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Recent Snapshots of Our Region

White Mountain's oil drum storage area is one contaminated site out of 338 sites on ANCSA land that is still in the clean-up process,. Photo: Laura Kraegel/KNOM.
White Mountain's oil drum storage area is one contaminated site out of 338 sites on ANCSA land that is still in the clean-up process,. Photo: Laura Kraegel/KNOM.

Your support for KNOM — in concert with a sponsorship agreement with a regional airline, which offers us free flights throughout the region — allows our volunteers to do vitally-needed travel to the isolated communities our radio signal reaches.

Here are just a few examples: snapshots of the heart of Western Alaska through the lens of recent work trips taken by newly-arrived news volunteer Laura Kraegel.

Laura originally posted the photos above and below on another blog post on this website (found here). From top to bottom: an overview of the coast near Wales, Alaska, where Laura traveled to report on a new safety patrol to monitor the movements of nearby polar bears; White Mountain, one of the villages closest to KNOM and, in March, one of the final checkpoints of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race; fish caught with a seine net and, after filleting, drying on a traditional fish rack, both in the eastern Norton Sound, just up the Bering Sea coast from Nome; and, last, an overview of Gambell, Alaska, the same community where Kristin Leffler also traveled to report on ACAT’s special community course.

The coast near Wales, Alaska
An overview of the coast near Wales, Alaska, where Laura traveled to report on a new safety patrol to monitor the movements of nearby polar bears.
White Mountain, Alaska
White Mountain, one of the villages closest to KNOM and, in March, one of the final checkpoints of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Salmon in a seine net
Salmon caught in a seine net in the eastern Norton Sound, just up the Bering Sea coast from Nome.
Fish drying on a rack
After filleting, salmon dry on a traditional fish rack in the eastern Norton Sound region (well within KNOM’s listening range).
Gambell, Alaska
An overview of Gambell, Alaska (the same community where Kristin Leffler also traveled to report on ACAT’s special community course).

As we hope you’ll agree from these pictures, rural Alaska is truly an incredible place! For more, see Laura’s blog post “Travelogue.”


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