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The Nome Static, June 2020

“Dear Friend…” (June 2020)

Western Alaskans live abundantly. God provides what is needed and it is up to us to stretch those provisions. In a remote location, the sea, rivers and countryside provide plenty of sustenance, teachable moments, healthy activity, and a chance to share. Spring and summer in bush Alaska is a time to gather food and build…

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Hospital Screens 10% for COVID-19

With a large number of rapid tests available and a small population, the hospital corporation has a unique opportunity to map how the the coronavirus is transferred in a geographically isolated system. This data collection will impact later research. Norton Sound Health Corporation is now doing drive-through testing at the hospital in Nome. Thanks to…

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Foster Families Get Free Internet At Home

Kawerak, the tribal nonprofit that serves the Norton Sound region, has paid for foster parents’ internet access for the months of April and May. An employee noticed foster families were financially stressed with schools being closed. Traci McGarry, Child and Family Services Program Director, says access to internet, an expensive utility, can really benefit foster…

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Local Teachers Print Medical Equipment

Teachers in the Bering Strait School District (BSSD) are using school technology to create face shields and masks for local medical personnel, garnering praise from state officials. Printers used to teach high school students are now producing 1,000 face shields for employees at Norton Sound Health Corporation. Reid Tulloch, a Career and Technical Education instructor…

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‘Unserviced’: No Water, No Sewer

How can people wash their hands regularly to prevent the spread of germs without running water? In a recent two-part radio feature (part 1 / part 2), listeners heard from leaders in five ‘unserviced’ Bering Strait communities that do not have residential water or sewer access. In the villages of Wales, Stebbins, Teller, Shishmaref, and…

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Poetry on the Airwaves

A recent installment of the ‘Read-Along’ featured Joy Harjo, who is the United States Poet Laureate and a well-known indigenous poet. Harjo shared some of her work, including a poem about Nome, or, as Harjo describes it: a place “near the opening in the Earth’s head”. The poem was inspired by a trip to Nome…

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A Year of Service

Western Alaska’s needs for information, inspiration, and companionship remain essential. Do you, or someone you know, want to do work that matters? KNOM is still accepting applications for our 2020-2021 cohort. Find out how you can make KNOM your mission.

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From the GM’s Desk (June, 2020)

Western Alaska has been actively participating in an unprecedented time in history. Communities are continuing to come together in unique ways to meet the ever-changing needs of the region. One example brought the Nome-Beltz High School graduation ceremony to families and students live on KNOM’s airwaves, thanks to the collaboration of teachers and staff. KNOM’s…

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