For 4 communities affected by this spring’s poor walrus harvest in the Bering Strait region, help is on its way in the form of 10,000 pounds of halibut.
Nearly 200 boxes of the fish were delivered to Nome Wednesday, according to Donna James, the senior planner at regional nonprofit Kawerak. She says the delivery is being sorted and will soon be distributed to the communities of Diomede, Gambell, Savoonga, and Wales.
Kivalina's store burned to the ground in December, and residents have been without one since. Janet Mitchell is Kivalina's city administrator. Mitchell says a temporary store was established but it was a very small space.
Governor Bill Walker and Lt. Governor Byron Mallot will return sealskin vests given to them as gifts earlier this year in Kotzebue. The bearded seal vests were made by a daughter of North Slope Borough mayor Charlotte Brower, and paid for with Borough money.
Federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Brian Salerno on Wednesday announced that Shell has received conditional approval of two Applications for Permits to Drill to conduct limited exploratory drilling activities in the Chukchi Sea.