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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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Double the Blessings!

Two priests wearing headphones sit in front of a radio microphone.

One of the most significant developments in the Western Alaska faith community this year, so far, has been the arrival of two priests who will be ministering to seven parishes in the region. Meet Fr. Thomas Sagili and Fr. Kumar Pasala.

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Keeping the Peace

Man in tan security uniform sits at the kitchen table inside his home.

Most villages in Western Alaska are too small to support full-time police. Village Public Safety Officers, or VPSOs, are often the local first responders. Volunteer reporter Gabe Colombo is shining the spotlight on the unique state of rural Alaska law enforcement in an ongoing project for KNOM News.

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Winter Water Woes

A snowy landscape, distant snowy mountains, low-hanging fog, and a modern school complex in the middle-ground.

Recent months have brought a series of water infrastructure problems to rural Alaska villages, an example of the challenges frequently amplified by the isolation of KNOM country.

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