Davis Hovey, KNOM - Nome

Davis Hovey is a news reporter at KNOM - Nome. Hovey was born and raised in Virginia. He spent most of his childhood in Greene County 20 minutes outside of Charlottesville where University of Virginia is located. Hovis was drawn in by the opportunity to work for a radio station in a remote, unique place like Nome Alaska. Hovis went to Syracuse University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Broadcast Digital Journalism.

Proposed Elim quarry faces latest hurdle: lack of money

A project site has been selected and sample test results show promise, but initial estimates show the permitting process and start up work would cost around $1 million.

Scientists suspect retreating sea ice is changing the color of Alaska’s tundra

Biologists say early retreating sea ice is potentially causing vegetation productivity changes on the tundra across Alaska and the Arctic. Uma Bhatt, a climate variability expert with the University of Alaska–Fairbanks, says the land warms...
Dead seabirds lying on a beach near Nome

‘It’s starvation.’ Biologists in Alaska see a fifth year of significant seabird die-offs

According to the National Park Service, reports received by mid-August documented thousands of dead short-tailed shearwaters from Bristol Bay, and lower numbers of other types of birds, found deceased in the Northern Bering and Chukchi Seas. This marks the fifth year in a row Alaska has seen mass seabird mortality events.

‘The ice should have been safe’: International panel gathers climate change stories from Western Alaska

Representatives from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were in Nome and Shishmaref this week to collect feedback for an upcoming report.

Preliminary NOAA survey suggests ‘low abundance year’ for king salmon

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center survey has been happening annually since 2002. This year, scientists say they see signs that chinook salmon numbers are dwindling.
Aerial view of Nome’s port. (Photo: Joy Baker/Nome Port Director)

Below-average sea ice levels expand Arctic shipping options

As of August 31, Arctic sea ice coverage dropped to the third lowest extent on satellite record for that day, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Years of data suggest ecosystem shifts in the Northern Bering Sea

Scientists say based on years of observations and data gathered in the Northern Bering Sea, as well as a recent research cruise, they can see warming waters and biological changes going further north.
A map of the proposed Graphite Creek mine site. Image credit: Graphite One Resources (2017).

Western Alaskans concerned about Graphite One project’s impact on subsistence

Graphite One Resource’s proposed graphite project in Western Alaska seeks eventually to become the largest graphite mine in the country, with a life of at least 40 years. Before it can set up a mine, however, the company needs to gather more environmental data and continue community outreach with local residents, who are concerned about how subsistence resources will be affected.
Image at top: A puffin on Hornøya Island in northernmost Norway. Photo: Flickr user nrknatur, shared via Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0).

USGS scientists say there’s not yet enough information to tie seabird die-offs to toxins

Over the course of several seasons, dead seabirds have been found on coastlines all over the Bering Strait region, most of them emaciated. Scientists don’t know why the birds are starving, and they say they don’t have enough information yet to determine a definitive link between these specific bird die-offs and toxins created by algal blooms.

Low levels of algal toxins in northern Bering Sea of interest to scientists and residents

During the Algal Toxin Workshop on Tuesday, participants shared their knowledge about algal blooms and the biotoxins some of them produce.

Warmer waters believed to be main cause for dead pink salmon in Norton Sound

Norton Sound residents have reported salmon die-offs in unusually large numbers during the last week.

Aspiring to have a ‘live city again,’ Solomon moves forward on path to renewable energy

What used to be a fast-growing community during the gold rush in the early 1900s, the Village of Solomon is now only inhabited seasonally with no year-round residents. Located about 30 miles east of Nome, this community now seeks to return to its former status as a city.

Emmonak votes to keep alcohol and remain ‘damp’

Voters in the Western Alaska community of Emmonak have narrowly decided to continue restricted alcohol sales and remain a so-called "damp" community under local option laws.

Diomede’s outdated water system recovers only partially after failure; residents make do with snow melt and run-off

Officials say a myriad of issues — including rust buildup in the water storage tank, an outdated pressure pump and a failed heating system — caused Diomede's water system to stop working earlier this month.

‘Ragin’ Contagion’ exercise tests Nome’s ability to respond to widespread disease

The fall of 2018 marked one hundred years since the Spanish flu hit Western Alaska, devastating Alaska Native populations and wiping out some villages in the region. This month, public health officials participated in a statewide exercise that tested how communities would respond if a similar widespread airborne disease happened today.

Elim without potable water; boil notice issued

The community of Elim is going into its fourth day without running water, following more than a day without power over the weekend. And as of Tuesday, the state issued a boil-water notice for the Norton Sound coastal community.

Hunter finds two bodies between Nome and Teller

Two bodies have been found between Nome and Teller, southwest of the Sinuk River bridge. Alaska State Trooper spokesperson, Megan Peters, says the two bodies found over the weekend by a local hunter have not been identified.

Nome woman arrested after confronting Dunleavy at airport

During Governor Mike Dunleavy's visit to Nome yesterday, which was one of his scheduled “roadshow” stops around the state, he was greeted at the airport by Brenda Evak, who was ultimately taken away in handcuffs for alleged disorderly conduct.

Alaska delegation introduces bills to curb states’ bans on walrus ivory

Alaska’s Congressman and Senators have introduced legislation in the U.S. House and Senate to preempt states from banning walrus ivory, whale bone and other marine mammal products.
A city seen from above covered in snow

Drug trafficking charges filed against former head of Kotzebue post office

A former postmaster in Kotzebue has been indicted for charges of drug trafficking, which allegedly took place over a two-year period while he was running the local post office.