||Dear Friend of KNOM,
It may not feel like it, but our winter is more than half over. We haven’t routinely seen days above freezing since October, and we can expect temperatures to rise into the lower +30’s again sometime in April or May.
The greatest change right now is sunlight. We are enjoying eight hours of sun, making our days more than twice as long as they were in December. You can imagine how welcome that is!
We thank God for your prayers and your financial support for our mission station. Thank you for your help!
A volunteer for
the station from 1982 to 1985, Lynette joined KNOM as salaried
director in 1996. Today, most of her
work is opening and answering mail, depositing contributions and paying
Lynette and husband Ric have six
children, ages 7 to 15, whom she home schools.
TIMES: The third week of January,
Tom and Florence Busch were off to the village of St. Marys, 180 miles
south, for the burial of Florence’s mom Theresa Francis.
St. Marys is one of thirteen Eskimo and Indian villages set to receive local KNOM transmitters, and Tom reports that the people there are very excited about the project.
Please remember missions like KNOM in your will. For many of us, it’s the largest gift we are able to make. We prayerfully place all bequests in funds that will benefit our mission far into the future.
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: God’s Wisdom contradicts the wisdom of the world.|
With 1,450 residents,
remote villages of Gambell and Savoonga lie on St. Lawrence Island,
miles southwest of
The communities are
populated by Siberian
Yupik Eskimos, and are among the most traditional villages in
This past year, KNOM was honored by the Alaska Broadcasters Association with their highest award, “Best Radio Service to the Community,” thanks to a series of broadcasts produced by volunteer deputy news director Julia Dunlap on pollution on the island. This is Julia’s story:
Standing on the beach in Gambell feels like standing on the edge of the world. The 45-mile-per-hour winds and the stark expanse of sea ice are both thrilling and terrifying at the same time.
I have heard that one can see
Gambell’s and Savoonga’s
World War II, the
covered in lead paint and built
with materials containing asbestos still dotted the landscape of the
October 2002, an
where KNOM's involvement
began. I began to travel to the
Since December 2002, I have sat in on four such meetings. In fact, I’ve been the only reporter to attend them. The meetings are long and complicated with new vocabulary words for me to learn and then explain in stories.
I can imagine how difficult things may be for the Islanders. For most of them, Siberian Yupik is their primary tongue, with English a very distant second.
Following each meeting, I typically write five or six stories about what changes are being made and the cleanup plans for the future.
summer a subcontractor for the Corps
removed all of the buildings from the
KNOM currently airs about two stories a month on this important issue. Since many of our listening communities face the problem of military contamination, last spring KNOM offered a Sounding Board call-in show on the topic. Before the show began, two callers were waiting on the phone to speak about their concerns. The show went on for 2 hours.
St. Lawrence Island remains one of my favorite places to visit. Embedded in my mind are images of elders -- some of their faces tattooed with ancient traditional designs -- and small children, wrapped in fur parkas, waving as they sail by on snowmobiles.
are always very welcoming and very appreciative of KNOM. In my heart,
(Left) In front of
Julia sits a four-wheeler. In the Lower
48, they’re used for
recreation. In village
Do not worry about what might happen tomorrow. The same loving Father Who takes care of you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day.
Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you strength to bear it.
Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: When we
hate our enemies, we
give them power over us. Power over our
sleep, power over our health, power over our peace of mind.
Our enemies would dance for joy if they know how our hatred is killing us, while not hurting them in the least.
IT’S A BREEZE: (left) For a daily inspection, general manager
23rd, Tom was out of
town for his mother-in-law’s funeral. That
day, the winds calmed, but the area was beset by
which deposited an inch of hoar frost on the tower and guy wires. As a result, our 25,000 Watt transmitter
began cutting back its power.
THIRTY YEARS AGO: In February 1974, the KNOM crew geared up to
cover the second Iditarod Sled Dog Race. As
it had the previous year, Associated Press installed a
transmitter in the tiny KNOM newsroom to feed timely information on the
the rest of
SOMETHING VERY FISHY: As you
may have read, salmon fishing has been
news is not all bad, however. In 2002, a
regional nonprofit corporation set
up a fish processing plant in
Thank you once more for your generous help and for your prayers. We just manage to meet our bills month to month, thanks to you. May Our Almighty Father bless you greatly. Thank you!
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