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Dear Friend of KNOM,
You and your intentions are remembered at our weekly staff meeting, and in our personal prayers, too.
Thank you a million times over. God be with you and greatly bless you!
This year, Kellen is a sophomore at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, majoring in education. He’s one of three young people from Nome who do summer volunteer work for the mission.
Kellen’s work has two benefits. First, it will give him the opportunity to learn if broadcasting might be a career he might want to pursue.
And, our listeners enjoy hearing what good things young people from this region can accomplish.
LONG JOURNEY: Former KNOM volunteer, now Nome pastor Fr. Ross Tozzi (in an image from last September's Nome Static), wove into a Sunday Mass radio sermon his trials while trying to return from isolated Little Diomede Island, in the Bering Strait.
He was there for a Saturday wedding, hoping to leave for the mainland in a small boat in a day or two. But the seas turned rough.
Eight days later, a passing Canadian Coast Guard cutter ferried him to the tiny village of Wales, where the next plane was shy one seat. The pastor of Wales’ small Lutheran church put him up for the night.
“God calls us to be persistent in prayer,” Fr. Ross said in his homily. “God answers our prayers, but often times, it is a surprise how they are answered.”
KNOM is the oldest Catholic radio station in the United States, beaming education, news, encouragement, companionship and inspiration 24 hours a day throughout 100,000 square miles of extremely remote western Alaska, thanks to you.
INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: We don’t grow by chasing ourselves in small circles of regret for our human weaknesses.
We don’t grow by turning the spotlight of our attention on the failures of others, either.
We grow by focusing our minds and hearts on Christ, and dedicating ourselves to His service.
“Happy 39th birthday,” read one on July 14th. “Thank you to all the people, past and present, who have made KNOM what it is today….Thank you for being a vital part of life in rural Alaska….Please keep up the AWESOME work! .…May God bless and keep you.”
Still more: “Thanks for the radio being a friend for the years.” “Thank you, KNOM, for your excellence.” “Thanks for all the great programs, spots, news, weather and opportunities you’ve provided western Alaska!”
Muskoxen are native to many northern climes. In Alaska, they were
hunted to extinction more than a hundred years ago.
Muskoxen are native to many northern climes. In Alaska, they were hunted to extinction more than a hundred years ago.
In 1930, 34 of the animals were imported to Fairbanks from Eastern
Greenland, and later sent to remote Nunivak Island to populate in the wild.
In 1930, 34 of the animals were imported to Fairbanks from Eastern Greenland, and later sent to remote Nunivak Island to populate in the wild.
Later, they were introduced to the Nome area, where they thrive, with a
population of about 1,800 today.
Later, they were introduced to the Nome area, where they thrive, with a population of about 1,800 today.
In summer 2010, this small herd approached closer to the city of Nome than ever before. While they are fairly tolerant of humans, they dislike dogs, and several loose pets have been seriously injured this year.
(Left) From the gravel Nome-Council road, KNOM general manager Ric Schmidt observes the animals from a safe distance.
Lord, Your Will.
REST IN PEACE: (left) We especially mourned the death of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, shown here in KNOM Studio C in August 2005, holding a press conference with KNOM and the Nome Nugget newspaper.
(Below, left) In this reverse view taken from Studio B, you can see Paul Korchin at the controls of this live broadcast. In the foreground is Nome Nugget publisher Nancy McGuire.
At the time, Senator Ted was third in line for the presidency, and was protected by the Secret Service. Several agents watched the front door, but oddly, nobody checked the back door, which is closer to Studio C, and was wide open at the time!
Not only was Senator Ted a relatively frequent visitor to KNOM, perhaps once a year, he was integral in the station being established and a great friend of our work.
Over 40 years ago, the application for a new Catholic Nome station was blocked in Washington, DC by two obstacles.
First, the Federal Communications Commission had imposed a freeze on establishing new AM stations.
Second, there was a moratorium on granting rights-of-way across federal lands, pending Alaska Native land claims. (The project needed a right-of-way in order to set up its transmitter site.)
It was Senator Ted who over time relentlessly chipped away at government agencies and overcame both hurdles.
Fifteen years later, he championed FCC action that provided KNOM listeners extensive distant signal protection.
Senator Ted, may you rest with the Lord. We could not have asked for a more caring advocate and friend.
INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: The amount of light we get doesn’t depend so much on the voltage in the lines. Usually it’s the size of the bulb that makes the difference.
God has given us unlimited power through His Son.
But we cannot give His Light to the world through small bulbs. Without charity, without adequate time for worship and prayer, without dedicated service, we have no right to expect great results.
|INSPIRATIONAL SPOT: Lord God, Our Creator, help me to create, too. Create peace by my forgiveness. Create understanding by my being open-minded. Create hope by my gentle caring, and create love by generously serving others.|
It takes about an hour to melt a hole large enough for Sam to pack two or three sticks of dynamite in, and after the blast, about another hour to bucket out debris. The main hole needs to be six feet on a side and twenty feet deep.
(Left) “This’ll be a good one,” Sam mutters just before lighting the fuse of an “eleven-sticker,” photographed from 400 feet away. You can see the Nome River mouth and the Bering Sea in the background.
As we batten down for winter, we again thank you most sincerely for your financial help and your prayers. Our mission would quickly cease to exist without both. May Our Heavenly Father smile upon you for your kindness and your caring.
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