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Culture While Incarcerated

Anvil Mountain Correctional Center. Photo: Margaret DeMaioribus; KNOM.

About two-thirds of those incarcerated in Alaska and then released from prison return. In recent months, however, Nome’s Anvil Mountain Correctional Center has taken a fresh approach to lower recidivism rates and to improve rehabilitation for inmates: a new embrace of traditional Alaska Native culture.

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Shelter From the Cold

Exterior of off-white building in Nome at dawn.

Western Alaska’s harsh winter weather is a challenge for every resident who calls this region home. For those who have no home, it’s life-threatening. In Nome, there’s a new shelter that offers daytime services for those who have nowhere else to go.

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In the Hall of Fame!

Smiling group of family and friends surrounds KNOM general manager emeritus Ric Schmidt, holding an award.

Longtime KNOM general manager Ric Schmidt was inducted on November 9 into the Alaska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. He’s the 64th inductee into the ABA’s storied roster of broadcasting leaders.

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In Noorvik, a Governor’s Gala

Governor Dunleavy greets residents inside the Noorvik gymnasium.

It was a special honor for the rural community of Noorvik to be selected as the site for the inauguration of Governor Mike Dunleavy. When the day came and poor weather forced the swearing-in ceremony to happen elsewhere, Noorvik residents watched the event live-streamed from Kotzebue, then held their gala celebration once the weather cleared and the First Family finally landed. Were locals fazed by the delay? Not at all, reported volunteer fellow Katie Kazmierski, on location in Noorvik.

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Birthday Gifts

Middle-aged man stands holding KNOM t-shirt and coffee mug, flanked on either side by women wearing sweaters. All are smiling.

Nome resident and KNOM listener Daniel Komok often stops by the station to socialize with staff and enjoy a cup of coffee. When his 60th birthday arrived, a few special gifts were waiting for him at the studio.

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