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From Nome to Rome

Lisa Lynch, wearing a deep red parka and other regalia, stands on a busy Front Street in Nome.

A determination to become an Egyptologist has taken one exceptional Nome college student halfway around the world. Her struggles and successes were featured in a recent episode of “Story49.”

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Thespian, Musician, Freshman

Nome youth Andrew Hafner during a local production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”

Nome resident Andrew Hafner is the latest Western Alaska youth to be “caught” in the KNOM series “Caught Doing Something Good.” Andrew’s contribution to his community is through the arts. He’s an accomplished actor and musician, and he’s only just entering high school.

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The New Class

Two women, wearing autumnal jackets, stand next to a cabin situated among high grass along a rural Alaska coastline.

Current volunteer fellows Katie Kazmierski and Emily Hofstaedter are just back from a start-of-year retreat with KNOM staffers and board member Father Ross Tozzi. This time of reflection is a precursor for their year of service.

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10 Years Ago

Dozens of people on a beach help pull a boat onto shore.

Relive a dramatic snapshot of Western Alaska life from just before the 2008 Kingikmiut Dance Festival in the village of Wales.

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‘You Are Not Done Yet’

Man sits at table inside village office in Savoonga, Alaska, holding a coffee cup.

In the St. Lawrence Island community of Savoonga, winter isn’t just when it gets colder and snowy: it’s also “when the Bering Sea locks up.” But in 2018, the solid sea ice upon which untold generations have depended never came. It’s a threat to food security and the subsistence way of life, says local tribal chief Delbert Pungowiyi. Into his later years, the threat of environmental “disasters” has filled Delbert with a new sense of purpose.

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Internet, By Helicopter

Silhouette of internet tower in Noorvik, Alaska, at sunset.

Just how remote is Western Alaska? As KNOM News recently reported, one local telecom provides internet to the region by using repeaters in the wilderness, powered by diesel generators that can only be refueled by helicopter.

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“Happy Sweet Birthday”

Black-and-white, vintage photo of woman with long hair, smiling at camera.

To mark the 47th anniversary of KNOM’s very first day on the air — July 14, 1971 — the mission’s website now offers recordings of “Happy Birthday” written and/or recorded especially for KNOM’s daily broadcasts.

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