Home (in Nome, AK)

Hi there!Β This blog is my way to tell the stories and share the pictures from my adventures in Nome, Alaska. I hope some of it will be informational for anyone wondering what it is like to move to, and live here. And what it’s like to work here. I want to show life here in pictures to share the beauty and uniqueness of this place. Since I always intend to journal, but never really do, hopefully this will serve to collect my stories, thoughts, and be a way to process my experiences while working as a doctor in Alaska.

Disclaimer: The views presented in this blog are my personal views and do not represent the views of NSHC.

There’s no place like Nome!


Muckin’ around is more fun in green wellies!


Oh, by the way! This is where Nome is: (in case, like me, you hadn’t ever really known much about it). It’s a lot closer to Russia than to Anchorage!:


Happy in the mountains


95 thoughts on “Home (in Nome, AK)

  1. Hello Shana! This is awesome! I look forward to seeing and learning about Nome. I am a friend of Sarah Miller, through my daughter who she worked with at Winterberry. I hope you don’t mind πŸ™‚ Enjoy your new adventure in Nome! Thank you, in advance!

    • Oh, wonderful! I’m glad you found the site. πŸ™‚ It’s so much fun to share these adventures with friends and family, and anyone interested! I love Tim and Sarah & Co.–I’m really lucky to have them as neighbors here. They have taught me some of the things I’ve written about on here. Thanks for taking the time to write! Shana
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      • I think I might be going to Nome in a few weeks. I just got offered an interview at Norton Sound? I am excited but slightly apprehensive. How is it going?

  2. Hello,
    I am a West Virginia friend of Sarah Miller’s. She shared your site so that I can see where she is now and learn about the area.
    Thank you for sharing,
    Lynne Bostic

  3. Your Sunday post made me and Dan smile as we remembered our short time in Kotz. I’m so glad to read your stories, you are a remarkable young doctor. Amazing how much and yet how little we know after all those long years of training, right? As long as you learn how to use the tools you have, though, you can probably help someone along the way. I don’t know if it ever sinks in that you are it…;)

    • Wow, thanks Kmac! this was encouraging to read!!! I was wondering how long it would take to sink in. πŸ™‚ It’s true: it is amazing to feel that we learn “so much, and yet little.” I am grateful for the tools I accumulated in residency, and hope to keep adding to them! Thanks for all your teaching!!!! Miss you! Hope you and your beautiful family are well. Much love.

    • Hahaha! Happy Holidays! Where in the World are you now? Well, yes, that is the pet of a Noman (that is clever). πŸ™‚ He is famous around town. But he is an uncommon type of pet. Except for Santa Claus. πŸ™‚

      Thanks! I am actually staying quite warm. The Circumpolar saying is: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” Which I’m finding to be really true–I am warmer here than I ever was in Minnesota and Chicago, because I didn’t have proper winter stuff! πŸ™‚ Hope you are well!

  4. Hi Shana, wishing you a wonderful Christmas and I know your New Year will be fantastic and we get to read all about it!!!! Thank you. Yes, I am Ann’s mother. I love your photography and descriptions. That emergency flight sounded right out of Grays Anatomy. Keep warm and if you need anything just drop a line. carino, rose

    • Thank you, Rose! I wish you a great Christmas and New Year filled with lots of joy and love and peace! Thanks so much for your note. πŸ™‚ You are so sweet. How about a visit to Alaska? πŸ˜‰
      CariΓ±o y un abrazo!

  5. I was just wondering what it was like living in Nome, Alaska. I may have a job opportunity up there. I have a wife and three kids. I don’t drink, smoke, or hunt. However, I enjoy being outdoors and doing things like rollerblading, biking and hiking.

    • Hey Leo! It’s overall great! I know a lot of families who are enjoying raising their kids here. The great things are that kids can get outside and play fairly freely around. There are still things that parents have to be mindful of for their kids here (like anywhere), but compared to the cities I’ve been living in the Lower 48, kids are so much more active outdoors here! All of the activities you mentioned can be done here, except rollerblading might be a little tricky since there are only a few blocks of paved road. I don’t smoke or hunt and I barely drink, and there is plenty to do! It’s good to have some indoor hobbies too, just because the winter can be dark, cold and kind of long (although this year didn’t seem bad at all!)
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      • Hi….I’m so glad to have found your page. I will be coming up to nome to work for 13 weeks….I’m a nurse. I was wondering if you could fill me in on the ADL’s of health care professionals…..or anything else I want to know….which is pretty much everything!!….I’ll be leaving Pennsylvania mid January…..

  6. Hey Shana,

    It’s me again. It appears as though I’m idiot. I found some other links RIGHT BELOW THE COMMENT BLOCK! I will check those out.



    • No worries! The post definitely doesn’t answer everything (I wrote it when I was still new here!), and a lot of information is randomly scattered through the blog. So if you have any specific questions, feel free to ask! πŸ™‚
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  7. “It also appears I’m idiot.” It also appears as though I can’t put a full sentence together. My apologies.

    What large purchase items would you suggest? Should I buy a snow mobile, a four wheeler, both, or none? Do I need a snow blower, shovels, etc?

    Additionally, I contacted the police department up there and the officer was very helpful as far as crime and that sort of thing- very nice guy. He practically knows everyone in the entire Nome area. I didn’t want to bother him so I kept my questions to the law enforcement side of the house. So, I didn’t ask him about general living and that sort of thing.

    • Haha! No worries…I do the same thing all the time. For the Summer, Spring and even Autumn, a four wheeler is excellent. For most winters (except the last anomalous winter) a snowmobile is great to have! Shovels are also good to have. If you have a family, it’s nice to have a vehicle (like an SUV) that everyone can go in. There are 100s of miles of roads out of Nome (granted they don’t lead anywhere), but they are fun to explore and go berry-picking or just to get away. As far as other large purchase items–it depends on what kind of housing you are getting. Some housing with companies is fully furnished with appliances, but others are not. There are lots of things you can get or order on Amazon Prime in Nome. Sometimes it’s easiest just to have the basics and figure out what you need as you go along. Whatever you need to survive is findable in Nome. πŸ™‚ That’s awesome you have contacts already–feel free to ask anyone about things. I’m sure the officer/police department people will be happy to help. It’s the kind of community where people are more than happy to take the time to help others out! You can also sign up for Nome Announce–the local bulletin board/Craigslist/community announcement place. πŸ™‚
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    • Hey! That’s awesome! πŸ™‚ Where are you from? I only know a little bit about how it is for travelers just from chatting with traveling nurses. Here’s some of what I’ve gleaned: As far as coming here for 13 weeks, you don’t really have to bring a lot. What you bring kind of depends on what time of year you come. I think most housing is covered and most places are fully furnished. As far as who likes living in Nome, that depends a lot on each person. A lot of enjoying it stems from accepting and embracing things how they are. It’s definitely not the Lower 48! (which I struggled with figuring out at first and still sometimes I have to remind myself!) But it has lots of cool, unique aspects, challenges and bonuses. If you are a can-do person, proactive, and eager to take good care of patients, and also if you can be easy-going and roll with the way things are (while striving to help make positive change), then it’s a great fit! The nursing-patient ratio is not usually that high, but there are a lot of extra details that nurses do here, that techs and clerks and social workers and other job descriptions do elsewhere, so it can be busy in a random way! Being cross-trained for Peds, OB, critical care is helpful (but I don’t think required) because we have a little bit of everything here! πŸ™‚ Which is the fun, challenging, unique aspect of the job. I’m sure some travelers could give you more great tips and input! Good luck to you! Nome is awesome and a unique place to live for at least 13 weeks. You can do anything for 13 weeks, right?! πŸ™‚
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  8. I guess my interview went well. I got the position! Maybe we’ll see you up there. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to email me. I will get you in contact with my wife and we will help you out.

    In the meantime, I have a question; do things rust out up there as far as vehicles and things like that? A couple years ago I was living in Aruba. The amount of damage that salt air did was astounding. I had a brand-new, side by side barbecue grill I took down there. Within a year it was badly rusted. My buddy had a scooter down there. I swear, if you kicked it, it probably would’ve blown apart into dust. My wife wants to get an ATV to take up there. I just want to make sure I don’t run into that same problem up there. Thanks again for all of you input.

    • Yay! Congratulations! Thanks so much for the offer. When are you guys moving up here? I would definitely get an ATV and any other vehicle–there is too much to explore around here not to! There is a small level of rust, just by being by the sea, but nothing like the tropics where the heat and salt corrodes everything! most ATVs hold up here pretty well for years. Also, for about half the year, the Bering Sea is frozen, so it’s that much less exposure to corrosion (and that much more need for an ATV to get around on the snow/packed roads). πŸ™‚

  9. Love your blog, and its great to see a doctor of all people have one. Me and my wife are considering moving there for the elementary school. (She’s a teacher). What I’ve been curious of is the hospital facilities. I have PKD but am hopefully a long way from dialysis. Only like a 1.5-1.9 creatine. My curiosity is in the facilities there, is there at least a emergency dialysis machine there? I understand ill probably have to fly to anchorage for specialist but just curious what you are capable in Nome.

    Off that subject do you happen to know what the internet is truly like there? Speeds/service interruptions?

    • Hi Trenton!
      Thanks for your message! Yes, Nome is a great place to teach…and live. πŸ™‚ The hospital facilities are beautiful, although we really don’t have specialists or a lot of on-site specialty care here. There are specialists who travel up to Nome for field clinics, which is awesome, and we have some very medically fragile patients that are well taken care of (which continues to amaze me)! There is not an emergency dialysis machine here. There are a few patients who do have peritoneal dialysis, which I was really surprised to learn of, because you are right–we are really off the main grid. πŸ™‚ If there was an emergency, it would mean traveling to Anchorage. Some people’s insurance covers travel to Anchorage, some does not. But if you have an Alaska Airlines credit card and Club 49 member, getting to Anchorage by commercial flight can be super cheap. And of course, if it was emergent emergent, there is always a med-evac, which is 4 hours from door-to-door (Nome to Anchorage).

      Internet is pretty decent here. I stream a lot of video/occasional Netflix and only have minor interruptions–some days a little more. GCI just got a new fiber optic cable (or something techy like that) last Fall, so I’ve heard it’s really good now compared to before when they had internet via satellite connection. I’m not sure of the speed, but if you are more technologically savvy than me, you could find out more info. πŸ™‚ To me it works just fine, so I haven’t really investigated the stats. Compared to a big city in the Lower 48, it might be a little annoying sometimes, but compared to Bush Alaska (and developing countries, like Papua New Guinea:)), it is pretty amazing! A lot of it depends on expectations. I thought it might be something like the show “Northern Exposure” and it is constantly wowing me. πŸ™‚

      Hope this helps! If you have more questions, feel free to ask! There was so much I didn’t know and didn’t know how to find it out before I moved!
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      • Hello, just thought I’d say my wife accepted a job in Nome so looks like we will be there august 10th! All happening pretty quick. Seeing how my medical stuff I’m sure we might meet sometime. Thanks for the great info. Did you say you had Verizon in a post and that it works fine? If so does the data work on it?

        • Trenton,

          I believe she said Verizon DOES NOT work in Nome and you will have to switch to AT&T. I have Verizon as well and although I pay a little more, it has been exceptional. I’m hoping AT&T is good, too. My buddy has it and says it works fine – customer service probably isn’t the best. We should have a welcome barbecue as soon as I get up there. It will be a blistering 47 degrees by then. HA!

        • Yay! congrats to your wife! …and good luck with the big move! πŸ™‚ Verizon does NOT work reliably in Nome–it worked half the time, but I missed lots and lots of calls, texts and had dropped calls. I had to get out of my contract early. πŸ™ AT&T is the best if you need service in the Lower 48 and Alaska. GCI is the best for Alaska only service.
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  10. We are hoping to be up there by next month! Thanks again for the information! If you think of anything I might need, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

  11. Hello Shana, from your old mentor and friend! I have heard about your blog from your classmates and just got to read it. I am so happy to see all that you are doing!
    The Center for Community and Global Health at Loyola has grown leaps and bounds. We want to feature you in a newsletter sometime. Is that okay?

    • Hi Amy! It’s so so good to hear from you! Awww I’m glad you found me here–it’s so great to reconnect. Yeah I have loved working here in Alaska. I get to do full-spectrum family medicine, delivering babies, taking care of kids, emergency medicine, even some critical care, medevacs and village trips by flight! I’ve been wondering how you are?! What are you up to these days? πŸ™‚ Wow! I am amazed by the Center for Community and Global Health, and I am so glad to hear it’s growing! πŸ™‚ I would love to hear more about what’s been happening there. Do you have a publication? And yes, I am happy to be in a newsletter or help support it in any other ways. Let me know what I can do!
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      • Because it’s so late, they are going fly my stuff up in a plane. I should get my stuff pretty quickly. In the meantime, there are barbecue grills going on sale like crazy. Just sayin’…HA!

  12. I was in Nome in Sept helping my son Mark bring his dogs there. I got to stay for a week. It is an amazing area. I love your blog, your positiveness and gratitude come shining through. It’s beautiful.

    • Thanks for the kind words, Tom! We all love Mark–he’s doing amazing things to help us out! πŸ™‚ I’m glad he came to Nome. It is a cool place in the world. πŸ™‚

  13. The people here are the nicest people I’ve ever met! I’d like to have a get together when my stuff arrives. You are more than welcome to stop on by!

  14. Hi, I am a little nervous about moving to Nome in December. In doing some research I found your blog and you made be feel much better! You write so well and have been enjoying your adventure and considering all of the places you have lived, your opinion is very qualified! I am hoping that you can direct me regarding the best way to find a room/apartment to rent. I will be working at the Nome Youth Facility and after speaking to the facility Superintendent, am very excited about the opportunity. The more people I can reach out to for advice…..the better. I am nervous about finding a place to live!

    • Hi Bonnie! Thanks for your note. πŸ™‚ I promise you it won’t be as bad as it seems or sometimes sounds…that is what a pilot once told me last October, and he was right! πŸ™‚ I wrote a little post about how to survive an Alaskan winter: http://nomemuckinaround.com/how-im-surviving-my-first-alaskan-winter/ I think the jacket and warm clothes and lights and exercise are key. πŸ™‚ As far as housing goes, I got really lucky because Norton Sound has some limited housing for employees, so I never had to do much to figure that out. There is the relocation guide (http://www.visitnomealaska.com/relocation-guide.html) with some information, and a lot of rentals are posted on Nome Announce–the email bulletin that you can sign up for. Other than that, I’m not entirely sure the other best resources. But I’m sure you will find something!!! πŸ™‚ If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask! Take care, and good luck with preparing for your move!

  15. I love your writing and picture!! So beautiful (: I hope Kansas City was fun, I’m pretty envious about the Indian food–havn’t found any good Indian stuff here. Can’t wait to read your next blog, hope your adventure is a blast!

    • Awww, thanks Mackenzie! πŸ™‚ It’s great to hear from you. How have you been? How’s Nashville? I love your new post too! And your pictures~holy cow, your pictures! So beautiful!!! <3

  16. Is it necessary to have waterproof winter boots? I will be walking 4 blocks to work in Nome and need to purchase appropriate boots.

    Thank You for any advice!

    • Well, this winter it’s still raining in November! So it is really, really nice to have waterproof boots. πŸ™‚ But I don’t know that it’s completely necessary, especially for 4 blocks. But warm, or really warm socks–that’s important. Bogs are excellent, bunny boots are good, even the regular winter boots like Sorels, are good. Good luck to you!
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  17. I just wanna say thank you. I still follow this blog and had asked you questions during the summer. My wife and I have now been in Nome for 4 months and she is loving teaching her little kiddos. Just saying thanks again it was nice reading all of your stuff before we moved up.

      • Hey Shana, I was actually curious about some medical questions at the hospital. Are you emergency visit only doctor or do you do appointments for general as well. I’m not sure if you can see my email but was wondering if you could email me I had some questions to ask you. I have PKD and have been getting my medication from down south, but my doctor wanted me to see about getting a regular doctor here. Was debating whether it was worth trying to here or booking a trip to Anchorage. Thanks

        • Hi Trenton, yeah you can call the clinic number to make an appt to establish care. We can do chronic care, and often if a specialist is required, patients do end up going to Anchorage to see the specialist. But I think it is worth trying to get a primary care doctor here in Nome, if nothing else, to help facilitate care in Anchorage. Thanks!
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  18. I have accepted a job at the hospital, I am very excited Will be there the 1st of march if all goes well. I have a 14yr old son he’s not real happy about the move I think he will like it once we are there. Housing seems to be my only fear I have 2 dogs. Reading through your website has been GREAT it has helped me feel less stressed out Thank You

    • Oh thanks, Cyndi! I wish you both the best! I think your son will probably end up liking it. I think it’s kind of a kid’s/teen’s paradise. πŸ™‚ Yeah, housing can be tricky, but I think it usually works out. Hope you enjoy your time here! πŸ™‚
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    • (repost)
      Hi Dr. Shana,

      Just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the great information! We are really enjoying it here! I’ll keep you posted as to when I will have my official first barbecue here. I’ve made a couple test runs with the neighbors and they were very happy! I am not wasting that front deck this summer, that’s for sure.

      Lastly, I saw there’s a lady on here with a 14 year old. If she has any questions, she can email me and I can direct her to my wife. We can try to help her! leogetzy@msn.com or getzysdetail@yahoo.com

      Thanks again,


  19. Wow, Shana! Congratulations!! What a great story. Thanks for sharing it in such great pictorial form. We’re so happy for you. Love how God works!! Hope to see you in AK in July?!?!

    • Hi, Aunt Colleen!!! Thank you! πŸ™‚ It’s been so so much fun! Yes! I really, really, really hope to see you in July! Can you all make it? Of course the whole family is invited. I’m just trying to get the save-the-date invitations out, but have been out in the village and in the hospital! πŸ™‚ hopefully in the next day or so, you’ll get it. πŸ™‚ Love you heaps!!!
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  20. Hi Dr. Shana,

    Just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the great information! We are really enjoying it here! I’ll keep you posted as to when I will have my official first barbecue here. I’ve made a couple test runs with the neighbors and they were very happy! I am not wasting that front deck this summer, that’s for sure.

    Lastly, I saw there’s a lady on here with a 14 year old. If she has any questions, she can email me and I can direct her to my wife. We can try to help her! leogetzy@msn.com or getzysdetail@yahoo.com

    Thanks again,


  21. I would like to be notified when there is a CPR, First Aid, AED course being offered. I want to get my card for work purposes, in the future

    Danny W. Aukon Jr.

    • Hi Danny,
      I am not sure how to know when these classes are being offered. I think Tom Vaden was helping with them, but not sure who is doing them these days. You can call the EMS department and they might at least be able to give you info on who does?

      Good luck! We need first responders here–it makes a difference for saving lives! πŸ™‚

  22. Hello, are you still living and providing care in Nome? I will be moving out there this summer for my residency! I am more than a little intimidated to live in such an extreme location, but your pictures make it look amazing!

    • Hi, Andrea! Yes, I will still be here. πŸ™‚ What kind of residency are you doing? I know exactly what you mean–I felt the same way. But it doesn’t feel so extreme once you are living here. In fact, it feels like a sweet little place, a bit off the grid, right in the middle of life. πŸ™‚ It’s beautiful, unique, in the summer time there are infinite things to do, and the community is what makes Nome so great! I feel closer to more people here than I did living in Chicago or Denver or other big cities, where there are tons more people, but I felt more anonymous and less closely connected to neighbors and friends. And there is so much beauty! I believe there is beauty to be found everywhere, but it’s so easy to find it here. πŸ™‚ I am really looking forward to summer! Hope you enjoy it!!! πŸ™‚
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      • Hi Shana!!

        I will be completing a clinical psychology residency there at NSHC. Who knows, I might meet you at work! I will be arriving in a few short months and am very much looking forward to hiking, wildlife spotting, and other outdoor activities to take advantage of the beautiful scenery as well as the long hours of daylight! I have found there is little information online that makes me feel adequately prepared for the move, but thanks to your blog posts it’s not quite as intimidating as it was a few short weeks ago! I will come prepared with happy lamps and warm clothing. =) The community sounds amazing and I look forward to becoming involved as soon as I get a chance! Take care and enjoy. πŸ™‚

  23. Hi Dr. Shana. I’m DM from Indonesia.

    I’m glad I found your beautiful site.
    I’m a writer and doing research about Nome for my story. Your website has helped me tremendously. Thank you so much for all of the great information and amazing pictures. Keep sharing πŸ™‚

    • Hi DM, Thanks for the comment! Wow Indonesia is a little ways away? Close to my home stomping ground (PNG). πŸ˜› What are you doing a story on?! Thanks for the encouragement!

  24. Hi there, my husband and I are relocating to Nome for his job. He will be working for the AC Value store. We are excited and nervous for the move. We are from the east coast, southeastern PA and northern DE, so this is a huge move for us. Any tips, pointers, recommendations for us?

    • Hi! Congratulations!!! on your move! I am sorry I completely missed this. must’ve been around the holidays! πŸ˜‰ Did you make it into Nome? Either way, I hope you are doing well! πŸ™‚ Let me know if you have any more Qs. Cheers!

  25. Hi Shana! Great blog, especially the pics! I’ll be moving to Nome in June to start a predoc psychology residency at NSHC and am feeling a bit nervous about the logistics of getting set up from a far, e.g. finding housing, furniture, etc. Any tips or contacts? Thank you! So excited to start this adventure!

    • Hi Rachel,
      Congratulations on your residency! Nervousness is totally normal but don’t worry you will definitely find everything you need! You should check out nomeannounce–its the email bulletin board for finding anything. Kind of like the Nome version of Craigslist. You can sign up for it by emailing Nome-announce@nomekennelclub.com and you can post a “wanted” email or look for what’s already been posted. πŸ™‚ There are a few websites and visitor information and rentals online, such as: http://www.visitnomealaska.com/places-to-stay/

      Good luck and I’m sure I’ll see you around!!!

  26. Thank you from Gatineau, QuΓ©bec!
    You put sunshine in my heart with your words and images.
    Keep going make this world a better one!

  27. I stumbled upon your blog while researching Alaska and medicine. I’ll be starting PA school soon and am interested in rural primary care. I’m applying to NHSC right now and think I would like a few years in Alaska. Your pictures and positivity give Nome a great feel. Who knows, I may come your way in a few years.

    • Hey Micah! Thanks for the comment! Nome is such a great place to work and live!!! There heaps of cool, kind, caring, wonderful people here and it is an excellent place to learn lots of well…everything!!! We get to do emergency, primary care, oath, meds, OB, village medicine and it is just a great place to learn! Good luck and hope to see you up here. πŸ™‚
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    • Wow thanks Micah! You should definitely come check it out here! It’s such a great place to practice. Especially first our. But really wherever you are in your career! Good luck with PA school! Learn lots! πŸ™‚

  28. Hey there, love your blog! My husband and I just moved to Nome. Literally, on Monday. 😊 Any tips? How about Amazon advice?

  29. Hey there chica!! Hope all is well in nome land. I have a job question for you when you get a chance. I seem to only have your old Exempla email on file!

  30. Dear Shana,

    I hope you are well? Apologies for this message out of the blue. I’m working on a documentary television series for PBS () and would like to include a bit about Little Diomede. I read with interest about your visit there and your work at their medical centre and I was wondering if you might have 5 minutes spare for a quick chat about it? I loved your photos too – it looks absolutely stunning there! I’m based in London, England, but we have a US phone number if you wanted to give me a call: 1-888-487-2771 or here’s my email address and I can tell you a bit about the project: jess.hartley@blinkfilmsuk.com.

    The production company I work for are called Blink Films. I’ve pasted the website below.

    Many thanks in advance and I hope we might be able to touch base soon. Best wishes, Jess Hartley

  31. Hello, love your posts and the enthusiastic discussions on your site, glad I came across it!
    I am by no means moving to Nome, just a tourist from Canada for a few days vacation this summer. Chose Nome because the map shows it’s the nearest place I can fly, to (hopefully!) see a musk ox! Will have rental vehicle, binoculars, and camera for my search.
    The mighty musk ox has always been on my bucket list of sights to see in my lifetime. I just love the look of them, in pictures, more than any other wildlife, lol.
    My question then, have you seen any? πŸ™‚

    • Hi Shana, I’m Shirley Bostrom and I met you on the airplane from Seattle to Minneapolis the day before Easter and I told you about my daughter we recently died and her Alaskan friend Cheryl Oft. I will try to get Cheryl’s address to you. I hope you had a nice time with your family and I’m glad I was able to locate your blog.

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