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Camaraderie and Culture

Side-by-side pictures of an NYO competitor preparing for, then executing, a one-foot high kick inside the St. Michael school gym.

If you ask a Western Alaska school-aged child to name their favorite sport, the most common response will likely be “Native Youth Olympics,” or NYO. The games aren’t just a way for students to compete and develop athletic skills; they’re also a means for youth to connect to subsistence culture and learn to support each other.

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Kids Care for Community

Woman, standing, addresses classroom of elementary school students, their teacher, and a park ranger, all seated.

“How do we take care of others?” asks the voice of a child in a radio spot airing this summer on KNOM. It’s part of a new series in which “radio rangers” explore how to be responsible members of one’s community.

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Kotlik Catalyst

Black and white photo of elderly woman inside her home.

Students in Kotlik, Alaska, have recently made a special connection with an elder in their village, building a relationship that may grow into a community-wide program of outreach and support. The spark was a friendly KNOM listener who told her life story on our airwaves.

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Farewell, Father Thomas

Father Thomas Sagili departed Nome at the end of April; he’s been reassigned to elsewhere in rural Alaska. Remaining at St. Joseph Church, however, is Fr. Kumar Pasala.

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Shrinking Sea Ice

An aerial view of near-shore ocean ice near the village of Shaktoolik, Alaska.

KNOM airs three daily reports of sea ice location in Western Alaska. This information has been especially important lately, as local sea ice cover has continued to decline, year over year, bringing severe impacts to our listeners.

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Anticipating a Future Arctic

People sit around a conference table, engaged in conversation.

There’s a tension long felt by many KNOM listeners: between cherished, traditional lifestyles and the economics of the modern era. “We are living two lives,” said one attendee of a recent Nome conference intended to envision the future of Western Alaska.

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