“Department of Corrections is the biggest mental health facility in our system. Something’s wrong with that picture,” said Ron Taylor, Department of Corrections commissioner.
Teller, Alaska, is a community close to Nome, and KNOM, in more ways than one. This year, our volunteers continued a cherished tradition of making the trek to Teller’s annual, spirited dancing festival.
In October’s episode of Dearest Alaska, we’re off to Wales to learn what making a qaspeq (kuspuk) is all about.
Volunteer producers Maddie and Mitch recently traveled to the community of Wales for one of our region’s most notable annual events: the Kingikmiut Dance Festival, which brings together practitioners of traditional Alaska Native music and storytelling from throughout KNOM country.
New state standards are calling for more “rigorous” education. But in many districts, that goal is matched by a desire for more cultural relevancy in the classroom.
This week on Sounding Board, we want to know: what should be the priorities for education in Western Alaska?
“One thing I found inspiring on this trip wasn’t exactly a thing that we learned, it was something that we felt,” said Tatiana, one of the Nome student attendees. “It brought this sense of community and togetherness that I’ve never felt before.”
Teacher Marjorie Tahbone and students Tehya and Katherine give us a glimpse into their course—and it’s about a lot more than language.
Call in this Thursday at 10 a.m. to share how music has influenced your life here in Western Alaska.
Volunteer producer Dayneé changes hats, reporting on the Nalukataq celebration in Barrow, Alaska: “I am not a newsie at heart. I compensated for it by giving myself more prep time and a few pep talks in front of the mirror that went something like, ‘You’re assertive! You ask questions! You can walk up to strangers and ask coherent, intelligent questions!'”