4 million for the planned road to Ambler. That money will be used for permitting and environmental work on the proposed roads, which the governor says will eventually allow access to resources near Umiat, Tanana and Ambler. The Ambler mining district is the proposed terminus of a 220-mile road from the Dalton Highway.

August 8, 2012
Photo by Kathy Crane, NOAA Arctic Research Program

Bering, Chukchi Sea Subsistence Polar Bear Hunters To Follow International Quota

Under a treaty with Russia, subsistence polar bear hunters in the Bering and Chukchi Seas will follow a quota for the first time. On Friday, the Alaska Nanuuq Commission and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife were in Shishmaref to detail the new international quota.

July 16, 2012
Crews Respond To Teller Fire

Crews Respond To Teller Fire

Yesterday morning a fire destroyed three buildings in the village of Teller. The Nome Volunteer Fire Department responded, flying in six fire fighters before their equipment could be brought to the scene. The old Teller Commercial building, a former store, and an abandoned house all burned down. Also damaged was the Mary’s Igloo tribal office. The Teller church and the power plant were saved. More Photos

July 12, 2012

Sen. Begich, Fishermen Discusses Low King Runs

Senator Mark Begich was in Bethel Monday for a roundtable discussion with subsistence fishermen about the record low king runs on the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers. Representatives of state and federal fisheries managers were also in attendance. Begich says the state needs to do more for managing kings.

July 3, 2012

Yukon To Close To Subsistence King Salmon Fishing

This year’s Chinook salmon run on the Yukon is poor, and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game is preparing subsistence closures to meet escapement goals. The closures begin today, but with so few fish in the river, it’s unknown how long subsistence fishermen will be unable to fish.

June 21, 2012

Two Troopers Injured Kotzebue Standoff

Two Alaska State Troopers were injured during a prolonged standoff with an armed man in Kotzebue who ultimately took his own life Sunday. The end of the incident came when officers approached the vehicle of Arvid Nelson Junior, 50 of Kotzebue, hours after the initial shooting, and found he had taken his own life.

June 18, 2012