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The Nome Static

Former Point Hope mayor Steve Oomittuk, wearing a traditional mask of Tulaqniqraq, the Raven Man, carved by his brother. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KNOM.

A Story 50 Years in the Making

In the 1960s, the US government almost detonated nuclear bombs (for civil engineering purposes) near Point Hope, Alaska. The legacy of this halted plan and what happened instead prompted a very unique reporting trip this summer, undertaken by news reporter Zachariah Hughes.

American flag on table

Primary Focus

August 19 was primary election day in Alaska. As you might expect, KNOM and its news department rallied to bring comprehensive coverage of this important election to our listeners, both on the airwaves and online.

Zach and Matt host Sounding Board

Why Online News Matters

Recently, our station has expanded its news coverage by providing stories online, with full text and audio. News director Matthew Smith explains why this is such an important step, and why your support makes all the difference.

Blanket toss, Nalukataq

On Top of the World

Volunteer Dayneé Rosales recently traveled to an incredible place: Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in the USA and the host of a traditional whaling festival, Nalukataq.