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The Nome Static

Farewell, Father Thomas

Father Thomas Sagili departed Nome at the end of April; he’s been reassigned to elsewhere in rural Alaska. Remaining at St. Joseph Church, however, is Fr. Kumar Pasala.

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Shrinking Sea Ice

An aerial view of near-shore ocean ice near the village of Shaktoolik, Alaska.

KNOM airs three daily reports of sea ice location in Western Alaska. This information has been especially important lately, as local sea ice cover has continued to decline, year over year, bringing severe impacts to our listeners.

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Anticipating a Future Arctic

People sit around a conference table, engaged in conversation.

There’s a tension long felt by many KNOM listeners: between cherished, traditional lifestyles and the economics of the modern era. “We are living two lives,” said one attendee of a recent Nome conference intended to envision the future of Western Alaska.

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Listening to the Bering Sea

Bearded man stands in front of large map of Alaska

A new scientific study happening along Western Alaska’s coasts is all about listening — to the sounds of the sea, and to how those sounds are clues for long-term changes in the region. Your support brought to KNOM listeners the news of this fascinating undertaking.

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Snow, Snow, Snow!

Silver SUV automobile half covered in a snowbank along a snowy street in Nome.

In KNOM country, it’s been a year of heavy snowfall. A certain amount of snow is needed each winter for traditional sub-Arctic activities, whether subsistence hunting or village-to-village travel. But too much snow can cause problems.

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Norway’s Ulsom Wins Iditarod

At Iditarod finish line, musher interacts with race officials and smiles for press photos.

Last month marked another running of Alaska’s epic, 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. 2018 brought a fresh face to the roster of race champions — and saw KNOM volunteer alumni on the trail, both as reporters and even as a competitor.

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