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“Dear Friend…” (May 2020)

Health care workers separated from family to limit exposure, quarantined travelers, face masks, and closed businesses are clear examples of how the pandemic requires sacrifice. The world has surrendered personal contact, liberties, independence, financial security and ready access to resources to protect what’s most precious: life, especially the most vulnerable. As we adapt, make do, […]

Protecting Elders: Whatever it Takes

A female EMT and a male police officer wear masks and gloves in the terminal of the Nome airport.

The solidarity and unified desire to see rural Alaska communities spared from the worst of the pandemic has required severe travel restrictions, social sacrifice and economic hardship. In places where many live in close quarters, sometimes without running water and sewer, and with little access to medical assistance, COVID-19 is taken very seriously. Leaders have […]

Severe Sewer Situation in St. Michael

IRA President for the Native Village of St. Michael, Alice Fitka, lives in a small house a few hundred yards from her office. Beside her home is a full “honey bucket” (the Western Alaskan term for a plastic-lined toilet bucket). At the end of her drive, bulky metal pipes join to a steel culvert, which […]

Radio Friend and Companion

When unable to meet others in person, radio can be a good friend. Listeners tune in to stay up to date with the latest travel changes, and live broadcasts of Nome Common Council meetings mean residents may listen without leaving home. To keep things active and light while children are home from school, DJs are […]

A Note on the CARES Act

Photo credit: 401(K) 2012 for 401kcalculator.org via Flickr Creative Commons.

The recent federal stimulus package provides special above-the-line tax incentives for 2020 charitable cash gifts, separate from the standard deduction. Please ask your tax advisor if and how much of your gifts to KNOM qualify under the new rules for the 2020 tax year.

Easter On The Airwaves

Annual Easter Triduum programming includes Palm Sunday Mass, Our Lord’s Supper Mass on Holy Thursday, The Passion of Our Lord Service on Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and the Easter Sunday Mass. Special content has been added to the airwaves in Western Alaska this year, as the faithful adapt to socially distant services. An English translation […]

From the GM’s Desk… (May 2020)

“This time in our history is alive with hope, shining the spotlight on the courage and resilience of Western Alaskans. The value of honoring our elders has been even more prominent in our thoughts and actions. Councils, businesses, and community leaders have come together, taking steps to secure the safety and wellbeing of each person. […]