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Profile: Rural Recycling

With the addition of a new recycling facility out at the landfill, Nome and the Bering Straits region continue developing a waste management strategy unique to rural conditions. The approach is split between an urban recycling model that removes potentially hazardous waste from communities, and the indigenous practice of salvaging as much as possible for…

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Profile: She went to Antarctica; meet Sarah Aarons

Sarah Aarons will be analyzing ice cores this year. She’s a PHD candidate at the University of Michigan and the ice cores she drilled herself in Antarctica in November and December of last year. She’s looking at the ice to study paleoclimatology – the history of the climate at the Taylor Glacier. What she will…

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Update News: January 8th, 2014

In Wednesday’s News: Rep. Neil Foster briefed constituents in Nome on upcoming legislative session, addressing budget cuts, deep-draft port, HB-77, and redistricting; U.S. District Court sentences former president of Native Village of Tatitlek on misapplication charges; Bernice Joseph, renown Native leader and educator, passed away Tuesday morning; Climate scientist Dr. Jennifer Francis explains how alterations…

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Profile: Historic Cultural Trauma

November is Alaska Native and Native American Heritage month. The second week of this month, the community of Nome engaged in dialogue on the historic cultural trauma experienced by Alaska Natives. The Nome Social Justice Task Force commissioned Jim LaBelle, an Alaska Native Studies professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, to lead the discussion.…

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Profile: Pilgrim Hot Springs Geothermal Project

Since late August, researchers and drillers have been living on site at Pilgrim Hot Springs, working around the clock to answer Nome’s energy question: Can Pilgrim fuel a geothermal power plant? Engineers say yes. And a crew has been collecting data all summer to confirm that answer. Listen below to hear an in depth review…

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Profile: Government Shutdown

On Tuesday the federal government shutdown, sending an estimated 13,000 Alaska federal employees on furloughs and closing down or restricting many federal services. So what does this mean for Alaska— the state with the third highest number of federal employees, the state with one-third of its jobs receiving federal funding, and the state with the…

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Profile: Gold Miner Igor Sudarkin

During this summer, KNOM has been featuring stories of our Nome neighbors involved in gold mining. As the summer comes to a close, KNOM is featuring our final story in the Gold Miner Profile series. Meet Igor Sudarkin – dredge co-owner, commercial diver and engineer in hyperbaric diving. This is his third year gold mining…

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