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Our Mission

Foresting a Treeless Town

"Nome National Forest" sign stands on sea ice with scattered trees and painted decorations behind.

What’s that on the sea ice off Nome’s coast? Shortly after Christmas, each year, the town creates its own “forest” made up of used Christmas trees. It’s a seasonal example of Western Alaska cheerfully making due and making the most of available resources.

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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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