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Archive for February 2013

A special sled dog race returns

February 2013 marked the second running of a sled dog race with special significance for Western Alaskans: the Paul Johnson Memorial Norton Sound 450. The NS450 honors the memory of Paul “Putty” Johnson, a dog musher and community leader from Unalakleet (YOU-nuh-luh-kleet), Alaska, a town well within KNOM’s listening range located on the coast of…

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Saints

An inspirational spot from the March 2013 issue of our newsletter, The Nome Static: Saints are sinners who just keep on trying.  

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Welcome back, Ben!

A familiar (and smiling) face graced KNOM studios last month: that of volunteer alumnus Ben Matheson, who donated a week of vacation time to help our mission with our coverage of the Norton Sound 450 (described in more detail elsewhere in our March newsletter). Ben’s presence within our studios was invaluable. A two-year veteran of…

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What KNOM taught

Our feature series on KNOM volunteer alumni continues with Matthew Smith, our public affairs director from 2010 to 2012 who is now continuing his career in news broadcasting with KTVA television in Anchorage. Here’s Matt, in his own words, on what KNOM has already meant to him: While I’ve only been a KNOM alumnus for…

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Elder Voices: Raymond Seetok Sr.

This month’s Elder Voices celebrates Raymond Seetok Sr, a Kingikmiut elder from Wales. Raymond was born in Wales in 1946. A whaling captain, husband, and father, he grew up with twelve siblings in the traditional Inupiaq way. He speaks about the hardships he faced, and Inupiaq lessons his elders and parents passed onto him about…

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Update News: Thursday, February 28, 2013

In Thursday’s news: Shell cancels 2013 Arctic drilling season; Alaska’s redistricting plans waiting on outcome of US Supreme Court case, case challenging need for federal oversight of state redistricting in states with a history of voting discrimination; Abortion bill debate continues in Juneau, developmental psychologist testifies against abortion on mental health grounds; Parnell’s oil tax…

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Daily Quote: Stephen Spender

“My single pair of eyes Contain the universe they see; Their mirrored multiplicity Is packed into a hollow body Where I reflect the many, in my one.” -Stephen Spender

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Update News: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

In Wednesday’s News: Chinook salmon research may get permanent funding from state; Voting identification bill explained by Representative Bob Lynn; Shell’s Kulluk leaves Kodiak Island for Dutch Harbor; Alaska promoting natural gas to buyers in Japan and South Korea; Senators Begich and Murkowski split votes on Chuck Hagel’s confirmation as Defense Secretary.

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Wait, I’m a reporter in Subarctic Alaska?

As of February 27, I have been in Alaska for six months and ten days. I’m more than halfway through my first term of service so I thought it was a good time to write a reflective blog post, to consider my experience so far, how I have grown, how being a KNOM volunteer has…

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Sounding Board: Iditarod

The 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins this Saturday, March 2nd, with a ceremonial start in Anchorage at 10am. The Last Great Race has changed in many ways since its first run in 1973. This Thursday on Sounding Board (February 28, 2013 at 10am), let’s talk about the evolution of Iditarod! How has the…

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