Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM - Nome


Iditarod mushers will still cross the finish line in Nome, but the city has canceled its race-related festivities

The City of Nome will not be hosting any race-related festivities due to concerns about the coronavirus.

In severely overcrowded housing market, a Nome resident finds a creative solution

The rooms are furnished with beds, a lamp, and shelves. The kitchen is stocked with the essentials like bags of flour, sugar, coffee, and tea.

Temps are low in Nome, but electric bills may be high, utility warns

Many Nome will see higher electric bills when they get their next monthly statement from Nome Joint Utility System.

Golovin lawmaker calls for REAL ID extension to benefit rural Alaska residents

In a letter to Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Sen. Donny Olson wrote that both Dunleavy and President Trump have a responsibility to ensure the REAL ID mandate is implemented properly so as not to infringe upon Alaskans’ rights to travel.

Dunleavy budget proposal funds more state troopers, some in Western Alaska

Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget proposal for fiscal year 2021 includes funding for 15 additional Alaska State Trooper (AST) positions including one in Nome, one in Unalakleet, and potential new posts in St. Michael, Ambler and Anchor Point on the Kenai Peninsula.

Shaktoolik reinforces protective berm, but it may not be enough to keep stormwater away

Norton Sound storms have caused large chunks of the berm to erode this year, necessitating emergency repairs.

Open positions among Bering Strait troopers may mean some incidents don’t make it into public dispatches

Since late October KNOM has reported on four incidents in which Alaska State Troopers responded to a community in the Bering Strait region but did not post an online public dispatch afterwards. Two of those...
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Nome man charged with heroin possession loses marijuana handler’s permit

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board on Wednesday unanimously voted to revoke Quincy Iyatunguk’s marijuana handler’s permit after he was arrested for allegedly trying to transport heroin to Nome last month.

Holy Cross looks to tribal courts for public safety solutions

While the Holy Cross tribal court has been called at least monthly since it started working under a civil diversion agreement in January, it has yet to see repeat offenders.

Human skulls found near Sinuk River

The bones were first reported to Alaska State Troopers on Oct. 10.
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New domestic violence shelter coming to Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

The project, expected to open in January 2020, will shelter up to 12 women from Hooper Bay and the surrounding region.

Dunleavy weatherization cuts mean higher bills, fewer jobs as winter approaches in Western Alaska

As winter closes in, and $5,000,000 for weatherization services cut from the state capital budget, there’s growing uncertainty about what access low-income Alaskans might have for making their homes safer and more energy efficient, especially in Western Alaska.
An Alaska State Trooper cruiser parked on Nome’s Front Street in January 2015.

Troopers seize heroin bound for Nome

Law enforcement seized over $10,000 worth of heroin that was bound for Nome Tuesday afternoon. According to the Alaska State Troopers, investigators stopped 28-year-old Quincy Iyatunguk of Nome at the Anchorage airport around 3:30pm and...

2 bird hunters drown outside Gambell

Troopers believe 51-year-old Mark Nupowhotuk, Jr. and 37-year-old Michael James of Gambell were trying to cross the Aghanaghak Lagoon when their four-wheeler sank.

Nome has test results from sex assault kits, some more than 10 years old. Now it must find a way to investigate the cases.

Many of the returned kits need some type of investigation, but right now NPD says they don’t have the experienced investigators required to do that

Alaska public safety head says state will assist Nome police investigating sexual assault cases

State public safety officials assured the audience at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention last week that they are aware of Nome police’s troubles and plan to assist NPD.

Tribal Justice Summit renews focus on tribal courts in Western Alaska

Tribes from around the region met at Kawerak’s first Tribal Justice Summit in Nome to talk about what tribal justice could look like for them.

Nome police chief says audit of sexual assault cases on hold

Now that two temporary investigators have left, Nome Police Chief Bob Estes says an audit of old sexual assault cases has stopped.

After Nome detention facility closure, some fear youth sent out of the region won’t return

Five juveniles have already been removed to Juneau and Palmer. In Nome, some are concerned that the region might not ever see the kids again.

ACLU prepared to sue Nome over mishandling a reported rape

The civil rights group alleges that Nome police failed to properly handle the reported rape of former Nome Police dispatcher Clarice “Bun” Hardy in 2017.