Looking at the increased traffic through the Bering Straits for trade and energy production, Alaska would need a port for transit from trade and shipping. At the First Arctic Circle conference it was mentioned today by a reliable- yet unofficial- source mentioned that the likely location for such a port may be Port Clarence (~70 miles by land north of Nome). This would assist in what has been estimated as halving shipping time from Asia to N. Europe. Requiring much less fuel. Cutting down on emissions. And locating possibly up to 20% of undiscovered oil reserves. If this is a case, will the state punch through the long spoken about ‘road to Nome’? Possibly not- as it may be dedicated to international trade, yet as a side winder it may increase barge traffic up and down the rivers with new imported goods to villages.