Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM - Nome


Police continue search for missing Nome woman last seen in August

Florence Okpealuk went missing from Nome over two months ago. But the Nome Police Department isn’t ready to let the case go cold yet.
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Without running water, Stebbins improvises sanitation amid COVID-19 outbreak

With hand washing stations made from buckets and locally-made bleach, communities are doing the best they can to cope with coronavirus cases.
A red and white coast guard helicopter landed on a concrete landing block

Body found after gold dredge capsizes near Nome

A Coast Guard Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Air Station Sitka participates in a training exercise. (USCG Photo taken by Petty Officer 3rd Class Wes Shinn) The body of...
A face shot of an Alaska Native woman wiith black small plastic glasses. She is smiling slightly.

Missing Nome woman is “loving” and “stubborn,” friends say

Friends and family describe "Flo" as kind and sophisticated, but her upbringing was marred by family tragedy.
A red building under gray skies has several police SUVs parked out front.

Federal resources on the way in search for missing Nome woman

The Federal Bureau of Investigations may become involved with the investigation.
A red building under gray skies has several police SUVs parked out front.

Over a week after Nome woman goes missing, little sign of what could have led to her disappearance

The Nome Police Department says it gathered some evidence on the disappearance, but didn't share specifics.
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Alaska Native women rally to search for missing Nome woman

A 33-year-old Alaska Native woman went missing last week, and some think the official response wasn't as fast as it should have been.
"home of the Nanooks" is written on the wall of a school with a geometric polar bear paiinnted on the wall

Nome public schools move online after student-athlete tests positive for coronavirus

The district did not say which sport the athlete was involved in.
A manila "vote here" sign hangs in a white room with an election worker in blue sitting at the table.

Lt. Governor calls for more poll workers in Western Alaska ahead of primary election

Historically, many retired people and elders have worked at the polls but this year many are sitting it out over coronavirus concerns.
Corks from a gillnet lie on t he black sand in front of beach grass.

COVID-19 restrictions spark food security concerns in Western Alaska

Communities like Stebbins with limited access to the road systems are worried about what an outbreak could mean.

With international travel restrictions, burgeoning Arctic tourism season is canceled

It's the first time since the 90s that Nome hasn't seen a cruise ship over the summer.

Nome area positive case was a village-based healthcare center employee

It's the fourth COVID-19 case for a Norton Sound Healthcare Corporation employee.

Unalakleet teenager leads local March in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Though there isn't a large black population in Unalakleet, the 16-year-old organizer of the march said there are plenty of racial issues in the community.

After coronavirus concerns close Shaktoolik checkpoint, residents band together to create spot for mushers to rest outside of town

Shaktoolik is usually a key resting spot for mushers and their sled dogs before they push the 50 miles to the next checkpoint at Koyuk.

Iditarod mushers will still cross the finish line in Nome, but the city has canceled its race-related festivities

The City of Nome will not be hosting any race-related festivities due to concerns about the coronavirus.

In severely overcrowded housing market, a Nome resident finds a creative solution

The rooms are furnished with beds, a lamp, and shelves. The kitchen is stocked with the essentials like bags of flour, sugar, coffee, and tea.

Temps are low in Nome, but electric bills may be high, utility warns

Many Nome will see higher electric bills when they get their next monthly statement from Nome Joint Utility System.

Golovin lawmaker calls for REAL ID extension to benefit rural Alaska residents

In a letter to Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Sen. Donny Olson wrote that both Dunleavy and President Trump have a responsibility to ensure the REAL ID mandate is implemented properly so as not to infringe upon Alaskans’ rights to travel.

Dunleavy budget proposal funds more state troopers, some in Western Alaska

Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 includes funding for 15 additional Alaska State Trooper (AST) positions including one in Nome, one in Unalakleet, and potential new posts in St. Michael, Ambler and Anchor Point on the Kenai Peninsula.