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The Nome Static, June 2018

Camaraderie and Culture

Side-by-side pictures of an NYO competitor preparing for, then executing, a one-foot high kick inside the St. Michael school gym.

If you ask a Western Alaska school-aged child to name their favorite sport, the most common response will likely be “Native Youth Olympics,” or NYO. The games aren’t just a way for students to compete and develop athletic skills; they’re also a means for youth to connect to subsistence culture and learn to support each other.

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Kids Care for Community

Woman, standing, addresses classroom of elementary school students, their teacher, and a park ranger, all seated.

“How do we take care of others?” asks the voice of a child in a radio spot airing this summer on KNOM. It’s part of a new series in which “radio rangers” explore how to be responsible members of one’s community.

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Kotlik Catalyst

Black and white photo of elderly woman inside her home.

Students in Kotlik, Alaska, have recently made a special connection with an elder in their village, building a relationship that may grow into a community-wide program of outreach and support. The spark was a friendly KNOM listener who told her life story on our airwaves.

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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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