Laura Kraegel, KUCB - Unalaska

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Laura Kraegel covers Unalaska and the Aleutian Islands for KUCB . Originally from Chicago, she first came to Alaska to work at KNOM, reporting on Nome and the Bering Strait Region. (laura@kucb.org / 907.581.6700)

Nome judge recommended for public censure

At a disciplinary hearing last week, Nome Superior Court Judge Timothy Dooley admitted to violating the state code of judicial conduct by making inappropriate statements to victims and witnesses. The Alaska Committee of Judicial Conduct has recommended that he be publicly censured, assigned a mentor judge, and encouraged to undergo sensitivity training.

Nome judge faces misconduct allegations

Nome Superior Court Judge Timothy Dooley will go before a judicial oversight committee on Thursday for a disciplinary hearing, facing multiple charges of professional misconduct.

Nome 4th-grader wins 2016 Iditarod button contest

While the last great race is still months away, the Iditarod button design contest already has a champion: Ayla Knodel, a fourth-grader at Nome Elementary School.

Troopers suspend search for missing Unalakleet woman

Alaska State Troopers have suspended the search for a Unalakleet elder missing for six days, according to a dispatch released Monday afternoon.

Unalakleet community, troopers search for missing woman

Search and rescue efforts in Unalakleet are entering their sixth day, as the community continues looking for 74-year-old Vivian Foote.

Gas line leak fixed in Shishmaref; cleanup will continue in the spring

A leaking gas line in Shishmaref has finally been fixed about a year and half after a village public safety officer first discovered an oily sheen along the northern coast of Sarichef Island. Officials with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said the leak came from a tank farm fuel line owned by the Shishmaref Native Store.

Proposed min. student rule could close schools in Nome, Diomede

To receive state funding, Alaska schools must have a minimum of 10 students. A new proposal could raise the minimum to 20, or even 25 students, in an effort to slash state spending. If passed, the legislation could close around 60 schools statewide, including several in western Alaska.

Potential legislation could close small schools in Diomede, Nome, and other western communities

To receive state funding, Alaska schools must have a minimum of 10 students. At least, that’s the rule right now. But some lawmakers are looking at raising the number to 20 students — or even 25 — in an effort to slash state spending. If passed, the legislation could close around 60 schools statewide, including several in western Alaska.

Nome public schools consider recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Nome public schools took the first step toward recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day at a school board work session last week. That’s when Superintendent Shawn Arnold proposed a resolution aimed at adding the holiday to the district’s official calendar.

Nome reindeer ranch fundraises for mobile slaughter units, looking to sell local meat

After five years of rebuilding their herd and corral, the Midnite Sun Reindeer Ranch is ready to take the next step — fundraising for two mobile slaughter units that would let them process and sell the meat from their business just outside of Nome.

Science takes center stage at USARC meeting in Nome

Science was in the spotlight when the U.S. Arctic Research Commission came together for its second and final day of meetings, covering a range of topics — from fire forecasts and walrus tagging to sea ice loss and the nutritional value of reindeer meat. Download Audio

Bering Air buys eight new planes to replace older Caravans

Bering Air is upgrading its fleet with eight brand-new airplanes — Cessna Caravans worth about $2.5 million dollars each.

With Subsistence Foods Running Short, Bering Strait Villages Receive A Donation of Halibut

For four communities affected by this spring’s poor walrus harvest, help is on its way in the form of 10,000 pounds of halibut. Download Audio

Village of Wales Starts Polar Bear Patrol to Protect Community

Representatives from four agencies arrived in Wales recently, equipped with 40 pizzas and a slideshow on polar bear deterrents. It was one of the final meetings in a years-long effort to start a community-run polar bear patrol with help from the Alaska Nanuuq Commission, the North Slope Borough, the World Wildlife Fund, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Download Audio

Sikuliaq Docks in Nome, Previews Upcoming Research Missions

The research vessel Sikuliaq docked in Nome on July 21 and opened its doors to local visitors. While touring the ice-capable ship — owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks — visitors asked questions of the crew and learned about their upcoming missions.

Nome Reindeer Ranch Cultivates A New Generation of Herders

In 1967, Larry Davis snow machined from Nome to Cape Espenberg. When he returned, he brought with him 200 reindeer — a herd that would eventually swell to 10,000 in the 1990s. But that’s just a piece of recent history. Download Audio:

Parasite Plagues Some Yukon Kings

As Yukon salmon continue their summer runs, subsistence fishermen continue to express frustration about gear restrictions, closures, and — now — potentially infected fish. Download Audio