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Posts by Ric Schmidt

The first hints of winter

The snow is starting to accumulate on the mountains, hills, and the tundra. At night, if the sky is clear, you can sometimes see wispy, colorful auroras dancing in the expansive darkness. During the day, the weather ranges from snowy to mostly sunny and cold. As the seasons change and the thermometer heads towards zero,…

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October ’71: The loss of Br. Huck

October 8, 1971 Traveling by small boat from the village of Pilot Station to St. Mary’s, 33-year-old Br. John Huck, SJ, and three others drown when their boat capsizes near the confluence of the Yukon and Andreafsky Rivers. Huck, who directed construction on the studio building, had become a great friend to the KNOM crew,…

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A missing child and a meandering bear

With the support of caring families throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and overseas, KNOM contributes to the health and safety of thousands of families spread out over 100,000 square miles of Western Alaska. The power of radio saves and enhances the lives of people throughout the region. To all members of our KNOM Radio…

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October ’92: A superlative fall storm

October 5, 1992 The worst storm in eighteen years strikes Nome as a low-pressure center swells up a storm surge eight feet above normal with ten-foot waves above that. Covered with flotsam and jetsam, Front Street – Nome’s main thoroughfare – is underwater, and where it runs along the beach, half of it is gone.…

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Hunting, fishing, bears, and weather

The change of the seasons is upon us, and the tundra is changing color. The last of the berry picking and seasonal canning is taking place. Hunting and fishing activities are winding down, and freezers are filling with cuts of fish and meat. Last week, at least one bear was spotted in and around homes in a…

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September ’70: Preparing the transmitter tower site

September 24, 1970 Volunteers John Pfeifer and Tom Busch continue to pound sizzling chisels into the permafrost for explosives expert Sam Tucker to pack with dynamite. They shovel and bucket out debris 11 to 12 hours a day, taking only 10 minutes for lunch and dinner; the meals are delivered to them seven days a…

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