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The Nome Static, Christmas 2017

Now in the Forecast: Sea Ice

Two people, wearing heavy parkas, hold long poles with iron hooks at the end, standing on sea ice, with a large vessel in the background.

Information on the extent of ocean ice, especially close to shore, is essential for Western Alaska residents during the cold months. Thanks to you, listeners now hear this information as part of KNOM’s weather forecasts.

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Pilgrim Update: Harvest Time

Farm manager smiles at an earthworm in her hand.

65 miles north of Nome, an improbable farming effort has borne its first fruits (and vegetables). The sub-Arctic harvest at Pilgrim Hot Springs — and the joy locally-grown vegetables have brought to Western Alaskans — was the focus of a recent episode of KNOM’s “Dearest Alaska.”

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Perspectives on “Alaxsxa”

Man gives a dance performance inside a Nome Elementary School classroom.

A multi-media theatrical production that recently toured Alaska and off-Broadway in New York City brought Alaska Native culture, and cross-cultural encounters in the state from a variety of perspectives, to a broader audience. This collaborative, story-rich, conversation-sparking production was the focus of a recent episode of KNOM’s “Story49.”

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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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