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Annie Ropeik, KUCB - Unalaska

Annie Ropeik is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.

Facing Budget Cuts, Aleutians East to Close Cold Bay School

Facing Budget Cuts, Aleutians East to Close Cold Bay School

The Aleutians East Borough is closing its second school in three years. The school board voted this week to shut down the Cold Bay School, with state budget cuts looming and enrollment on the decline. Locals are worried the closure could put the tiny community in jeopardy.

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April 14, 2015
AVO Puts Volcano Near Adak Back on Watch

AVO Puts Volcano Near Adak Back on Watch

A volcanic island in the Western Aleutians is stirring again, after several months of quiet. Semisopochnoi was put on an advisory alert level on Wednesday morning. It’s the first alert at the volcano since a seismic flare-up last June, which was its first activity in almost 30 years.

March 26, 2015
Bairdi quota could increase again as busy season winds down

Bairdi quota could increase again as busy season winds down

Bering Sea crab fishermen are trying to get through as much Bairdi tanner quota as they can before the season ends next week. This year’s huge allocation put the fleet in a time crunch — and future seasons could bring more of the same, thanks in part to a new preferred size for the species.

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March 24, 2015
Arctic Ice Melt Sees Early Start

Arctic Ice Melt Sees Early Start

The Arctic’s summer ice melt has begun — earlier than ever. The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported Friday that Arctic sea ice reached its maximum extent on Feb. 25.

March 23, 2015
Radio Stations Weigh Rural Impact of Proposed Public Media Cut

Radio Stations Weigh Rural Impact of Proposed Public Media Cut

Public radio and TV in Alaska could lose $2.5 million next year if a proposed state budget cut goes through. It would be a small reduction compared to the overall deficit legislators need to close — but it would eliminate more than half of the fundingpublic media gets from the state.

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March 6, 2015
(Courtesy: Alaska Wildlife Troopers)

P/V Stimson Likely to Move From Unalaska to Kodiak

The state is once again looking to move the Wildlife Trooper patrol vessel Stimson from Unalaska to Kodiak. And this year, the change seems poised to go through.

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March 4, 2015
Shell Will Limit Rigs to One Moorage, Say Port Officials

Shell Will Limit Rigs to One Moorage, Say Port Officials

Local officials say Shell Oil has agreed to keep their drill rigs tied up in just one location each in Unalaska, as the company looks to return to the Arctic this summer.

March 2, 2015
Cargo Ship Released, Crew to Stay Behind as Pollution Case Continues

Cargo Ship Released, Crew to Stay Behind as Pollution Case Continues

A cargo ship under investigation in a possible oil pollution case will be able to leave Unalaska, after its owner posted bond on Thursday.

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February 27, 2015
The barge was already partially ice-bound on Oct. 31, 2014, as seen from a Coast Guard aircraft in Alaska's Arctic. (Courtesy: Cmdr. Shawn Decker/USCG)

Arctic Barge Nears Russia After Months In Ice

An unmanned fuel barge that got stuck in Arctic sea ice last fall has now made it almost as far as the northern coast of Russia. It sounds like the makings of a children’s book: the long, unexpected journey of a little barge called the NTAL-2.

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February 26, 2015
(Credit: smp/marinetraffic.com)

Cargo Ship Detained In Unalaska For Environmental Investigation

The Lindavia arrived in port from China a couple of weeks ago. Kevin Feldis, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, says the 600-foot ship was loading up with seafood to take back to Asia. But was detained before it could leave port.

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February 25, 2015
Pyramid Peak in snow last winter, seen from the Unalaska Valley side of the trail. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)

Unalaska Police: Missing Hiker’s Body Found In Pyramid Valley

Unalaska police have confirmed that a person found dead in Pyramid Valley on Monday is 33-year-old Jessica Acker. She went missing while on a hike in the area on Sunday.

February 10, 2015
Shishaldin lets off steam on day one of its eruption in January 2014, and again in early December. (Credit: Janet Schaefer/Levi Musselwhite, AVO)

Shishaldin Volcano’s Eruption Hits One-Year Mark

If you’ve taken a PenAir flight between Unalaska and Anchorage in the past year, you’ve been traveling over an erupting volcano.

January 29, 2015
Murky water in Unalaska Lake is evidence of a runoff problem that may be harming salmon. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)

Unalaska Locals Hope Proposed Watershed Fixes Are First of Many

Unalaska Lake and the Iliuliuk River run through the heart of Unalaska. The watershed used to be habitat for thousands of salmon. But after decades of development and little consideration for containing runoff, that fish population seems to be on the decline.

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January 27, 2015
(Credit: Austin Roof/KSDP)

Two Indicted After Break-In at Sand Point Post Office

Two Sand Point men are facing federal charges after allegedly breaking into the town’s post office in late December. Sheldon Shuravloff, 21, and Keith Lee Wilson, Jr., 18, were indicted Thursday on charges of burglary with intent to commit larceny, and conspiracy to commit burglary.

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January 26, 2015
Researcher Abhijit Ghosh with one of his seismometers last summer. (Courtesy: University of California Riverside)

Experiment Looks for Slow Earthquakes Under Unalaska

Earthquakes are an almost hourly occurrence in the Aleutian Islands. But most are too tiny to feel, and even the bigger ones are usually over in seconds. Just last week, a 4.7M quake went all but unnoticed in Unalaska.

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January 22, 2015
Members of Unalaska's Holy Ascension Cathedral congregation spin traditional stars for Russian Christmas, or Slaaviq, which took place last week.  (Photo by Annie Ropeik, KUCB - Unalaska)

AK: Starring

Last week’s Russian Christmas in Unalaska looked a little different than elsewhere in the state. Over the years, the town has evolved from a Native village into an industrial hub. Now, it has miles of roads and thousands of residents from countless different faiths.

So the little congregation of the oldest Russian Orthodox Church on the continent has had to evolve, too. KUCB’s Annie Ropeik has more on how their Slaaviq has become a community celebration.

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January 16, 2015
The Selendang Ayu split in two halves off Unalaska's coastline in early December 2004. (Credit: Lauren Adams/KUCB)

10 Years On, Selendang Ayu Spill’s Legacy Still Evolving

This week marks 10 years since the bulk carrier Selendang Ayu ran aground off Unalaska Island. The ship lost power and broke in half against the shore, spilling oil and its soybean cargo, and leaving six crew members dead.

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December 12, 2014
Alexandria House Project Hits Permitting Snags

Alexandria House Project Hits Permitting Snags

Plans to turn an old bar into a way to raise money for emergency housing in Unalaska are slowing down. That’s after the city discovered that the nonprofit Alexandria House had worked on the project all year without a building permit.

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December 4, 2014
Search Goes On for Missing Crew of Sunk Pollock Boat

Search Goes On for Missing Crew of Sunk Pollock Boat

Rescuers have recovered the bodies of 11 more crew members from a South Korean pollock boat that sank in the Bering Sea on Monday.

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December 3, 2014
The Oryong 501. (via Korea Times)

South Korean Trawler Sinks in Russian Far East

At least one person has died and dozens more are missing after a South Korean trawler sank in the western Bering Sea early Monday morning.

December 2, 2014