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Archive for June 2013

Music Special: David Wax Museum (LIVE recording)

The featured band for the 2013 Nome Midnight Sun Folk Festival is Boston-born David Wax Museum. Playing traditional Mexican instruments like the jarana and the quijada (donkey jaw bone) and throwing in an occasional guitar, accordian and a cajon box drum, the group has a sound all its own. So unique, they’ve created their own music…

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PROFILE – Saved by Radio

On May 15, 2011, on a hunting trip about 50 miles outside of Nome, Wesley Perkins was attacked by a grizzly bear. Two years and 26 reconstructive surgeries later, Perkins has regained his voice. He’s using it in part to advocate for the amateur radio culture that helped save his life. Listen here:

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Update News: Friday, June 21, 2013

In Friday’s news: Crowds packed in yesterday at the National Guard hangar in Nome to celebrate a hundred years of flight; Without making a phone call, Nome residents can now find out about ships docking at the Nome port; Nome’s Wes Perkins says ham radio saved his life; Today is summer solstice.

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100 Years of Flight!

I love aviation. I’m the kind of wonk who will go to aviation museums – when I lived in Maryland, I loved when we’d be able to head over to the Smithsonian, and I’d spend all day in the Air and Space museum if my parents would let me. If you’ve followed this blog, you…

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Update News: Thursday, June 20, 2013

In Thursday’s news: Fires burning south of McGrath yesterday; Man killed and woman seriously injured after hitting a moose on Glenn Highway; State opening disaster assistance center in Galena; Senator Lisa Murkowski has written President Obama for federal aid for Galena and other flooded communities; Record temperatures were set again in Nome yesterday; Governor Sean…

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Update News: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

In Wednesday’s news: Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski now supports gay marriage; Police in Bethel say man drowned while trying to swim across a lake; 2013 Norton Sound Commercial Herring Fishery is wrapping up this week; U.S. Senate committee advances bill providing $50 million to clean up abandoned oil wells in NPR-A; Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell…

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Ice, Ice Baby

That’s right. Ice. And lots of it. One thing that’s unique to Western Alaska – it gets so cold that the sea freezes. Now that the summer temperatures are here, and the ocean is pretty much back to what I saw when I first arrived to Nome, I can’t help but think that there is…

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Update News: Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In Tuesday’s news: Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell announces he’s running for U.S. Senate in 2014; Record high temperatures were broken throughout the state yesterday; Alaska’s heat wave has wildfire officials on alert; ExxonMobil is investing in the Arctic; Investigation continues into burglary last week in Marshall; Alaska State Troopers investigating four-wheeler collision in Upper…

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A thimbleful

Our inspirational spot for the week: If you go to God with a thimble, you can only bring back a thimbleful.

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