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Berry Science

Young students and their chaperones gathered around an elementary school table

Tundra berries are more than a meal; in Western Alaska, they can be a way for scientists and students to monitor change. Volunteer reporter Zoe Grueskin brought this special story back from the community of Shishmaref for KNOM listeners last month.

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Stopping Suicide

Jacob Brouillette stands in front of an “Eagles” sports banner inside his school

“Go and do something worth talking about,” says a young man working with his peers to stem the high rates of suicide in Western Alaska. His story is featured in a recent episode of the KNOM series “Caught Doing Something Good.”

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Positively Providing

A young man sits at his desk in a wood-paneled office with maps and photographs on the walls.

Corey Ningeulook, a youth leader in Shishmaref, Alaska, says that hunting is both a personal passion and a necessary part of life in his community. The story of his contributions to his village is part of a new episode of “Story49” — and it made it to the airwaves thanks to your support.

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Farewell, Father Tom

Margaret and Father Tom chat in KNOM’s Studio A

It’s a bittersweet farewell as we say goodbye to friend and Nome parish priest Father Tom Kuffel, who becomes pastor this month at the Immaculate Conception Church in Fairbanks. Read Fr. Tom’s parting words for Western Alaska: a place, he says, with “a depth of beauty.”

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Melting the “Ice Curtain”

Three smiling women stand together in KNOM’s lobby

During the Cold War, the “Ice Curtain” divided the people of the Bering Strait. But in the past 30 years, amazing things have been happening on both sides of the Alaska–Russia border.

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Teaching Service

Nome youth Jonathan Outwater sits behind a radio microphone in the studio with KNOM volunteer Karen Trop.

Part of KNOM’s mission is to bring inspiration and education to Western Alaska. Sometimes, the station’s volunteers get to do so in person. Second-year volunteer Karen Trop has felt “blessed,” she says, to be able to work with youth through her service at KNOM.

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Pilgrim’s (Produce) Progress

Landscape of grasses, trees, and a pond at Pilgrim Hot Springs

The harsh climate and permafrost of the sub-Arctic make local agriculture extremely difficult. But 65 miles north of Nome, farming is taking place at Pilgrim Hot Springs, one of Alaska’s most remarkable places.

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