|In this issue:
||Dear Friend of
The tundra and the rivers come alive during summer, and so do radios. Throughout western Alaska, families who live in remote villages travel to even more isolated points to gather food for the coming long winter.
In every one of these tiny fish camps, you’ll find a battery-powered radio, and you’ll probably find it turned on all day, tuned to KNOM.
We thank you for providing these families the gift of being in touch with the outside world, and giving them all of the inspirational and educational services we broadcast, which they welcome into their camps.
May God greatly bless you for your kindness!
From Cottage Grove, MN, the talented Amy is embarking on her second
year as KNOM volunteer, producing daily news interviews as well as announcing
the morning show Monday through Friday.
SPOTTED: Since January, KNOM has broadcast approximately 17,000 inspirational spots, and an equal number of educational ones. We are the oldest Catholic radio station in the United States, serving isolated villagers throughout western Alaska villages 24 hours a day, thanks to you.
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: All over
the world, people travel to big cities to visit great art galleries, where
they find famous paintings and statues that are kept locked up and under
guard all night.
We are so fortunate: All of nature is God’s art gallery, and it’s always open.
In May, it was an eye-opening visit to village Alaska for Secretary of
Education Ron Paige, who learned that well-meaning federal laws don’t always
make sense here.
For one thing, new regulations allow for a student to transfer from a failing school to a better one, at school district expense.
That might work in the Lower 48, but what’s a student from the village of Savoonga (sah-VOONG-gah) to do, with the next-nearest school an eight-hour round trip snowmobile ride?
Further, the No Child Left Behind Act requires teachers to have a degree in the core subject they teach. There are eight core subjects, and in rural Alaska, many schools have only three teachers.
Savoonga, with 686 Siberian Yupik Eskimos is located on the northern
coast of St. Lawrence Island. KNOM volunteer news reporter Julia
Dunlap covered the Secretary’s trip for our listeners.
It’s not unusual for late spring fog to roll in off the ocean and disable
air travel. That happened in late May, canceling many flights and
disrupting passengers, freight and mail. It was nowhere near the
recent record of five days in a row, set in August 2001, but still troublesome.
From left, the three are Terry Romenesko, Annie Blandford and Linda Peters.
All three came to the hospital as KNOM volunteers whose salaries supported the radio mission. Over the years, a total of 71 generous men and women kept KNOM on the air in this way. During the 1970s and 1980s, their gifts amounted to 70% of the station’s operating income. We salute them and thank them!
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: On this day:
Mend a quarrel,
Dismiss a suspicion, and replace it with trust,
Write a letter to someone who misses you,
Keep a promise,
Examine your demands on others,
Express your gratitude,
Overcome a fear, and
Show someone you love them, and do it again, and again, and again and again....
(left): The morning of June 2nd we bid farewell to KNOM production
director Mike Nurse.
After four years here, the first two as a volunteer, Mike is moving to Seattle to study alternative medicine.
Mike has won more personal awards than anyone in the history of the station, for his educational spots, and special programs like “Eskimo Stories and Legends.”
We will miss him both professionally and personally, and we know that
you join us in praying for a happy, successful future for this talented
and caring man. God bless you, Mike!
Buying salad fixings for a farewell picnic for Mike Nurse (along with 18 eggs and three bananas for home), Florence Busch was horrified at the price.
$2.19 for one large onion? $4.28 for one head of lettuce? $8.97 for one head of cauliflower?
As you know, almost all of Nome’s food must be shipped by air, and the
spoilage rate is very high. It’s one of those things that we must
“OX” AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE: Just off the gravel
Kougarok (KOO-gah-rok) Road about 10 miles north of Nome, early June brought
views of a half-dozen baby musk oxen, protected by a handful of adults.
About twenty pounds at birth, these little critters will eventually grow
to around 900 pounds.
Please remember missions like KNOM in your will.
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: Never compare yourself to another. You were formed with great precision.|
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: Christ said that anyone who receives one little child in His Name, receives Him. Thank you, Lord, for parents who adopt.|
program director Ric Schmidt inspects our new Light Emitting Diode beacon,
awaiting a tower crew to install it at the top of our 230-foot tower.
This new technology uses only 10% the electricity of our 32-year-old unit, which needs replacement.
Costing $3,227.90, the beacon and two side lights were to be installed in June. The total cost of this and other needed tower work (we may need spot welding between sections of tower) might exceed $30,000.
Please stay tuned!
30 YEARS AGO: In June 1973, just shy of two years on the air, KNOM asked for help in paying for a food shipment on an oceangoing barge from Seattle, mostly canned goods. The station made such orders until 1993, cutting the mission’s food costs in half.
1973’s food bill for the volunteers, including freight, was expected
to top $15,000, all of which needed to be paid up front.
According to consulting engineer Jack Mullaney, we can expect to fill out more paperwork in two to six months, and receive permission to build these little auxiliary stations in a year or two.
Please add Jack, as well as attorney Chris Ornelas, and the senior partner in Chris’ law firm, Lee Knauer, to your prayers, won’t you? Over the course of many years, these busy professionals have never charged our mission for their services, saving us many tens of thousands of dollars.
BUSTING THEIR BUTTONS: On a road trip following their daughter’s college graduation in Montana, Tom and Florence Busch were driving through the darkness in eastern Wyoming. As you can imagine, there aren’t many radio signals in that sparsely-populated region.
They happened to tune to KOA in Denver. Who was delivering a ten-minute newscast? It was John Hall, 2001-2 KNOM volunteer news reporter!
Tom reports that they were “busting their buttons” with pride for the
young man. “He sounded great,” Tom said, “just as he did on KNOM.”
All of a sudden, we’re out of space! Thank you very, very much. We keep you and your intentions in our daily prayers. May God bless you and everyone you love.
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