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Archive for May 2012

Dial it in

When you’re in an urban area, you can scan the radio and stumble across dozens of stations. As a big radio fan, I love working the dial, and can fumble around for hours. But in a remote area like Nome with very few radio stations, it’s a bit more interesting (and thrilling) to pick up…

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Update News: Monday, May 14, 2012

Ten men from Savoonga receive federal citations for selling raw ivory to non-Natives, violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act; Kuskokwim River contamination linked to the Red Devil mercury mine sparks community meetings with BLM; an Eagle River man treated for wounds from a grizzly bear attack; and retail hours at rural Alaskan post offices may be cut under a cost-saving plan by the postal service.

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Profile: Teaching Tlingit Art in Nome

Ed Littlefield is the Artist in Residence at Nome’s Anvil City Science Academy. He’s been working with students for the past two weeks using a traditional Tlingit melody to teach music and performance art. The end product of the two-week session will be a performance that weaves together a Tlingit choir, body percussion, short performance…

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Update News: Friday, May 11, 2012

Alaska Supreme Court orders redistricting board to amend plan for 2012 elections; Elim city council has not decided whether to canvass vote to go damp; Coast Guard medevacs 3 fishermen exposed to ammonia; governor signs bill outlawing texting while driving; Parnell names Probasco to Board of Game; and an Anvil City Science Academy artist in residence helps students create Tlingit performance art.

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The Play is the Thing

January and February got a little tedious this year. I don’t want to sound like I didn’t appreciate life for those two months, but I certainly got tired of the constant below zero temperatures, the cars that wouldn’t start, and the need to wear four layers just to stay warm when going outside. To help…

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Profile: The BOSS Project

The BOSS Project is the Bering-Okhotsk Seal Survey, and for the past month, they’ve been flying planes with specialized cameras over the Bering Sea. An international collaboration between NOAA Fisheries and their Russian counterparts, BOSS is using digital cameras alongside heat-sensing thermal cameras to take a population survey of ribboned, spotted, ringed, and bearded seals. John Jansen, a…

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Update News: Thursday, May 10, 2012

Body found north of Anchorage identified as missing airman; Federal Subsistence Board adopts tribal consultation policy, holds off on consultation with ANCSA corporations; largest herring fishery on hold, herring not eager to show up; NOAA and Russian counterparts collaborate in seal survey; Chief Papasadora reminds youth that choices made now can impact entire community.

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Update News: Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Elim votes to go damp, 2nd election may take place due to ballot discrepancies; BSSD board approves 52-million dollar budget, sees utility costs rise 1-million dollars; Gambell residential caregiver wins national award; two Nome teachers retire after 20+ years with district, housing issue for incoming teachers and hiring.

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Update News: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Whaling commission former director Maggie Ahmaogak pleads guilty to misappropriating money; jury selection for militia leader trial to continue today; searchers look for 13-year-old hiker in Southeast; Nome Schools, Rotary Club and Boys and Girls Club ask to be included in city budget.

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Let’s Touch(Stone) Some Seals

You’ve read about Sounding Board, KNOM’s weekly call-in show. Hosting Sounding Board is both a nice change of pace from, and a bucketful of extra work on top of, your normal duties at KNOM. And as the focus of the show is on the callers, a good show lives or dies by how many listeners…

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