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.

Emergency response workshop details communication shortfalls in rural Alaska

May 3, 2019

The Arctic Domain Awareness Center came to Nome looking to know specifically how rural Alaskans, particularly Alaska Natives, felt they were prepared to handle a major, weather-related crisis.

They invited residents from the Bering Strait region to gather at the University of Alaska–Fairbanks Northwest Campus in Nome for an event they called Arctic-focused Incidents of National Significance, or Arctic-IONS.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy says public safety across Alaska is his number one priority, yet his actions to fulfill that commitment seem counterintuitive to some among legislators, like state Sen Donny Olson, and the public alike.

KNOM highlights a recent incident in a Norton Sound community to show the current state of public safety in Western Alaska.


Mar 24, 2017
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation

Alaskan basketball fans are knee deep in March Madness, with both NCAA and ASAA High school playoffs fully underway - in college ball, half of the games occur today and this weekend, and the Final Four happen next weekend with a championship culminating Monday April 3rd. 

In the High School level contests, 3A and 4A schools are at the Alaska Airlines Center this weekend, and 1A and 2A results have been posted on their site as follows: