Diomede, Alaska

The fire that erupted in a home late Friday night was mostly put out within two hours, and no one was seriously injured. It’s the second major emergency for the community in less than a month.

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Oiled Wildlife

Thomas Riley works in the planning division for DHSEM. Riley recently visited Nome for three days and spoke with organizations like Kawerak and the LEPC about specific emergencies that may arise in the region. Anahma Shannon of Kawerak said of Riley’s visit, “I think one of the things they (the State) realized is that people kept bringing up oil spill response, increased vessel traffic, oiled wildlife…”

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Landscape of rural Alaska town on a sunny summer day

Your support enables KNOM to provide crucially-needed information to rural Alaska: such as when, earlier this year, two listening communities were placed on “boil water” notices because of concerns of tap water contamination.

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Nome Joint Utility. Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM file.

The notice, issued Thursday evening, was lifted early Saturday morning after NJUS received lab results confirming bacteria had not contaminated the water system.

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The morning of our press deadline for this month’s newsletter, the KNOM staff came into the studio building to an unpleasant surprise: no water. None of the faucets, water fixtures, or toilets in the building had any water pressure. Not a drop. Our local public utility identified the culprit to be a frozen pipe caused…

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At times, KNOM staff and volunteers face a variety of challenges. Last week brought engineering, computer, and plumbing difficulties, but with the help of professionals and an energetic staff, each problem was identified, and, when possible, solved. Among our glitches was a malfunctioning temperature sensor at our studio building. The sensor is designed to feed…

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