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Nome police begin audit on 14 years of cases, training with FBI

May 31, 2019

For more than a year, Nome community members have pushed the Nome Police Department to change the way sexual assault cases are handled. Now, the police department is auditing old sexual assault cases and moving forward with new training.

“The police department’s job is to investigate that crime, to do it professionally, to do it thoroughly, and do it accurately, and to submit that information to the DA,” said Bob Pruckner, an investigator recently hired to work with NPD.

Nome citizens continue to have concerns about police department

May 30, 2019

For nearly a year, Nome citizens have publicly cried out for transparency and accountability from their police department. In September, the department hired a new police chief and underwent numerous staffing changes.

Nome City Council meetings aren’t normally crowded affairs, but late in the summer of 2018, that changed. Nome citizens had a message for the Council.

In Utqiaġvik, learning about climate change includes studying your backyard

May 28, 2019

In Utqiaġvik, the average temperature has risen over 7 degrees Fahrenheit in the past 50 years. That’s among the biggest jumps in Alaska and the world.

People in Utqiaġvik are already experiencing impacts from that warming, like changes in the sea ice they hunt from, and increased coastal erosion as the period of time when the shoreline is protected from storms by sea ice has gotten shorter.

Erosion claims a half-mile of Akiak's riverbank

May 28, 2019

People in Akiak woke up on May 20 to find their smokehouses in the river. Massive erosion along the riverbank had eaten those structures earlier that morning.

"Yesterday we lost anywhere from 75 to 100 feet of bank," said Akiak City Administrator David Gilila. "That’s just in one day; that’s just in a matter of hours."

Akiak has seen erosion problems before, Gilila said, but nothing like this.

Near downtown Anchorage’s Ship Creek, an art installation pays tribute to Dena’ina  traditions and culture. And at the center is the bronze representation of one of its matriarchs.

On Small Boat Launch Road, Grandma Olga stands ever vigilant – watching over an area that was a traditional fish camp for the Dena’ina people here -- in what’s present-day Anchorage.

Radioactive materials from the Fukushima incident eight years ago have arrived in the Bering Sea. State epidemiologists say the levels are extremely low and do not present a health concern.

Even though the contaminants are here, KNOM reports on why they are at levels below concern and how St. Lawrence Island residents have helped monitor them the whole way.

Klukwan and environmental groups appeal federal court decision in BLM case

May 22, 2019

Groups suing the federal government over its approval of Constantine Metal Resources’ mine exploration plan are appealing the decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A federal judge ruled in March that the Bureau of Land Management doesn’t have to consider future mine impacts when permitting for exploration, but the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan and a coalition of conservation groups is fighting on.

In April, residents of Diomede relied on melting snow and run-off as drinking water for 11 days. The community’s running water was restored, but local experts say they aren’t out of the woods yet, as the system still is not fully functioning.

According to Laura Achee, a spokesperson with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, or ADEC, part of the limited information ADEC received was that the water tank was inoperable, and the system was having issues.

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