KNOM’s announcers are trained to talk with, not to, the listener. Engaging the Listener, the fourth line of the station’s mission statement, represents a mutual radio friendship. For many local families, the relationship reaches back decades. Listeners tune in for live events, submit special ‘hotline’ messages to friends and family, or call in with song…

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This Advent season, episodes of Sharing the Word in Western Alaska feature the Sunday gospel reading and a radio-friendly homily. Pat (Patrick) Tam gave voice to the episodes. Tam is a Catholic parish worker who lives in Emmonak. He arrived in the village as a Jesuit volunteer in 1981 and has devoted his life to…

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“We’ve just been Iñupiaqizing it, indigenizing it, Alaskanizing it,” teacher and administrator Kiminaq Maddy Alvanna-Stimpfle told the Nome School Board. Many eyes have been on Nome’s Iñupiaq immersion program, which opened this fall. Alvanna-Stimpfle has created culturally relevant worksheets and materials for students and welcomes elders in the classroom. Almost every day, elders in the…

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Small Alaska village on a cloudy summer day, with waterfront and fishing boats in foreground

A new charter school opened in Hooper Bay this fall, serving children in grades 4 through 8. The curriculum centers around scientific topics or concepts found locally in Hooper Bay. Principal Jamie Wollman believes this will empower her students to recognize the connection between education and traditional Alaska Native culture. “The biggest thing is that…

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Notice of building move today at 4pm: Q Trucking Company will be moving a 26’ wide single-story home… Due to its significant size, we ask that you yield to the pilot cars and the load itself should you come upon us during our travels, and move off the roadway until it is safe to pass.…

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With more than thirty people testing positive for COVID-19 in Gambell, and nearly 100 active cases in the region, residents have made major adjustments. At the grocery store, which serves the entire community of 700, the phone line is constantly busy. Residents are asked to form a line, while standing six feet apart, and wait…

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KNOM is in it for the long haul. The mission’s deep roots and long-term presence in Western Alaska empower growth. For listeners, KNOM is a place for local voices to be heard. Daily newscasts and live programming from important statewide events, such as the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, connects rural residents to a wider…

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Sunset over Nome beach

“When I climbed down into that valley, my instinct told me I had to make sure there was a way to climb back out. I knew I needed some lifelines… I thought about the lifelines that were there for me… In the stormiest times of my journey, their presence had confirmed for me there’s an…

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Nome Beltz High School "den of the mighty nanooks"

Dr. Anthony Husemann, a Nome science teacher, was recently awarded funds for students to conduct independent research projects for national science fairs and competitions. The prestigious grant is only awarded to 66 teachers nation-wide. Among other things, the funds cover lab kits students can use whether at school or learning at home. Previous student projects…

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