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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Fun and Games with Firemen

The annual Fireman’s Carnival took place at the beginning of December to benefit the Nome Volunteer Fire Department. Hundreds of Nome residents gathered at the local recreation center to partake in the festivities. The raffle prizes included a brand new 2024 SkiDoo Snowmobile, two round-trip Alaska Airline tickets, $1000 shopping spree, 100 gallons of heating…

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