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Posts by David Dodman

Listening to the Bering Sea

Bearded man stands in front of large map of Alaska

A new scientific study happening along Western Alaska’s coasts is all about listening — to the sounds of the sea, and to how those sounds are clues for long-term changes in the region. Your support brought to KNOM listeners the news of this fascinating undertaking.

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Snow, Snow, Snow!

Silver SUV automobile half covered in a snowbank along a snowy street in Nome.

In KNOM country, it’s been a year of heavy snowfall. A certain amount of snow is needed each winter for traditional sub-Arctic activities, whether subsistence hunting or village-to-village travel. But too much snow can cause problems.

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Norway’s Ulsom Wins Iditarod

At Iditarod finish line, musher interacts with race officials and smiles for press photos.

Last month marked another running of Alaska’s epic, 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. 2018 brought a fresh face to the roster of race champions — and saw KNOM volunteer alumni on the trail, both as reporters and even as a competitor.

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A Frantic Race on the Sea Ice

Racer on snowmachine (snowmobile), racing along the snow-covered, frozen Bering Sea near the shoreline of Nome.

It’s an intense race that changes minute-by-minute, and for three hours each March, listeners throughout Western Alaska hear all about it on KNOM, live, through your support. Learn about this year’s Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race.

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Ulsom Wins Iditarod 2018

Close-up of musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom, wearing blue hat, sunglasses, black parka

Joar Leifseth Ulsom is the champion of Iditarod 2018. The Norwegian musher claimed his first Iditarod win at 3:01am Wednesday, arriving under the Burled Arch with 8 dogs.

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Problems and Solutions in Unalakleet: Wind, Sun, Water

Man in heavy jacket stands in front of large array of wind turbines

Improving life in rural Alaska often involves many small solutions put together. Volunteer Gabe Colombo, just back from a reporting trip in Unalakleet, shares his story of how the remote community is using renewable energy — especially wind power and solar panels — to reduce their astronomical energy costs.

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Race Season Returns

Mitch Seavey's team on the Bering Sea ice

In Alaska, the arrival of March means the epic Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is close to follow. It’s the capstone event of the four-months-long “race season” that captivates and fascinates listeners in Western Alaska. Through your support, KNOM brings details of these cherished races to listeners.

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