“You have a flower in your hair,” people tell Anna Rose. It’s always the same line stated the same way. It’s not a question or an exclamation or even a signal like telling someone they have a smudge on their face or spinach between their teeth. Just a disaffected statement of what they see.
Volunteer Tara shares her experience “as witness and grandmother-figure to a flurry of eight adorable mutt-pups as they came into this world.” Cute puppy pictures included!
All over Alaska it’s fish season. Including the newsroom. As the chum, sockeye, and pinks make their way our way, fish affairs are swimming from the political to the personal.
Emily rejoices in the wealth of sunlight present for the Midnight Sun celebrations in Nome, maybe a little too much. Sunscreen anyone?
Volunteer Anna Rose looks to the future, excited, “because after KNOM, I can do anything, and the world is so big and life is so short and I have to choose among the magnificence.”
“Take I-80 East. Keep right,” the automated female voice instructs from the gps as my Dad jerks the wheel and the car careens onto the interstate.…
“Want to go egging?” Volunteer Emily gets a text from a local friend to go collect wild eggs for food, an important protein source in a springtime subsistence diet. As the seasons change, Emily gets out and about in the Nome countryside.
It’s a rite of passage for rural Alaskans: getting your car stuck in the mud. Tara relates her experience – and finds that getting stuck can have its upsides.
Spring in Nome is unpredictable, bringing occasional sun or long periods of fog and snow. Daynee battles this year’s drab days by being proactive: attending community events and creating colorful sushi out of marshmallow candy. Oh yes.
“Nome can’t shake me yet,” Tara says. Even though she’ll be leaving KNOM after her service year, she’ll be staying in town – to “take a chance” on a unique, and throughly Alaskan, opportunity.