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Elder Voices: Vince Pikonganna

Craggy, grassy island cliff and shoreline, wrapped in mist

Join “Elder Voices” for a special presentation from the KNOM Archive of two interviews with King Island elder Vince Pikonganna. Interviewed in both 2003 and 2013, Vince shares his story and his hope for future generations.

With State Funding in Limbo, Nome Public Schools Presents 2025 Budget to City

Nome-Beltz Middle High School sits amongst snow as temporary fixes to an aging roof cause persistent trouble for maintenance crews. KNOM stock photo. April 10, 2024 Ben Townsend, News Director At a Nome City Council meeting held on Monday, April 8, Jamie Burgess, Superintendent of Nome Public Schools (NPS), laid out the financial landscape facing […]

NJUS to Host Community Energy Discussion on Nuclear Microreactor Technology

A power pole in Nome. KNOM stock photo. April 9, 2024 Ben Townsend, News Director The Nome Joint Utility System (NJUS) will host a public discussion Wednesday, April 17 to provide information on the potential benefits of constructing a nuclear microreactor in Nome. This discussion seeks to build on a previous hearing held in August […]

Two Nome-Beltz Basketball Players Earn First Team All-State Honors

Richard Cross prepares to take a free throw at the Alaska 3A State Championship. Janice Homekingkeo photo. April 5, 2024 Ben Townsend, News Director Nome-Beltz Middle High School’s Richard Cross and Finn Gregg have been named to the 2023-24 All-State basketball first team by the Alaska Basketball Coaches Association. Both players played pivotal roles in […]

Iditarod Champ Sets New Record

For those who follow the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a name that has become synonymous with unparalleled excellence is Dallas Seavey. This year, the 37-year-old musher from Talkeetna, Alaska, etched his name into Iditarod history by achieving a record breaking sixth victory, cementing his status as the most successful musher in the race’s storied […]

Dear Friend…(April 2024)

On the second Sunday of Easter, we hear the Gospel passage of Thomas finally meeting the risen Christ. The drama of Jesus’ crucifixion and death was so viscerally real and compelling that he refuses to believe until he can see Jesus alive face-to-face. Thomas was a beloved disciple; he followed Jesus throughout his public life […]

If You Give a Moose a Muffin

Wildlife is a constant reality on the Last Frontier. Even an ordinary trip to the grocery store can turn into an adventure at a moment’s notice, as one Anchorage woman recently found. After her weekly Costco run on a Saturday morning, she was loading groceries into her car in the parking lot when she suddenly […]

Dogs of Iron and Men of Steel

Snowmachiners reach the halfway checkpoint for 2024 Iron Dog.

Weeks before the Iditarod dog teams arrive in Nome, dogs of a different sort make their presence known in the city. The annual Iron Dog is the toughest and longest snowmachine race in the world, covering more than 2,500 miles of Alaskan backcountry from Anchorage to Nome and back. Veteran racers Cody Barber and Brett […]

Inupiaq Author Wins Newbery Honor

Inupiaq author and illustrator Nasugraq Rainey Hopson recently won two special honors for her debut novel, Eagle Drums, a magical realistic middle grade tale about the origin story of the Inupiaq Messenger Feast, a Native Alaskan tradition. She was awarded both a Newbery Honor and an American Indian Youth Literature Award. The hero of her […]