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Our Mission

Through Rural Radio, a “Scrapbook” of Western Alaska

Teenage athletes inside a small airplane

Western Alaska communities rally around their youth and find blessings and inspiration from youth accomplishments, such as regional athletics, music, or traditional dance. Through your support, KNOM often serves as an “audio scrapbook” of the region, with news stories and features that echo the daily joys of listeners’ lives.

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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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Wales’ Song and Dance

Alaska Native dancing inside the Wales gymnasium

Alaska Native music and dance festivals are powerfully moving events, KNOM volunteer reporter Gabe Colombo discovered in the community of Wales this year. “It was amazing to see,” he says.

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Berry Science

Young students and their chaperones gathered around an elementary school table

Tundra berries are more than a meal; in Western Alaska, they can be a way for scientists and students to monitor change. Volunteer reporter Zoe Grueskin brought this special story back from the community of Shishmaref for KNOM listeners last month.

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Stopping Suicide

Jacob Brouillette stands in front of an “Eagles” sports banner inside his school

“Go and do something worth talking about,” says a young man working with his peers to stem the high rates of suicide in Western Alaska. His story is featured in a recent episode of the KNOM series “Caught Doing Something Good.”

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