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Posts by David Dodman

Now in the Forecast: Sea Ice

Two people, wearing heavy parkas, hold long poles with iron hooks at the end, standing on sea ice, with a large vessel in the background.

Information on the extent of ocean ice, especially close to shore, is essential for Western Alaska residents during the cold months. Thanks to you, listeners now hear this information as part of KNOM’s weather forecasts.

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Pilgrim Update: Harvest Time

Farm manager smiles at an earthworm in her hand.

65 miles north of Nome, an improbable farming effort has borne its first fruits (and vegetables). The sub-Arctic harvest at Pilgrim Hot Springs — and the joy locally-grown vegetables have brought to Western Alaskans — was the focus of a recent episode of KNOM’s “Dearest Alaska.”

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Foresting a Treeless Town

"Nome National Forest" sign stands on sea ice with scattered trees and painted decorations behind.

What’s that on the sea ice off Nome’s coast? Shortly after Christmas, each year, the town creates its own “forest” made up of used Christmas trees. It’s a seasonal example of Western Alaska cheerfully making due and making the most of available resources.

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Inspiring the Next Generation

Teenagers sit in a large circle on the floor of a school gymnasium to listen to a presenter.

In rural Unalakleet, Alaska, a youth “summit” encouraging leadership and suicide prevention helped to encourage and guide Western Alaska youth earlier this year. With your generosity, KNOM brought the story — and its inspiring message — to thousands of listeners.

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Not a Drop to Drink

Landscape of rural Alaska town on a sunny summer day

Your support enables KNOM to provide crucially-needed information to rural Alaska: such as when, earlier this year, two listening communities were placed on “boil water” notices because of concerns of tap water contamination.

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Father Ross Returns to Nome

KNOM was blessed with a visit last month from longtime friend Father Ross Tozzi, a KNOM board member and former parish priest in Nome. Read about how Father Ross’ visit helped bolster the KNOM mission and the Nome faith community.

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