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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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Community Engagement, Part Two: The Community

This is second part of KNOM’s two-part series on the Community Engagement Initiative. The three-year Nome Public School project aims to increase student success by strengthening adult support of youth.  About twenty Nome residents gathered in Nome Elementary School Commons last Thursday, February 7, to learn about the Community Engagement Initiative. Parents, teachers and school…

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Community Engagement, Part One: The Initiative and the Issues

Nome Public Schools are aiming to increase student success by strengthening adult support for youth. Their Community Engagement Initiative, an ambitious three-year project coordinated by the Alaska Association of School Boards, is the focus of a special two-part series airing this week on KNOM. “Community Engagement, Part One: The Initiative and the Issues” airs Tuesday, February…

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By 2014, a Wellness and Sobering Center in Nome

To respond to the need for substance abuse treatment the Norton Sound, Norton Sound Health Corporation is planning on starting a substance abuse treatment center in Nome. The Wellness and Sobering Center will be based in the old hospital, and may open as early as fall 2014. NSHC is looking to village-based counselors, tribal healers,…

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Profiles: For Christmas, An African Priest in Nome

Nome’s Catholic Church has a visiting priest from Ghana. Father John Asanyire will deliver Christmas mass at St. Joseph’s so priest, Father Ross Tozzi, can lead mass at his other parish in Kotzebue. Father John Asanyire was ordained in Ghana in 1999. He entered the seminary missionary to be trained to be a Missionary of…

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Profiles: Nome-Grown Nurses

Nome’s new UAA nursing program requires late nights, exams, clinical practice, and weeks away from family to practice skills in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Three locals persevered through the demanding curriculum to earn the first nursing degrees ever earned in Nome. KNOM’s Eva DeLappe sat down with the graduates earlier this week. Sarah Weaver, Jessica Mute…

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Profile: Kaatiluta

This Saturday the Bering Straits Foundation, Sitnasuak Foundation and friends invite Nome residents to Kaatiluta. The event celebrates Alaska Native and Native American Heritage Month. BSF Executive Vice President and event organizer Moriah Sallaffie says Saturday will simply be a time of celebrating the diverse native cultures in Nome. The name means “all of us,…

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Profile: Artist-in-Residence at the Wales School

The Wales Kingikmiut School is bringing lines, colors, and paintbrushes to their 36 students this month thanks to the Artist in Schools program. The program, made possible by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Bering Straits School District, the Rasmusson Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, brings professional artists to schools across…

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