Laureli Kinneen, KNOM - Nome

Laureli Kinneen is a reporter at KNOM in Nome.

Nome Travelers Stuck Due To Runway Closure

A runway closure in Nome has passengers stuck for days, waiting to fly in or out of the Seward Peninsula community.

Bird Flu Not Responsible For Alaska Ice Seal, Walrus Illness

Scientists say a type of bird flu – H3N8 – is responsible for the death of the more than 160 harbor seals on the East Coast. Reports of sick seals began in September, which coincided with the reports of diseased seals in Alaska’s northern coasts. KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen reports there is no relation between the avian flu on the East Coast and the disease affecting iced seals and walrus in Alaska.

Detained Jet Skiers Back In US

Six American jet skiers are back on American soil after spending five days in detention in Lavrentiya, Russia. The group crossed the Bering Strait without proper documentation while filming for the reality show Dangerous Waters.

Long-Standing Land Dispute Should Be Settled Soon

A forty-year land dispute between an Alaska Native Corporation and the State of Alaska should be cleared soon with the signature of President Barack Obama.

Family Of Susan Butcher Travel Portion Of Iditarod Trail

As the leaders in the 2012 Iditarod race travel along the coast, three teams are on their own journey. Dave Monson and his two daughters – 16-year-old Tekla and 11-year-old Chisana – the family of the late Susan Butcher, are traveling along the last portion of the trail.

Iron Dog Starts Sunday

The flag drops for the 2012 Iron Dog Snowmachine Race on Sunday. This year’s field may very well be the most competitive. KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen in Nome – which is the halfway point for the Iron Dog has the story.

Coldest Villages Paying Highest Prices For Fuel

And while the price of fuel will most likely not reach $9 dollars a gallon in Nome this winter, some residents in the coldest parts of the state pay the highest prices.

Year In Review: Nome and Anchorage

This week APRN and our affiliates across the state have been taking a look back at favorite and significant stories of 2011. Tonight we start in Nome.

Mushers Add Another Alaska Race To Schedule

For rural Alaska mushers, the race season is starting to wind up. In January, there’s the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. In April, the Kobuk 440.

Health Care Aides Won’t Strike

Communities throughout the Norton Sound region will continue to have patient care come Monday, December 19. Health aides will not go on strike.

Crew Works To Restore Savoonga Power

An AVEC lineman made it to Savoonga Friday morning and with one hour of work, he had power going for 40 households, including the Post Office, Church and Public Safety building. According to the Alaska Village Electric Co-op, the remaining 30 homes should have power by this afternoon with the change of a transformer.

Russian Icebreaker to Make History in Alaska

A failed marine delivery of 1.6 million gallons of fuel due to November’s storm spurred the leadership at the Sitnasuak Native Corporation in Nome to get creative. They’re looking to Russian and Korean companies to keep fuel costs down in the Western Alaskan community.

UAF Nome Campus Director Resigns Amid Pot Charges

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus in Nome now has an interim director. Last Friday, Lee Haugen resigned and later this month, she will go to court, having admitted to sending marijuana to herself back in October.

Fuel Barge Adrift in Bering Strait

Update: The Alaska Dispatch is reporting that the barge is now under control and is being towed to Port Clarence. A barge carrying 140,000 gallons of aviation fuel and 5,800 gallons of gasoline is adrift...

Fuel Spilled After Vessel Loses Power, Drifts into Channel Rocks

There was a fuel spill in Nome Saturday morning that leaked up to 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the ocean near the harbor. The vessel that hit rocks near the Nome Harbor and spilled up to 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel belongs to Alaska Logistics – one of the main shippers to Western Alaska.

Fatal Crashes Claim Four Lives in Nome, Elim

Three people have died in two fatal accidents that occurred in Nome and Elim in the early morning hours Sunday.

More Beaver Activity, More Coho Salmon

Anecdotal reports from the public have revealed that beaver activity has grown in northern Alaska and looks to have an impact on salmon.

Northern Waters Task Force Meets This Week

The Northern Waters Task Force held a series of meetings in Kotzebue and Nome this week.

Vote Delayed on Bycatch Reduction Alternatives

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Saturday to delay the initial review of chum salmon bycatch reduction alternatives in the Bering Sea Pollock Fishery.

North Bering Sea Plan Delayed for Further Research

In 2008, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council closed the Northern Bering Sea to bottom trawling. It was open to all kinds of bottom trawling until then…it just hadn’t occurred.