Davis Hovey, KNOM - Nome

Davis Hovey is a news reporter at KNOM - Nome. Hovey was born and raised in Virginia. He spent most of his childhood in Greene County 20 minutes outside of Charlottesville where University of Virginia is located. Hovis was drawn in by the opportunity to work for a radio station in a remote, unique place like Nome Alaska. Hovis went to Syracuse University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Broadcast Digital Journalism.
Three relatively small windmills turn above small, one-story homes. Green grass in the foreground and thick fog in the background .

COVID-19 cases confirmed in St. Lawrence Island communities

According to the regional health corporation, his newest patient was tested as a close contact of the individual in Savoonga who was confirmed as a positive case on Sunday.
A boom hoists a circular net filled with cod fish.

Cod tagging project shows cod might not overwinter in Bering Sea

As cod populations have surged in the area, it appears that so far, they aren't staying there the whole winter.

Travel ban in Unalakleet after two cases detected in one week

This latest case is a resident of Unalakleet unlike the first one which was identified as a non-resident of the community over the weekend.

Mysterious Bering Straits seabird die-off enters fourth year

Most of the dead birds reported last month were murres and horned puffins.

3 COVID-19 cases confirmed in one day in Norton Sound Region

One of the cases was in the community of Teller, population 237. Health authorities say they will offer additional testing for residents there.
Three relatively small windmills turn above small, one-story homes. Green grass in the foreground and thick fog in the background .

Gambell rations fuel as it awaits fuel barge and line repair

Residents are only allowed to use two gallons of fuel per day due to a leaky fuel line and a fuel barge that didn't arrive last summer.
Envelopes and a bag, all emblazoned with the words "Census 2020"

Census officials say they’ll count all rural Alaskans; Workers on the ground aren’t so sure

With limited person-to-person interaction hampering census effots, only about 17% of Nome's population has been counted.
The research vessel Sikuliaq will work in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas through November. (Photo by Emily Russell, KNOM - Nome)

COVID concerns thwart NOAA and other researchers’ plans to study a Bering Sea in flux

The regional tribal consortium in Nome is hoping researchers will cancel trips.

With Army Corps report signed, Nome Port project heads to Congress

It's the latest step in a 10-year, $500-million project.

Nome hospital reopens after positive tests among workers

The Norton Sound Regional Hospital closed down over the weekend after the first positive tested.

Nome hospital closed to the public after employee tests positive for COVID-19

The positive case was discovered during routine testing.

Bowhead whales are changing migration patterns, researchers say

Last year, Utqiagvik harvested just one whale.

As Nome-based reality TV show Bering Sea Gold returns, lawsuit over injuries moves forward

Last year, two Nome high schoolers filed a suit against one of Nome's main mining companies after the vehicle they were driving struck a cable attached to a dredge that was stretched across the road.

New homegrown VPSO graduates headed to Bering Straits region, but vacancies remain

Eight communities in the Bering Strait region still lack VPSOs.

First COVID case announced in Bering Strait region

The regional health corporation is not releasing the name of the community in which the case was reported.

3 Iditarod mushers rescued by helicopter outside of Nome

The mushers and dogs are in good health, Iditarod officials say.

After years of poor conditions, welcome news for hunters: Bering Sea ice looks normal

Rick Thoman, a climatologist, called it "a big change from the last couple of years and good news for the region.”

Questions over seal stranding and deaths in Bering Sea set the scene for NOAA research cruise

With hundreds of ice seal strandings last year in the Bering Sea, researchers from NOAA Fisheries plan to set sail this April to find out more information about how ice seals are doing with less sea ice, and what might be causing so many to become sick or die

Suicide prevention model relies on local adaptation

A new prevention model aims to make a dent in Western Alaska's high suicide rate by providing the region with research and strategies, and letting each village decide for itself how to use the information.

After months without animal control, Nome has a temporary solution for loose dogs

Even with an animal control officer, the city pound is frequently at maximum capacity.