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The Nome Static, August 2020

“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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Industry Adapts As Fish Move North

For the first time in twenty years, there were no commercial red king crab fisheries in the Norton Sound this year. Instead, some local fishing crews are now catching cod, a new development in the region. Nome resident Phil Pryzmont has spent 12 years cod fishing in Alaska. He says red king crab is a…

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KNOM’s Board of Directors Seeks New General Manager

The KNOM Board of Directors is sad to bid farewell, at least in her current managerial capacity, to General Manager Margaret DeMaioribus. Margaret has served the mission admirably as general manager since 2017, but now will be returning to the Philadelphia area to care for her ailing father. Margaret first came to KNOM as a…

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‘Trail Mix’ Show Brings Nature to the Airwaves

For his last late afternoon show of the year, Volunteer Fellow JoJo Phillips and his special guest Sean Smith brought listeners outside. Surrounded by the natural sounds of babbling creeks, birds singing, and the tundra crunching underfoot, the pair discussed what it means to ‘hike your own hike’ and played favorite tunes for the outdoors.…

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From the GM’s Desk… (August 2020)

KNOM is God’s mission fully alive. Regardless of the length of time we are here, we are all taking part in stewarding KNOM to pass on to the next generation of listeners, volunteers, and KNOM family. I have been truly humbled during my tenure as general manager. Our KNOM family has devoted hearts of service,…

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