Two different US Coast Guard ice breakers will venture past Western Alaska this year, in what locals and researchers are calling a strategic message to assert American sovereignty to the nation’s adversaries. First, the vessel Polar Star spent 12 weeks above the Arctic Circle, breaking a 40-year wintertime absence. Then, the Coast Guard announced the…

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Some newcomers are surprised to learn how important good humor is to Western Alaska, a region known for a pragmatic view of life. For the Indigenous people groups in Western Alaska, humor is a significant cultural value. The ability to make a good joke can diffuse a tough situation. Good humor gives strength to stay…

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Norton Sound Health Corporation is pausing its use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as a precautionary measure due to an extremely rare side effect of blood clotting that has occurred in a small number of patients nationwide.

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Speaking about something that is difficult to share and being taken seriously by others is deeply healing. Sharing teaches us we are not alone. When KNOM’s reporters – often new to Western Alaska – request an interview, it requires courage and trust to say yes. That is especially true when sharing personal stories dear to…

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Bishop Chad recorded daily novena prayers in preparation for the feast of St. Joseph. 2021 is the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. Also, a special series of spots explains the significance of each day of Holy Week.

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The Nome Airport’s weather equipment failed for five days in early March, right before a record-setting winter storm. Rick Thoman, from the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, has more: “Now, that’s the bad news. The good news is, KNOM Radio, in their role as National Weather Service co-operative observers, recorded 14 inches of…

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Several years ago, a group of women in Nome began meeting around the dinner table. Week after week, they began to share experiences of sexual assault. They concluded there was a pattern of neglect by the justice system. The women, several of them respected leaders, have compelled the community to push through awkward conversations and…

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