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Camaraderie and Culture

Side-by-side pictures of an NYO competitor preparing for, then executing, a one-foot high kick inside the St. Michael school gym.

If you ask a Western Alaska school-aged child to name their favorite sport, the most common response will likely be “Native Youth Olympics,” or NYO. The games aren’t just a way for students to compete and develop athletic skills; they’re also a means for youth to connect to subsistence culture and learn to support each other.

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Kotlik Catalyst

Black and white photo of elderly woman inside her home.

Students in Kotlik, Alaska, have recently made a special connection with an elder in their village, building a relationship that may grow into a community-wide program of outreach and support. The spark was a friendly KNOM listener who told her life story on our airwaves.

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Santa Comes to St. Michael

Santa and Mrs. Claus Arrive at St. Michael

As volunteer Zoe Grueskin reported for KNOM listeners last month, Santa Claus traveled to the village of St. Michael this past Christmas with some special help. Reindeer are plentiful in the sub-Arctic, but in 2017, Santa made his deliveries on an Alaska National Guard cargo plane.

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A day in Gambell, Alaska

Two of our volunteers took an exceptional trip to a rural Alaska community this summer. In a small plane, Dayneé Rosales and Eva DeLappe journeyed to Gambell, Alaska, a community with many stories to tell. They spent time with elder Nancy Walunga (wuh-LUN-guh), whose life story graced a recent episode of our show Elder Voices.…

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A trip to Elim, Alaska

Thanks to a sponsorship with a regional air carrier, KNOM Radio is frequently the beneficiary of free air travel to many of the communities we serve. We view these “village trips” as essential to our mission; it gives us a vital opportunity to connect with our listeners in person and to do live reporting, on…

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A special trip, in search of song

Volunteer Josh Cunningham recently took a very special trip as a correspondent for KNOM. Josh went to the southwestern Alaska city of Bethel for the Cama-i (chuh-MY) Dance Festival, one of the largest and most significant annual cultural celebrations in the state. KNOM regularly sends its full-time volunteers to cover important regional and local events…

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