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From Nome to Rome

Lisa Lynch, wearing a deep red parka and other regalia, stands on a busy Front Street in Nome.

A determination to become an Egyptologist has taken one exceptional Nome college student halfway around the world. Her struggles and successes were featured in a recent episode of “Story49.”

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Thespian, Musician, Freshman

Nome youth Andrew Hafner during a local production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”

Nome resident Andrew Hafner is the latest Western Alaska youth to be “caught” in the KNOM series “Caught Doing Something Good.” Andrew’s contribution to his community is through the arts. He’s an accomplished actor and musician, and he’s only just entering high school.

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The New Class

Two women, wearing autumnal jackets, stand next to a cabin situated among high grass along a rural Alaska coastline.

Current volunteer fellows Katie Kazmierski and Emily Hofstaedter are just back from a start-of-year retreat with KNOM staffers and board member Father Ross Tozzi. This time of reflection is a precursor for their year of service.

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10 Years Ago

Dozens of people on a beach help pull a boat onto shore.

Relive a dramatic snapshot of Western Alaska life from just before the 2008 Kingikmiut Dance Festival in the village of Wales.

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A New Hope: Reindeer

Man stands at the doorway to a mobile reindeer processing plant.

In the near future, reindeer may play an increasingly important role as both a subsistence and commercial food source in Western Alaska. The region “could become Alaska’s reindeer capital,” one local leader told KNOM listeners this summer.

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Attitude of Gratitude

Girl is in position on gymnasium floor similar to a push-up — body almost parallel to the floor, legs behind her, arms extended — while competing in the Native Youth Olympics “seal hop” event.

“Don’t just give up. You got to keep trying harder and harder so you can achieve what you want to be — your goal in life.” A recent episode of KNOM’s “Caught Doing Something Good” profiled the positive outlook of rural Alaska student Demi Levi, whose determination has led her to success in the Native Youth Olympics.

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