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Listening to the Bering Sea

Bearded man stands in front of large map of Alaska

A new scientific study happening along Western Alaska’s coasts is all about listening — to the sounds of the sea, and to how those sounds are clues for long-term changes in the region. Your support brought to KNOM listeners the news of this fascinating undertaking.

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Snow, Snow, Snow!

Silver SUV automobile half covered in a snowbank along a snowy street in Nome.

In KNOM country, it’s been a year of heavy snowfall. A certain amount of snow is needed each winter for traditional sub-Arctic activities, whether subsistence hunting or village-to-village travel. But too much snow can cause problems.

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Norway’s Ulsom Wins Iditarod

At Iditarod finish line, musher interacts with race officials and smiles for press photos.

Last month marked another running of Alaska’s epic, 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. 2018 brought a fresh face to the roster of race champions — and saw KNOM volunteer alumni on the trail, both as reporters and even as a competitor.

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A Frantic Race on the Sea Ice

Racer on snowmachine (snowmobile), racing along the snow-covered, frozen Bering Sea near the shoreline of Nome.

It’s an intense race that changes minute-by-minute, and for three hours each March, listeners throughout Western Alaska hear all about it on KNOM, live, through your support. Learn about this year’s Nome-Golovin Snowmachine Race.

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From the GM’s Desk (April 2018)

In “early spring in Western Alaska,” Margaret DeMaioribus writes in the end-note to the April newsletter, “KNOM’s constant presence is foundational” — and you are a friend and companion to Western Alaska “in moments big and small.”

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Problems and Solutions in Unalakleet: Wind, Sun, Water

Man in heavy jacket stands in front of large array of wind turbines

Improving life in rural Alaska often involves many small solutions put together. Volunteer Gabe Colombo, just back from a reporting trip in Unalakleet, shares his story of how the remote community is using renewable energy — especially wind power and solar panels — to reduce their astronomical energy costs.

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Voices of Hope, Love, & Mercy

Priest stands inside church sanctuary

What a blessing! For the first time in the history of St. Joseph Catholic Church, two priests are present to minister to Nome and its many surrounding communities. You continue to make it possible for live, local voices to bring Catholic programming to Western Alaska.

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Race Season Returns

Mitch Seavey's team on the Bering Sea ice

In Alaska, the arrival of March means the epic Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is close to follow. It’s the capstone event of the four-months-long “race season” that captivates and fascinates listeners in Western Alaska. Through your support, KNOM brings details of these cherished races to listeners.

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A Letter from KNOM’s Board President

In February, our board of directors refined KNOM’s statement of mission: through compelling radio, KNOM Radio serves Western Alaska by encountering Christ, embracing culture, empowering growth and engaging the listener. KNOM Board President Dennis Bookey explains more in a special letter.

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