|In this issue:
||Dear Friend of
On behalf of the thousands of villagers who benefit from our mission, thank you very, very much for your financial support and your prayers this past month.
As the days lengthen, many of them filled with snow and drifting, we
offer you our sincerest gratitude for your generous help.
“RUSSIAN” AROUND: (below, left) In front of the low winter sun, KNOM volunteer Victoria poses with some new Russian friends on a street in Anadyr (ah-NAH-deer), Russia, some 500 miles northwest of Nome. (Photo by Tommy Wells)
With 7,000 souls, it’s Nome’s closest town that large, and it’s the capital of Chukotka (choo-KOTE-kah), which is the Russian province next to Alaska.
Victoria accompanied Nome’s mayor and other dignitaries for the inaugura-tion of Roman Abramovich as governor.
With wind chill temperatures at -70° and colder, Victoria was none-theless “warmly” received.
Please watch for more pictures next month!
Talking to your kids about alcohol and drugs; rebellious teen behavior; botulism and other foodborne illnesses; prostate cancer; the dangers of smoking; how to detect poor vision or faulty hearing in your child; promoting literacy; drinking and driving; how to handle an intoxicated guest; anxiety; Arctic survival; carbon monoxide poisoning; and many, many more, on topics such as health, education, history and science.
Thank you for helping to make these broadcasts possible!
Hurray for LINDA RAAB, who’s in Nome to help out during Paul Korchin’s leave of absence. You’ll recall that Paul’s at Harvard, completing his PhD in ancient Middle Eastern languages. This is the 14th time that Linda has flown to Nome to pitch in at KNOM.
INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: I lift up my eyes to the hills…where does my
help come from? My help comes from the Lord…the Lord will keep you
from all harm…He will watch over your life.
- Psalm 121: 1, 2, 7
||YES, IT’S TRUE: KNOM
is the oldest Catholic radio station in the United States, and has won
more major awards than almost any radio station anywhere.
We work hard to serve our far-flung audience in remote Eskimo and Indian
villages, and into Russia. You, however, are our mission’s real strength.
It is you who makes our work possible.
Although temperatures can drop into the -50°’s, a normal Nome January day varies between –3° and +13° F. By comparison, January 28th’s mercury ranged from +21° to +27°.
In fact, December 1st through January 31st was the warmest such period ever. The temperature averaged 20.4°, which is a whopping seventeen degrees warmer than normal!
We experienced brutal wind, but the wind chill rarely dropped below a relatively balmy -20°.
There is lots of snow, however. With plenty of winter to go, alongside
the KNOM studio, the permanent winter drift is already about eight feet
CLOCK-WISE (left) As Linda Raab
continues to smoothly read a news story in Studio A, her eyes quickly dart
upward to check the clock. That sleepy-eyed look is in fact intense
We had feared worse, and Mike is doing well, thanks to your prayers.
Please consider including missions like KNOM in your will.
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: Love seeks only one thing: the good of the one loved.|
|ICE TO SEE YOU!
(left) Volunteer Olin Fulmer inspects a stream of ice that
formed when a pinhole developed in a water pipe serving the volunteer dormitory.
Interestingly, the very same thing happened to the KNOM studio building a few weeks earlier.
Plumbing experts think that unusually acidic water from the Nome supply, churned by the buildings’ circulating pumps, repeatedly ate away the copper of both pipes at just one tiny spot. The volunteer dorm’s glacier spread thirty feet to each side; in the photo, most of it is hidden by a light snowfall.
There was no serious damage, but all of the feed pipes to the two buildings
may have to be replaced next summer, at a cost of several thousand dollars.
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|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: Only optimists can accomplish anything
worthwhile, because only positive people find it worthwhile to accomplish
The world’s greatest leaders in all facets of life have been individuals who believed deeply that they can make a difference. And they believed that making a difference matters.
||VILLAGE PROFILE: 164
miles west of Nome, Savoonga is located on remote St. Lawrence Island.
Although almost everyone in the village is Presbyterian or Seventh Day
Adventist, KNOM is immensely popular there.
The town is built on wet tundra, with its buildings connected by boardwalks.
The island has been home to Alaskan and Siberian Yupik (YOOP-ik) Eskimos for thousands of years; most of the present inhabitants claim ancestry on the Russian side.
Because of its isolation, its culture and lifestyle are considerably closer to the old ways than in many other villages.
Most residents live off the bounty of the ocean, such as seal, fish, crab and whales, and it has been called the “Walrus Capital of the World.” Other food sources include the abundant sea birds (almost 3,000,000 of them!), bird eggs, and tundra greens.
Most people live below federal poverty levels: the median household income is $11,339, and the average home is valued at $49,600. 86.9% of the adults are either unemployed or “not in the labor force.”
While there aren’t many jobs, the village is home for some of the finest ivory carvers in the world.
Things are looking up in town; while people in 32 of Savoonga’s homes still haul water and honeybuckets, 45 homes have enjoyed indoor plumbing for the past two years.
Thank you for helping us to serve the people of this, and many dozens of other villages throughout vast western Alaska!
Life is made for living, and giving and sharing,
THIRTY YEARS AGO: Finally, the tower climbing was finished, the 230-foot tower was tuned, the transmitter all wired and calibrated, and on February 18, 1971, Tom warmed up the transmitter and cautiously pressed the LOW POWER ON high voltage pushbutton.
The transmitter responded with a flash of light, a crackling sound and a “ker-thunk!” A little detective work determined that one of the 5,000-Watt power tubes was short-circuited, and less than an hour later, a momentary silent carrier signal beamed across the Alaskan airwaves. It worked!
Everything pointed to an official sign on by late spring. “Boy,
were we wrong,” Tom remembers, shaking his head.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS AND FRIENDS:
We expect that former volunteers living in Nome will be have full houses
if we’re fortunate to have a crowd, and you may need to make living arrangements
with one of Nome’s hotels or bed and breakfasts. If you need assistance
or advice, please let us know and we will be happy to help.
Once more, THANK YOU for making our
mission’s powerful signal possible, 24 hours a day. We pledge our
continuing prayers for you and for your intentions.
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: Can you feel God’s encouragement?
Can you sense, in creation or the presence of loved ones, or just in your heart, that your Creator knows you and approves of you?
The gratitude we feel in these moments of awareness can be a prayer, and that prayer is life to our souls.
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