The strength of rural communities are their people and their love for one another. In bush Alaska, people are always willing to lend a hand to friends and neighbors. When you don’t have many hands to make light work, you learn to do what is necessary: to focus on what is most important, dig in,…

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“Dear family and friends in Huslia, Alaska, There are many things I love about our community: the strong sense of camaraderie, the friendliness of everyone in town, the fact that everyone is ready to help each other out in times of need, but something I want to focus on is theresilience shown by each member…

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This summer, Pilgrim Hot Springs planted a small test crop in an attempt to revive their produce garden that grew from 2016 to 2018. Geothermal springs make the grounds of Pilgrim’s former Catholic orphanage ideal for growing vegetables – a unique opportunity in a region that relies on shelf-stable products like dry and canned goods.…

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Aerial view of Unalakleet during winter, with open water along the coast.

The Coast Guard is currently training seven Unalakleet locals to fly unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, as a remote response team. The project director, Dr. Jessica Garron at the Alaska Center for UAS Integration, said this task force is a historic first. “There’s been no organized training program put into place like this. Period. This…

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The absence of a grocery store has been felt in Diomede since 2020, when the old building had to be demolished. When other food sources were scarce or fluctuated, such as during poor fishing and hunting seasons, locals decided something needed to be done. For months, Diomede residents stocked groceries at the local Catholic church…

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“It’s been quite a week!,” says engineeer Les Brown. He was supposed to arrive in Nome on Sunday August 7 for routine maintenance, but the only workable bus and airline schedule was for Wednesday August 4. Five hours after his arrival, the KNOM-AM transmitter started acting strangely. Power dropped and the remote control became erratic.…

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One stormy night, a listener called KNOM to make sure someone was at the radio station monitoring the weather situation. “Now that I know you’re there, I’ll go to bed and try to sleep,” said the caller. “I’m here with you.” “Let’s enjoy the day together.” “Your heritage is a strong and beautiful treasure.” “God…

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KNOM’s 50th anniversary represented the kick-off for the mission’s radio giveaway. While celebrating with free cupcakes, the first five radios – and, five build-your-own transistor radio kits – were given away. The assembly kits were given to teachers and home educators while the radios and boosters went to visitors who knew the answer to KNOM…

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