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The Nome Static, 2020 (All)

“Dear Friend…” (September 2020)

Presence is the source of transformation. Lasting change and good solutions happen in the context of relationship. The first line in our mission statement, Encountering Christ, means to experience His presence and allow it to transform us. Christ did not come to judge the world, but to set it right. His presence heals, restores, and…

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Running to Prevent Suicide

Long-distance runner Carol Seppilu has set an audacious goal for 2020: to run the full length of all three roads in Nome, an approximate distance of 229 miles. Seppilu and Sherri Anderson, the continuing care coordinator for Norton Sound Health Corporation’s behavioral health services, visited the studio. They discussed resources and help available to those…

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The Last Link in the Logistical Food Chain

The logistical process of bringing supplies to Western Alaska villages means you will not always find what you need at the grocery store. Shipping times mean fresh food spoils quickly, so canned and dry items are much cheaper to stock than fresh goods. Produce is often unavailable. For business owners, keeping village shelves filled can…

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‘Exchange’ Call-In Show Panel Discuss School Return

The superintendents of all the three school districts in KNOM country; Nome Public Schools, Bering Strait School District, and the Lower Yukon School District, gathered over the airwaves to share their plans for welcoming students and teachers back to school. The superintendents presented what this school year will look like. They were also available to…

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Unalakleet Patient Shares COVID-19 Experience

In one episode of Sikkulautaq (pronounced “sik-oo-LOW-tuq”), Amber Cunningham of Unalakleet shared her experience of catching COVID-19 while on a trip to Anchorage. The show is produced by Laureli Ivanoff, for Norton Sound Health Corporation. Cunningham described being surprised and amused at not being able to smell things that normally have a strong scent, like…

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“Dear Friend…” (August 2020)

During the late summer in Alaska, days are long, the salmon is running, and the berries are abundant. Harvesting these riches takes grit and the ability to change plans quickly when needed. It’s a reminder to think long-term while doing the work set before us – together. It is when we are stretched and challenged…

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New Sea Berm for Shaktoolik Among Village Grant Fund

Sophia Katchatag is a tribal coordinator for the village of Shaktoolik. Last winter, after Shaktoolik’s existing sea barrier was badly damaged by early autumn storms, Katchatag applied for a federal grant to help her community stay safe from erosion. Shaktoolik’s protective sea berm, which was constructed in 2014, consists mostly of gravel. Before that, the…

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Nome Police Prioritize Training, Outreach

A new grant from the U.S. Department of Justice aims to fund more community-oriented policing in Nome. The new opportunity sparked an important and sensitive conversation at a city council meeting earlier this summer. Police Chief Mike Heintzelman said he hopes to improve community relations and educate students about the role of police, as well…

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