Dear Friend…(February 2024)

This month Catholics face a seemingly paradoxical juxtaposition as St. Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day. St. Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, romance, and indulgence, while Ash Wednesday is a day of penance, reflection, and spiritual renewal. On a deeper level, though, these two days have more in…

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Counting is for the Birds

On a chilly December day, Kate Persons, the volunteer coordinator for Nome’s Christmas Bird Count and a retired Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist, led a group of volunteers on a day of bird observation. The day held numerous surprises for the dedicated birdwatchers. Among the notable discoveries was a record-breaking number of…

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No Roads Lead to Nome

The recent mishap on an Alaska Airlines flight and the subsequent grounding of aircraft brought national attention to the aviation industry. Fortunately, Alaska Airlines was able to handle the situation without reducing service to rural Alaska. Like most Alaskan communities, Nome is not connected to the road system, so food, fuel, and other supplies can…

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Trapper Hats for Troopers

With the Alaska Department of Public Safety searching for a new supply of fur trapper hats for State Troopers, many Troopers are turning to their local communities for help. The Department has allowed Troopers to have their hats custom-made, as long as they meet certain requirements. Many State Troopers prefer the custom-made option, because a…

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Dear Friend…(January 2024)

It’s wonderful to begin the year celebrating Mary, the Mother of God, a figure of profound significance. Her motherhood emphasizes her pivotal role in Christ’s life, reminding us of her enduring compassion and understanding. Just as Mary experienced challenges during Jesus’ birth, she empathizes with the struggles of vulnerable people today, especially those facing poverty…

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Going the Distance for Nome’s Nanooks

The Iditarod Trail is famous for its annual sled dog race, but every year human athletes test their endurance on its expanse as well. The Iditarod Trail Invitational gathers bikers, cross-country skiers, and runners to race the 1000 miles from the Anchorage area to the famous burled arch in Nome. Alternatively, athletes can race a…

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City of Diomede Building Slides into School

Residents of Little Diomede, an island village, located 135 miles northwest of Nome, woke up to find that their city building adjacent to the school partially collapsed due to deteriorated stilts, causing it to lean onto the school structure. Thankfully, no injuries were reported. The Bering Strait School District announced the immediate closure of the…

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Crafters from Western Alaska Prepare for Gift-giving Season

In this vibrant region, two incredible women poured their heritage and craftsmanship into every piece they create as they prepared for the holiday shopping season. Shirley (Kiparalria) Hootch, a Yup’ik jeweler from Emmonak, handcrafts exquisite earrings using caribou antler and walrus ivory sourced from her family in Point Hope. Inspired by her lineage of artists,…

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