Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM - Nome

Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM - Nome
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent makes an approach to the Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Arctic Ocean. (Photo by Patrick Kelley/U.S. Coast Guard)

The country’s biggest icebreaker will take trip through Northwest Passage this summer

Experts said the Coast Guard cutter Healy’s trip through the Northwest Passage signifies a willingness to cooperate between Canada and the U.S. despite ongoing disagreements about sovereignty.
A police officer stnds in front of a building

After mishandled investigations, advocates cautious as Nome police try rebuilding trust

Under new leadership, the Nome Police Department has made some positive reforms, but advocates say a lot more work needs to be done to repair trust with the community.
A woman in a purple jacket stares into the distance

Change the law to make prosecution for rape more possible in Nome and across Alaska, experts say

Advocates say the way the 1982 Alaska statute on sexual assault is written places an impossibly high burden on women to prove they were assaulted.
A man's white hands sign a bill

Biden signs ‘milestone’ order on Bering Sea protections, Indigenous knowledge

On his first day in office, Biden signed an order reinstating the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area, which includes protections from off-shore oil and gas leasing in the Norton Sound.
A musher drives dogs through a trail

Mushers react to Iditarod course change

For racers like musher Aaron Burmeister, deciding not to have the race finish in Nome means he won't get a chance to finish in his hometown, but he understands the decision.

Police continue search for missing Nome woman last seen in August

Florence Okpealuk went missing from Nome over two months ago. But the Nome Police Department isn’t ready to let the case go cold yet.
A grey, weathered, single room building in the middle of a grasssy field

Without running water, Stebbins improvises sanitation amid COVID-19 outbreak

With hand washing stations made from buckets and locally-made bleach, communities are doing the best they can to cope with coronavirus cases.
A red and white coast guard helicopter landed on a concrete landing block

Body found after gold dredge capsizes near Nome

The body of a man missing has been found after a dredge capsized near Nome last week, but another body is still missing. Searchers found the body of 56-year-old Serhii Denysenko...
A face shot of an Alaska Native woman wiith black small plastic glasses. She is smiling slightly.

Missing Nome woman is “loving” and “stubborn,” friends say

Friends and family describe "Flo" as kind and sophisticated, but her upbringing was marred by family tragedy.
A red building under gray skies has several police SUVs parked out front.

Federal resources on the way in search for missing Nome woman

The Federal Bureau of Investigations may become involved with the investigation.
A red building under gray skies has several police SUVs parked out front.

Over a week after Nome woman goes missing, little sign of what could have led to her disappearance

The Nome Police Department says it gathered some evidence on the disappearance, but didn't share specifics.
A dirt road leads into rolling mountains in a sunset

Alaska Native women rally to search for missing Nome woman

A 33-year-old Alaska Native woman went missing last week, and some think the official response wasn't as fast as it should have been.
"home of the Nanooks" is written on the wall of a school with a geometric polar bear paiinnted on the wall

Nome public schools move online after student-athlete tests positive for coronavirus

The district did not say which sport the athlete was involved in.
A manila "vote here" sign hangs in a white room with an election worker in blue sitting at the table.

Lt. Governor calls for more poll workers in Western Alaska ahead of primary election

Historically, many retired people and elders have worked at the polls but this year many are sitting it out over coronavirus concerns.
Corks from a gillnet lie on t he black sand in front of beach grass.

COVID-19 restrictions spark food security concerns in Western Alaska

Communities like Stebbins with limited access to the road systems are worried about what an outbreak could mean.

With international travel restrictions, burgeoning Arctic tourism season is canceled

It's the first time since the 90s that Nome hasn't seen a cruise ship over the summer.

Nome area positive case was a village-based healthcare center employee

It's the fourth COVID-19 case for a Norton Sound Healthcare Corporation employee.

Unalakleet teenager leads local March in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Though there isn't a large black population in Unalakleet, the 16-year-old organizer of the march said there are plenty of racial issues in the community.

After coronavirus concerns close Shaktoolik checkpoint, residents band together to create spot for mushers to rest outside of town

Shaktoolik is usually a key resting spot for mushers and their sled dogs before they push the 50 miles to the next checkpoint at Koyuk.