Nowhere is the need for rural Alaska broadcasting more evident than in the village of Diomede, a small community located on an island in the Bering Strait.
Now passed in the US House and Senate, the WRDA bill could bring $1.4 billion to rural Alaska over the next five years.
With a focus on infrastructure, the bill would also place grant money in rural Alaska villages that do not have basic drinking water or wastewater services.
Two British explorers were rescued from the icy waters of the Bering Strait on Thursday afternoon.
KNOM AM-FM took home four Goldies at the Alaska Broadcasters Convention — with specific nods to our daily news reporting, our Iditarod coverage, and Story49.
After recent repairs to its autopilot system, the single helicopter that ferries mail and passengers to and from Little Diomede Island is up and running (though still waiting on weather).
Serving the people of Western Alaska takes one to incredible places. Father Ross Tozzi recently returned from an extraordinary, unexpectedly lengthy stay in one of our region’s most singular communities, and later this month, he’ll be traveling again: this time, out of Western Alaska, entirely.
For weeks on end in February, one of the most isolated communities on Earth was cut off from the outside world with the halting of its regular helicopter flights. As KNOM reported, there was “no way on or off.”
A single flight replenished essentials in mid-February, but with regular flights halted since January 22, Diomede is lacking for staples like drug prescriptions and mail.
What is love? It’s a big question, but this month’s Story49 delves into the topic through the stories of five local couples.