An aerial view of near-shore ocean ice near the village of Shaktoolik, Alaska.

KNOM airs three daily reports of sea ice location in Western Alaska. This information has been especially important lately, as local sea ice cover has continued to decline, year over year, bringing severe impacts to our listeners.

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Tandy Wallack, Etta Tall, and documentary filmmaker Lourdes Grobet laugh together in the the KNOM studios, where they stopped by before heading to Little Diomede for a long-awaited family reunion.

For years, growing up on the Alaskan island of Little Diomede, Etta Tall wondered about what life was like just 2.4 miles away, on Russia’s Big Diomede, where her grandfather grew up. Now, thanks to a special reunion, “I don’t wonder anymore,” she says.

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View of Provideniya from Komsomolskaya Bay. Photo: Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

In this three-part series, we take a look at the relationship between Alaska and Russia from before the Cold War all the way through the present day. Hear directly from the people who melted the “Ice Curtain,” and from the people working to keep it melted.

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Father Ross Tozzi in KNOM's new digital studios

Serving the people of Western Alaska takes one to incredible places. Father Ross Tozzi recently returned from an extraordinary, unexpectedly lengthy stay in one of our region’s most singular communities, and later this month, he’ll be traveling again: this time, out of Western Alaska, entirely.

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