Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM - Nome

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Tribal Justice Summit renews focus on tribal courts in Western Alaska

Tribes from around the region met at Kawerak’s first Tribal Justice Summit in Nome to talk about what tribal justice could look like for them.

Nome police chief says audit of sexual assault cases on hold

Now that two temporary investigators have left, Nome Police Chief Bob Estes says an audit of old sexual assault cases has stopped.

After Nome detention facility closure, some fear youth sent out of the region won’t return

Five juveniles have already been removed to Juneau and Palmer. In Nome, some are concerned that the region might not ever see the kids again.

ACLU prepared to sue Nome over mishandling a reported rape

The civil rights group alleges that Nome police failed to properly handle the reported rape of former Nome Police dispatcher Clarice “Bun” Hardy in 2017.

Cruise ships are coming to Nome through the Northwest Passage. Locals are excited — and wary

This has been Nome’s busiest cruise season to date, leaving some residents to wonder what that means for the future.

Despite Dunleavy vetoes, construction to continue at Nome Wellness Center

With Gov. Mike Dunleavy's line-item budget vetoes finalized, organizations serving Nome and the Bering Strait region are coming to terms with how these cuts will affect their services. In Nome, construction on a new Wellness Center continues.

Kawerak hosts Indian Affairs officials in Nome for roundtable on public safety

The primary agenda included discussion on violent crime, missing and murdered Native Americans, and narcotics.

Shishmaref man finds 50-year-old Russian message in a bottle

It isn't every day that a 50-year-old message in a bottle washes up on the shores of Western Alaska. But that’s exactly what happened to Tyler Ivanoff near Shishmaref on August 5.

Nome officials suspend search for missing 14-year-old Nome girl

Nome police and Alaska State Troopers are actively searching for a 14-year-old female who may have been abducted.

Despite ice loss, study shows Chukchi Polar Bears are doing well

A ten-year study of Chukchi Polar Bears, conducted from 2008 to 2018, found more bears than expected — and healthy ones, too. That’s despite sea ice loss in the Bering and Chukchi Seas.

Shaktoolik students save abandoned bearded seal pup

An abandoned and starving bearded seal pup is making her way towards good health thanks to a group of Shaktoolik students.

Emergency response workshop details communication shortfalls in rural Alaska

The Arctic Domain Awareness Center came to Nome last Friday to learn how rural Alaskans, particularly Alaska Natives, felt they were prepared to handle a major, weather-related crisis.

City of Nome again delays reading on public safety commission

At the last regular meeting, the council received suggested amendments from the American Civil Liberties Union. Those proposals were discussed during a work session last week, but not all of them were adopted for the Council meeting Monday.

Rookie Ryan Redington wins 2019 Kobuk 440

Ryan Redington claimed victory in the 2019 Kobuk 440 on Sunday morning, pulling into Kotzebue with six dogs in harness just after midnight.

Family of St. Mary’s man sues trooper who shot him

Last summer, an Alaska State Trooper fatally shot a man in the lower Yukon Delta community of St. Mary’s. Now his family is filing a wrongful-death lawsuit against the trooper.

For Nome cemetery, radar survey offers new insights — and prompts new questions

A summer survey with ground-penetrating radar revealed a possible 403 unidentified occupants in the Nome Municipal Cemetery.

Search continues for White Mountain man missing since Nov. 4

Lincoln Simon, 63, went missing on November 4 after his four-wheeler broke through thin ice.

Nome city manager placed on administrative leave after harassment claim

City Manager Tom Moran has been placed on administrative leave after a Nome citizen raised claims of harassing behavior during Monday night’s City Council meeting. Listen now

Nome officer who pleaded guilty to assault is rehired by police department

Carl Putman, the former Nome Community Service Officer who pleaded guilty in July to charges of assault while on duty, has been rehired by the Nome Police Department. Putman has been hired on as an emergency hire temporary dispatcher for NPD. Listen now