Life in Western Alaska is labor intensive, and often challenging and uncomfortable. On the surface, it is a sacrifice. However, a simple life is an intentional choice. Life does not have to be easy to have dignity and goodness. Yet, smalltown life offers the gift of being seen for who you truly are. It is…

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“There was just limited room in that old clinic,” Howard Weyiouanna, mayor of Shishmaref, told listeners. At 5,400 square feet, the new clinic is about three times bigger. “With more exam rooms, you can just offer more appointment slots,” said Angie Gorn, the CEO of Norton Sound Health Corporation. At the ribbon cutting ceremony in…

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The spot series “Love Letters to Home”, which has been broadcast this late summer and fall, is now completed. The last two spots in the series both feature youth from the Bering Strait region. In one, Nome’s Katie Smith takes the opportunity to thank her town for building community spirit around her generation. She thanks…

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A recent training session, hosted by the local Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Research on Resilience and the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council, trained participants on new research in suicide prevention. The data speaks to whole communities coming together to create a positive atmosphere. “The goal, as one Elder from Alakanuk said, isn’t just, ‘we don’t…

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Although the birthday date has passed, KNOM’s 50th year vision to “give back KNOM” by making local voices a deeper part of the mission continues. The station’s staff recently finished analyzing a the results of a survey that was mailed out to all households in the listening area. Respondents would be entered to win a…

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