DANCING— A pair of sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) engaged in a dance near Nome last week. Sandhill cranes mate for life, choosing their partners based on dancing displays. The
birds stretched their wings, pumped their heads, bowed and leapt into the air.
Photo by Diana Haecker
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL— On Tuesday August 19, summer was officially over for Nome students as
the first day of school rolled around. Here, young student Benny Lie shows her excitement to attend Ms.
Hazel’s first grade class at the Nome Elementary School.
Photo by Keith Conger
PASSING ON TRADITION— Ben Iknokinok, left, guides Jerry
Tunguyin in a dance. The Gambell singers and dancers welcomed
participants of the Arctic Resource Development and Infrastructure
Summit organized by the Bering Sea Alliance LLC in Gambell last
week. See story and more photos starting on page 10.
Gold dredger dies while diving for gold off East Beach
By Diana Haecker
A 39-year-old diver died on Wednesday, August 13 evening while diving for gold off the gold dredge Argo. The man was identified as Sean Beals of Seattle, Washington. The Alaska State Troopers received a report at 10:41 p.m. of an unresponsive diver working off the dredge, located half a mile off shore from Farley’s Camp, 4.5 miles east of Nome.
NSEDC bridges Foster building funding gap
By Sandra L. Medearis
Crews are building water and sewer services into the site where the Richard Foster Building will contain the City’s library, Carrie M. McLain Museum and leasable space for Kawerak Inc.’s Beringia Center of Culture and Science.
Kobuk River sees large fish die-off
By Diana Haecker
According to Alaska Fish and Game, a large fish die-off has been observed along the shores of the Kobuk River. Reports from Kiana, Ambler and Shungnak that hundreds of fish died off in the river reached ADF&G offices this week.