Laureli Kinneen, KNOM - Nome

Laureli Kinneen is a reporter at KNOM in Nome.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.