Davis Hovey, KNOM - Nome

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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.

Polaris casualty identified; cause of fire under investigation

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In the aftermath of the Polaris Hotel fire, which raged for more than half of the day Tuesday, a body has been found and her identity has been determined. Listen now

Nome’s Polaris Hotel on fire; blaze continues into afternoon

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Nome residents awoke this morning to see the Polaris Hotel ablaze. 22 of the available 30 Nome firefighters are currently containing the blaze. Listen now

Troopers recover missing pilot’s body from Yukon River; plane crash under investigation

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Missing pilot Kyle Stevens of Russian Mission has been found deceased at the bottom of the Yukon River.

National Guard focuses on increasing operations during tour of Nome, Brevig Mission, and Teller

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Major General Laurie Hummel, the Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard and Commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, is touring through Western Alaska this week, along with her military entourage from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Listen now

Gambell’s new health clinic now open to patients

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After several years of providing community health services in an overcrowded building, Norton Sound Health Corporation employees in Gambell now have a bigger and newer space to accommodate the community’s needs. Listen now

NSSP plant in Nome violated processing discharge permit, agreement reached with EPA

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Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC) will pay $51,050 in penalties after reaching an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Listen now
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Kotzebue commercial fishers have two buyers in town this season

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For the first time in three years, Kotzebue commercial fishermen will have two buyers to sell their fish to. Listen now

UAF research vessel begins ecosystem study in Bering and Chukchi Seas

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The University of Alaska Fairbanks has begun a new, comprehensive ocean ecosystem study on the Bering and Chukchi Seas. Listen now

Produce coming soon from Pilgrim Hot Springs farming project

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Nome residents could soon be able to buy locally grown vegetables from Pilgrim Hot Springs at a market stand in town. Listen now

Confusion over legalities is hurting Alaskan ivory market, locals say

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With five different states’ ivory bans currently in effect, the latest passed by Hawaii at the beginning of this year, confusion remains among potential walrus ivory buyers in Alaska about what ivory is legal and what isn’t. Listen now

Fiber broadband coming to Nome by year’s end, Quintillion says

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In order to stay on schedule, Kristina Woolston, Quintillion’s Vice President of External Relations, says they will have three vessels in Alaskan waters this summer to install 40 more miles of fiber, which wasn’t completed last year. Listen now

AT&T rolls out 4G cellular in Nome

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AT&T provided its Nome customers with a 4G network at the beginning of this month, after years of preparation. Despite the improved coverage, more local support for AT&T customers won’t be included in the upgrade. Listen now

After years of vacancy, Nome has an Animal Control Officer

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For the first time in almost five years, the City of Nome has an active Animal Control Officer (ACO). Listen now

Northwest Arctic Borough to receive almost $200 million over 10 years from Red Dog Mine

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After a Borough meeting Tuesday night, a new payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) agreement has been struck between the Northwest Arctic Borough (NAB) and Teck Alaska, the operator of Red Dog Mine. Listen now
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Gambell sees second whaling of the year

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Families and community members on St. Lawrence Island will be eating Bowhead whale this week after a local hunter caught Gambell’s second whale of the season on Monday night. Listen now

ANTHC searching for long-term solution for St. Michael’s frozen water and sewer lines

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After going more than a month without sewer or water, the community of St. Michael can again access those services at the local health clinic and City building. About 10 miles of above-ground water and sewer lines in St. Michael froze up back in mid-January. Listen now

St. Lawrence Island assistance centers offer state aid for storm repairs

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The Department of Homeland Security and emergency management, or DHSEM, set up assistance centers on St. Lawrence Island after Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration almost two weeks ago. Listen now

Following winter storms, Governor Walker declares disaster in Savoonga and Gambell

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Governor Bill Walker has issued a disaster declaration for the winter storms that struck Savoonga and Gambell at the end of 2016. Almost $3 million in public assistance, state individual assistance and temporary housing assistance will be given to the St. Lawrence Island communities. Listen now

After New Year’s storm, Savoonga asks state for disaster relief

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In the final days of 2016, a Bering sea storm battered St. Lawrence Island, causing wind and water damage to many buildings in Savoonga. The community declared a local disaster and asked for assistance from the State in order to restore their livelihoods. Listen now

Savoonga, Gambell fare differently in weekend storms

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2016 ended with a Bering Sea storm that brought snow, ocean surges, and strong winds to many communities in Western Alaska. St. Lawrence Island was at risk of coastal flooding from the storm, but according to a City employee in Gambell, both communities on the island did not experience the same amount of damage. Listen now