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Double the Blessings!

Two priests wearing headphones sit in front of a radio microphone.

One of the most significant developments in the Western Alaska faith community this year, so far, has been the arrival of two priests who will be ministering to seven parishes in the region. Meet Fr. Thomas Sagili and Fr. Kumar Pasala.

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Keeping the Peace

Man in tan security uniform sits at the kitchen table inside his home.

Most villages in Western Alaska are too small to support full-time police. Village Public Safety Officers, or VPSOs, are often the local first responders. Volunteer reporter Gabe Colombo is shining the spotlight on the unique state of rural Alaska law enforcement in an ongoing project for KNOM News.

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Winter Water Woes

A snowy landscape, distant snowy mountains, low-hanging fog, and a modern school complex in the middle-ground.

Recent months have brought a series of water infrastructure problems to rural Alaska villages, an example of the challenges frequently amplified by the isolation of KNOM country.

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Doesn’t Have to be Taxing

What are the implications and potential advantages of the recently-passed federal tax reforms for KNOM benefactors? A booklet explaining some of the changes, and how you can make the most of them, is available from the KNOM business office.

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Trust in God and Hope

Woman in white vest stands next to Alaska Native painting and shelves of vinyl records.

Vi Waghiyi has spent the last 15 years advocating for Alaska Native communities, expressing concerns about environmental pollution, especially in rural Alaska. Through your support, Vi’s fascinating story takes center stage in last month’s episode of KNOM’s “Story49.”

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Santa Comes to St. Michael

Santa and Mrs. Claus Arrive at St. Michael

As volunteer Zoe Grueskin reported for KNOM listeners last month, Santa Claus traveled to the village of St. Michael this past Christmas with some special help. Reindeer are plentiful in the sub-Arctic, but in 2017, Santa made his deliveries on an Alaska National Guard cargo plane.

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Good Conduct(ing)

Gabe leads the Nome Community Chorus in rehearsal

First-year volunteer Gabe Colombo took the lead organizing, rehearsing, and conducting the Nome Community Chorus in its annual Christmas concert last month. It’s the latest example of KNOM volunteers getting involved and giving back to their community.

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