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Life in Nome

Posts about general life in Western Alaska

First view of Nome. August 2013.

Gravity

Anna Rose reflects on feeling a sense of belonging and purpose on coming to Nome and to KNOM. In Alaska, she says, “for the first time in long memory, I feel gravity.”

Out cutting trail near Banner Creek

Foreign Gear

“The season here is too long, brutal, and depressing to just eek through,” Zach says. “Better is finding a way to revel in cold-weather activities.”

"Nah, We Probably Don't Need Snowshoes"

Winter Weather Prep

“Alaska has made me tougher in some ways, but it’s also made me realize that there are some things you don’t need to be tough about,” Emily says.

L>R: Tara, myself, Emily, and our mighty leader, Kelly, in the midst of our holiday Production meeting.

The Art of Asking

“Small-town living in the Alaskan frontier,” Dayneé says, “is a fine balance between rugged individualism and communal caring… Sooner or later, you have to ask for help.”

Candid family photo in our Thanksgiving best

Nome for the Holidays

“What Nome lacks in decoration,” Emily says, “it makes up for in spirit.” She, and all our volunteers, thank the many people who are making this holiday season special.

Last weekend Em and I went sledding on Anvil Mountain

Take that, SAD

It’s a dark, cold season in Alaska, but Tara says there are lots of ways to keep cheery: from Latin dance classes and yoga to multivitamins and time with the “sunbox.”