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Miner PROFILE: Maria Taurus

The State Department of Natural Resources issued 205 permits for offshore mining operations in Nome this year. In the midst of Nome’s second gold rush, the town quite often referred to as the Gold Rush City has seen an influx of people in the summer the past few years. At KNOM we’re taking time this…

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PROFILE: Nome Judge Tim Dooley

If you live in Nome, you may have already met him. His name is Tim Dooley, and he is the new Nome Superior Court Judge. Dooley was appointed by Governor Sean Parnell in March and was officially installed in Nome on May 31st. He has twenty-two years of law experience and says he has wanted…

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PROFILE – Saved by Radio

On May 15, 2011, on a hunting trip about 50 miles outside of Nome, Wesley Perkins was attacked by a grizzly bear. Two years and 26 reconstructive surgeries later, Perkins has regained his voice. He’s using it in part to advocate for the amateur radio culture that helped save his life. Listen here:

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Profile: Military Toxins

Alaska Community Action on Toxics was in Nome on Monday with retired Marine Corps Master Sergeant, Jerry Ensminger, to talk about how military toxins are affecting local communities. Ensminger has been working for sixteen years to hold the military accountable for polluting the environment. These military toxins are linked with cancer and other illnesses around…

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Childbirth Education

There’s a new resource in town for expecting mothers. The Pre-Maternal Home and Healthy Start are offering Childbirth Education Sessions, Thursdays from 12 to 1 at the patient’s hostel in Nome. The free sessions are a welcoming, supportive space for pregnant women. Labor and delivery nurses and childbirth educators talk about whatever the women want…

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Kawerak Mapping Hunters and Elders’ Knowledge

With sea ice receding and shipping traffic on the rise, maritime organizations have begun developing policies to regulate shipping and development in the Bering Straits. Many in the region are concerned. They fear those policies will ignore subsistence hunters’ needs. Kawerak is doing something about it. Kawerak is compiling traditional knowledge of walrus and seal habitats.…

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Native Youth Olympics

The Seal Hop. The Indian Stick Pull. The One-Foot High Kick. Last weekend, Unalakleet hosted the 28th Annual Native Youth Olympics. Over one hundred students from throughout the Bering Straits competed in the district meet, which celebrates indigenous culture and tests athlete’s power, flexibility and determination. Twelve athletes qualified for the State NYO Tournament, led by…

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Profile: Inaugural Equinox Sled Dog Race

Six mushers will compete in the first ever Equinox Sled Dog Race, hosted by the Nome Kennel Club. The teams will be traveling a total of 73 miles over the 3-day race, an event that is modeled after the La Pas World Championships in Manitoba. The race purse is guaranteed at $4500, and prizes will…

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Profile: NSHC “Patient Move Day”

The Norton Sound Health Corporation’s Regional Hospital and Quyanna Care Center has officially completed the move to its new building in Nome. Just last week, on March 5th, “Patient Move Day” marked the final day of transition. The new Norton Sound hospital was originally set to open in December 2012 and then at the end of…

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Profile: Nome’s Judge Ben Esch Retires

Superior Court Judge, Ben Esch, has retired after 17 years of service in Nome. Esch was appointed in 1996 by then Governor Tony Knowles. Esch grew up in the Midwest in Illinois – in a town he says is about the same size as Nome. He graduated college with an undergraduate degree in chemistry and…

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