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Mission Photos

Young broadcasters

Kelly with Anvil City Science Academy students

In early February, KNOM was proud to be host to local students for a day of educational projects, introducing the children to broadcasting and interviewing skills as part of an artist-in-residency program. The 5th- and 6th-grade students visited our studios from Nome’s Anvil City Science Academy, a local charter school. In small groups, the students…

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A very strange winter thaw

January thaw in Nome

The streets looked like springtime, and the air was so warm – by Alaskan standards, at least – it might have been mistaken for summer. But the date wasn’t in May or June; it was late January. On January 27th, Nome broke a high temperature record not just for the day, but for the winter…

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Volunteer travel

Anna Rose and Emily at a career fair

Our volunteers have been keeping busy this winter. It’s par for the course for our volunteer program, but our 2013-2014 volunteers – Dayneé, Anna Rose, Tara, Zach, and Emily – have all been putting in extra effort to reach out to the communities we serve. In January, all five volunteers were scheduled to take outreach…

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Three years ago, ten years ago

Ric shoveling

While Nome has experienced a relatively warm winter this year – with widespread melting and relatively little snow to speak of – winter in our region is, as you might expect, often the opposite. Here are two examples. In 2011, only three years ago, our snow cover – and our exposure to heavy winter storms…

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The Iron Dogs

Iron Dog racers coming into Nome during the race in 2014. Photo: KNOM file.

It’s the world’s longest race of snowmachines – Alaskan parlance for snowmobiles – and last month, it passed through our region. The Iron Dog Snowmachine Race is an annual focal point for our listeners. The 1,000-mile-plus competition traverses some of Alaska’s most isolated terrain, with a course stretching from Anchorage to Nome to Fairbanks. Racers…

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Gone country

Tara hosts AK Country

With each new class of KNOM volunteers comes a new wave of energy and fresh ideas for how to make our mission even better. This year’s class of KNOM volunteers (2013-2014) is no different. In early January, first-year volunteer producer Tara Cicatello (pictured) debuted a new country show on our airwaves, AK Country. The program…

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Here comes race season

Sled dog teams

The later winter months in Western Alaska are made busy, each year, through the sled dog and snowmachine (or snowmobile) competitions that our listeners and community members follow so intently. We’re in the thick of race season, which means our entire mission is keeping extra busy. Last month, news director Laureli Kinneen had the opportunity…

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A candidate’s visit

Byron Mallott with Laureli and Ric

Pictured above is Alaska gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott alongside KNOM’s news director Laureli Kinneen and general manager Ric Schmidt. Mallott has made history in recent months by becoming the first Alaska Native to declare a candidacy for governor and by receiving the official endorsement of a major political party (Mallott is running as a Democrat).…

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Called by name

Father Ross with fellow JVC volunteers

This month (in our February newsletter), we share reflections from Father Ross Tozzi: the parish priest of Nome’s St. Joseph Catholic Church, the president of KNOM’s board of directors, and a former KNOM volunteer. Fr. Ross shares what’s kept him coming back to Nome through the decades: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;…

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