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MINER Profile – David Olson

This summer for KNOM Profiles we’re talking to a miner every week. With 205 off-shore mining permits issued by the Department of Natural Resources this summer, Nome is in the midst of the second gold rush. This week, we spoke with the man who was the very first to put a suction dredge in the…

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A Winning Solution to Youth Suicide

How can rural Alaskan schools prevent youth suicide? For the Northwest Arctic Borough School District, the solution was innovative– train trusted, peer-selected students to become school elders, counselors responsible for the happiness and well-being of their community–and the results have been extraordinary. Hear more:    

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Profile: Brent Tuttle

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 these past few years. At KNOM this summer, we’re taking…

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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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