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Our Mission

Melting the “Ice Curtain”

Three smiling women stand together in KNOM’s lobby

During the Cold War, the “Ice Curtain” divided the people of the Bering Strait. But in the past 30 years, amazing things have been happening on both sides of the Alaska–Russia border.

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After Vandalism, Blessings

Two men with shovels stand aside a mound of dirt behind KNOM's garage

Even amid the challenges of operating a radio station in bush Alaska, such as an instance of vandalism at KNOM Studios earlier this year, our mission remains continually blessed — and continues, thanks to you.

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Teaching Service

Nome youth Jonathan Outwater sits behind a radio microphone in the studio with KNOM volunteer Karen Trop.

Part of KNOM’s mission is to bring inspiration and education to Western Alaska. Sometimes, the station’s volunteers get to do so in person. Second-year volunteer Karen Trop has felt “blessed,” she says, to be able to work with youth through her service at KNOM.

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Preparing for the Harvest

Woman holding a freshly-caught salmon outside on a sunny evening

In Western Alaska, preparations for winter begin in summer, with all the different forms of local subsistence hunting, fishing, and food gathering. At fish camps and remote communities, KNOM plays a special role in this sub-Arctic harvest — through your support.

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KNOM News: Delving Deeper

Children hold a large cloth near a reindeer herd on a sunny day on the tundra.

The challenges of continuing Alaska Native subsistence traditions in the modern era have been highlighted in recent KNOM News stories — such as reports on ivory artworks and reindeer herding.

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Pilgrim’s (Produce) Progress

Landscape of grasses, trees, and a pond at Pilgrim Hot Springs

The harsh climate and permafrost of the sub-Arctic make local agriculture extremely difficult. But 65 miles north of Nome, farming is taking place at Pilgrim Hot Springs, one of Alaska’s most remarkable places.

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