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Truth

Our inspirational spot for the week: If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. – Mark Twain

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Breakup, mail delays, and Communicator Awards

All across Western Alaska, it’s the season known as “breakup”: the slow, on-again/off-again period of melting that signals the gradual approach of summer. Some days are bright and sunny, and others are cloudy and snowy. The sun melts ice on rooftops as the tundra gives up its blanket of white snow, little by little. Spring…

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May ’72: A film crew hits Nome

May 5, 1972: KNOM is helping a Walt Disney production unit this month with filming of the feature-length Tundra Summer, starring two Nome third grade children. The movie is released with the title Two Against the Arctic, featuring a trained polar bear from Seattle named Igloo.

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Transitions

Although our daylight hours are increasing, the final throes of winter are long in Western Alaska. With temperatures just below freezing, small pellets of ice and snow still fall from the sky. Cooler-than-normal temperatures are slowing the retreat of the ice and snow, the air is brisk, and you can hear the occasional crackling of sea…

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May 2003: Honoring nurses

May 2, 2003 During National Nurse Week, Norton Sound Health Corporation honors three nurses. They are: Terry Romenesko, RN; Annie Blandford, RN; and Linda Peters, RN, all of whom came to Nome as KNOM support nurses. Each has dedicated more than twenty years of care to patients at the Nome hospital.

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Time, multiplied

Our inspirational spot for the week: The smallest amount of time, when spent helping others, multiplies with time and love.

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April 1998: Fighting a spring blizzard

April 24, 1998 The last week of the month brings multiple days of a rip-roaring blizzard to Nome, and KNOMers run outside every hour to clear the station’s satellite dish of snow, which blocks signals. In the dead of winter, snow does not cause this problem, as it is too dry to stick to the antennas.

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