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Story49: The Road Ahead

Aucha and Arthur outside Unalakleet

In 2010, Aucha Kameroff and her brother rode snowmachines from Kotzebue to Stebbins. Aucha had never been on a long-distance snowmachine trip before. It was an adventure – something new and fun for a brave set of siblings to do.

Then, in 2011, Aucha’s son died by suicide. It hurt her in unimaginable ways. As she began the journey to recovery, she realized that the best way to heal was to spend time connecting to nature and to her culture.

So this year, Aucha returned to the trail, accompanied by her son’s best friend. They rode all the way to her son’s grave in Emmonak. This time, the snowmachine trip brought Aucha not just adventure, but peace. This is a story of pain and loss, but also of looking forward.

To hear more about Aucha’s journey, tune in to Story49 on KNOM (780 AM, 96.1 FM) on Sunday, April 16th, at 6:00pm, and then again on Thursday, April 20th, at 3:00pm. You can also listen online using the audio player above.

If you or someone you know has a story to share, contact KNOM at 443-5221 or by email at story49@knom.org.

Story49: Sharing your story, your voice, your Alaska.

(If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, get the support and help you need. Call the Anchorage NorthStar Crisis Line, 1-800-478-7575, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255.)


  1. lily on April 16, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    So proud of you my sister. Share, share, and share

  2. Darliss on April 17, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story my friend. I love you.

  3. Herman Walker, Jr on April 17, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Aucha I look forward to your story.

    • Aucha Kameroff on April 18, 2017 at 7:18 am

      The story is on line now.

  4. Rosemary L. Otton on April 17, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Aucha, my friend. Glad you recovered. It is not an easy road. I have had to endure that, too. Only God has helped me along the way. God bless you for telling your story.

    • Aucha Kameroff on April 18, 2017 at 7:44 am

      yes…thank you.

  5. Ruth Ann Zent on April 18, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Awesome! Aucha, you are an amazing person!

  6. Darlene Stemp on April 20, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Love ❤️ you Aucha. The loss of a child is so difficult. Thanks for your inspiring story.

  7. stephanie masters johnson on April 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    You are such an inspiration to all who have the pleasure of knowing you! Thank you for sharing your story.

  8. Tony Newman on July 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you, Aucha. It was good to hear your voice.

  9. joan amato on September 8, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Just finished listening to my new FB friend’s loving life story. I and many others, benefit from this. Thank you so much~

  10. Geraldine Kelly on September 9, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Proud of you

  11. Susan McDonough on September 9, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you, Aucha, for sharing your journey of subsistence, survival and healing. This was simply beautiful.