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The Nome Static, January 2014

Engineer’s Corner: “Living in a bottle”

Rolland Trowbridge with pile of batteries

In this edition of Engineer’s Corner, volunteer engineer Rolland Trowbridge focuses on our mission’s consumption of batteries – in particular, the very specialized batteries that keep our equipment working during Nome’s frequent power outages and brown-outs – and why our new studios will help us decrease our battery use. The photo above shows all of…

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To Shishmaref and Savoonga

56 year old Harlan Kingeekuk of Savoonga appeared to have died from hypothermia on his journey to a dig site. Photo Credit: KNOM (2014)

Thanks to a sponsorship with a regional airline, KNOM staff and volunteers benefit from free travel to many of the communities our mission serves. Lately, our volunteers have been taking full advantage of this opportunity by keeping tabs on nearby villages. Last autumn, volunteer Anna Rose MacArthur visited the communities of Shishmaref and Savoonga (suh-VOON-guh),…

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One more resolution

Tara Cicatello and Emily Bieniek

As you’re making New Year’s resolutions, might we humbly suggest one more? Check in with KNOM right here on knom.org or through social media (on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and LinkedIn). This website – including the stories of our volunteers, like Tara Cicatello and Emily Bieniek, pictured – looks great on mobile devices, too. This article is…

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In the wake of the storm

Storm relief for Kotlik in KNOM lobby

Last November, storms brought exceptional damage to some of the communities we serve. Two separate storm systems in the Bering Sea – severe, in large part, because of their strong winds, high seas, and potential for coastal flooding – ripped through our region in less than a week. While Nome saw some relatively moderate damage,…

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A talk show for the birds

Common murres

Last autumn, a high rate of strange deaths was observed with seabirds in Western Alaska (including common murres, pictured). Ultimately, as KNOM’s news department reported, the bird deaths were linked to a specific disease, avian cholera. Naturally, many of our listeners had concerns about this phenomenon – concerns that we did our best to address,…

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