Missing Nome woman is 'loving' and 'stubborn,' her friends and family say

Sep 28, 2020

Florence Okpealuk, a 33-year-old Nome woman, went missing at the end of August.

Since then, the community, police and the FBI have been looking for clues about her disappearance.

Her name is Florence, but friends call her “Flo.” It’s hard for Lucille Weyapuk to pick just three words to describe her friend Flo.

“Humorous, you know… sophisticated, encouraging, loving, friendly, gosh! You name it!" Lucille Weyapuk said.

Police methods questioned after Nome man arrested for disorderly conduct

Sep 1, 2020

The Nome Police Deparmtent is under scrutiny after some community members questioned why officers used force on a man who was already on the ground.

Results from a long-anticipated audit of the Nome Police Department have now been pushed back indefinitely.

The Nome Common Council discussed public safety updates during their regular meeting and learned that a report from a November 2019 audit of NPD still hasn’t been furnished.

Russell Consulting visited Nome last year to externally review policing procedures, evidence collection, and other departmental issues as part of a department-wide audit. Nearly ten months later, Nome City Manager Glenn Steckman says nothing has materialized.

This coming fall, the Nome elementary school will debut Nome’s first Inupiaq immersion program in an ongoing effort to revitalize one of many Alaska Native languages.

As the longer days of summer-break beckon, Western Alaskan students and teachers alike are ready to leave their classrooms behind and head outside. But for Kiminaq Maddy Alvanna-Stimpfle, a second-grade teacher with the Nome Elementary School, there is plenty of work left to do.

Norton Sound Health Corporation will increase its testing capabilities with more supplies to help fight the potential spread of the coronavirus in the Norton Sound region.

Update: The Norton Sound Health Corporation announced in their daily newsletter that they received the supplies from Samaritan’s Purse on Thursday, April 9.

Nome museum exhibit embraces new and Old Native food traditions

Aug 15, 2019

A new multimedia exhibit at the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum showcases traditional Native foods and the ways they are prepared throughout the Bering Strait region.

The exhibit incorporates footage from both the U.S. and Russian sides of the Bering Strait:

As he speaks, Igor Pasternak watches his own footage from July 2017.

Scientists from all over the world come to Nome each summer for various research projects. The first wave of studies this season included researchers from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA.

“One of the instruments that we deploy has these cameras that point up and point down. And then we put that into the water, and it sinks through the water column.”

Nome plant symposium finds sustenance in Indigenous roots (and flowers, too)

Jul 25, 2019

Norton Sound Health Corporation held its first ever Plant Symposium in Nome, funded by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

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.