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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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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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