A landscape of Diomede, Alaska, in wintertime: a small airplane sits on a runway made of ice, with village houses nestled at the base of a steep hill in the background.

The village of Diomede, perched on a small rocky island, is one of the most remote communities in Western Alaska. This summer, the village leadership is taking drastic steps to help their community survive. Currently, leaders say their lack of essential services make Diomede living challenging. “We still have to haul our own water. We…

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On November 22, the KNOM business office received a thank you letter from a village listener who received a radio and booster in the mail. If you gave to the “$50 for 50 years” radio giveaway, this letter is for you. “I was pleasantly surprised to receive an unexpected gift from KNOM. Entertainment, broadcast news,…

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FM transmitter tower

As the mission hit the milestone of 50 years on the air in July, esteemed leaders in the community spoke publicly about the impact of KNOM has had over the years. It is clear that KNOM’s long-term presence in Western Alaska has empowered growth and engaged local listeners to tell their stories and instigate transformation…

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“Plan for the worst, hope for the best” was our strategy for the journey through the quagmire of last fiscal’s year prolonged pandemic-related challenges. Most charities had a rough year. In FY 21 (which lasted from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021) KNOM was 0.5% under budget for expenses and 11.6% over budget for…

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January The year begins with the arrival of vaccines for COVID-19 in Nome. Western Alaska is one of the first regions in the Untied States to receive the vaccine, and several communities rally to slow the infection rate. Also, a brave power crew in Unalakleet repair an overhead line in the middle of a major…

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Wintertime Alaska offers challenges and gifts. It is a time for hibernation and enjoying the fish and berries gathered during warmer months. The sea ice makes it possible to hunt animals that are too far out in the ocean during the summer months. When daylight returns in early spring, the ice and snow makes transportation…

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After a dark and rainy week in Nome, the sun shone through the clouds just in time for the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. This year St. Joseph Church and KNOM celebrated Christ’s presence in the Eucharist with a procession through town. Ever since he moved to Nome from India four years…

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This fall, a group of Elders and language experts created a glossary of terms for research, science and policy in the English, Inupiaq, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, and Yup’ik (or Yugtun) languages. The document is published by Kawerak, the tribal non-profit for the region. Their goal is to give researchers and decision-makers access to the…

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