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Annie Ropeik, KUCB - Unalaska

Annie Ropeik is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.

The Sea Trader (left), seen from the deck of the tug James Dunlap, waits to be tied on to Unalaska's emergency mooring buoy. At center, the city's harbor patrol boat stands by to assist. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)

Towing Drill Tests Emergency Mooring Buoy

After seven years, Unalaska’s emergency system for towing stranded vessels away from shore is finally complete. A new dedicated buoy for disabled ships got its first full-scale test during an annual drill last week.

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September 16, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Testimony Begins In Unalaska Murder Trial

Testimony began Wednesday in Unalaska in the trial of two men accused of beating a coworker to death outside a bunkhouse in 2012.

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September 11, 2014 - 5:28 pm
Unalaska Could Face Fines For Wastewater Plant Delays

Unalaska Could Face Fines For Wastewater Plant Delays

The city of Unalaska is falling behind on construction of a new wastewater treatment plant – and they could face up to $200,000 in federal fines as a result.

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September 9, 2014 - 5:25 pm
The Selendang Ayu broke apart a decade ago just off Unalaska Island. (Courtesy: USCG)

Aleutian Risk Assessment Unveils Spill Prevention Plan

For years, shipping safety advocates have called for better protections against oil spills in the Aleutian chain. Now, the plan for a new response system is finally finished. The Aleutian Islands Risk Assessment’s draft report recommends some familiar solutions in new places – all at a cost of almost $14 million a year.

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September 8, 2014 - 4:02 pm
Unalaska Could Face Fines For Wastewater Plant Delays

Unalaska Could Face Fines For Wastewater Plant Delays

The city of Unalaska is falling behind on construction of a new wastewater treatment plant — and they could face up to $200,000 in federal fines as a result.

September 8, 2014 - 10:29 am
Emergency Housing Ministry Looks to Grow In Unalaska

Emergency Housing Ministry Looks to Grow In Unalaska

Unalaska attracts thousands of transient workers every year, lured by the promise of a steady paycheck. But marine industry jobs can fall through — leaving people stuck with no shelter and no money to fly home.

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August 25, 2014 - 5:38 pm
A pair of crested auklets nests on Buldir Island in 2012.  (Photo courtesy Ian Jones)

New Geotags to Shed Light on Auklet Migrations

Every summer, thousands of tiny auklets flock to the Aleutian Islands to nest. But scientists don’t know where the seabirds go in the winter.

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August 8, 2014 - 4:41 pm
Begich Calls For Park Service To Honor Aleut Internment

Begich Calls For Park Service To Honor Aleut Internment

Sen. Mark Begich wants the National Park Service to include sites where Alaska Native peoples were forcibly relocated during World War II.

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August 5, 2014 - 5:35 pm
The Islands of the Four Mountains as seen from the International Space Station in 2013. Cleveland Volcano is at center. (Courtesy: NASA)

Research Team Sets Out For Islands of Four Mountains

A group of researchers set out from Unalaska this week to a remote part of the central Aleutians: the Islands of the Four Mountains. The 16 scientists are beginning a three-year mission in territory that’s unpredictable – and largely unexplored.

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July 29, 2014 - 5:22 pm
Healy Frees Sailboat Trapped in Arctic Ice

Healy Frees Sailboat Trapped in Arctic Ice

The Coast Guard cutter Healy made a detour from its science mission in the Arctic last Saturday to rescue a sailboat trapped in ice near Barrow.

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July 15, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Fisherman Dies After Falling Overboard Near King Cove

A crew member aboard a commercial fishing vessel died after being swept overboard near King Cove last weekend.

July 9, 2014 - 9:21 am
Historic Quake Disrupts Life, Habitat In Aleutians

Historic Quake Disrupts Life, Habitat In Aleutians

At a magnitude 7.9, last week’s deep-sea earthquake was the most powerful to hit the Western Aleutians in 50 years. The quake didn’t cause any structural damage — but it was a reminder that life in the islands can change in an instant.

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July 4, 2014 - 4:45 pm

B.C. Pipeline Plans Could Mean More Bering Sea Traffic

Last month, the Canadian government gave conditional approval to the Northern Gateway pipeline in British Columbia. If it’s built, it’ll bring hundreds more oil tankers through the Bering Sea. That’s putting pressure on the Aleutian Islands to get ready for an increase in vessel traffic.

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July 3, 2014 - 5:28 pm
Eaglet Rescued in the Aleutians, Recuperating in Anchorage

Eaglet Rescued in the Aleutians, Recuperating in Anchorage

A lost baby eagle from Unalaska is making a new start in Anchorage, where it’s slated to get a second chance at life in the wild. Bald eagles are everywhere in Unalaska – but it’s not often you see a fuzzy little eaglet sitting on the side of the road. That’s exactly what happened on Sunday, when a police officer found an eaglet on Captains Bay Road. It’s in an industrial part of town, and the eaglet was in the way of passing cars.

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June 26, 2014 - 5:23 pm
Pavlof Volcano Downgraded To Lowest Alert Level

Pavlof Volcano Downgraded To Lowest Alert Level

Pavlof Volcano’s latest eruption appears to be subsiding. The Alaska Volcano Observatory has downgraded Pavlof to the lowest alert level.

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June 25, 2014 - 4:48 pm
Lobbying Efforts Galvanize Unalaska Hospital Project

Lobbying Efforts Galvanize Unalaska Hospital Project

Tribal and federal officials say the plan to build a regional hospital for the Southwest in Unalaska is closer than ever to reality.

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June 24, 2014 - 4:48 pm

8.0M Quake Puts Aleutians on Tsunami Watch

The tsunami advisory in Unalaska has ended, after a powerful underwater earthquake in the Western Aleutians triggered tsunami alerts for parts of the Aleutian Islands Monday afternoon.

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June 23, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Tsunami Warning In Effect From Attu to Nikolski

A tsunami advisory is in effect for Unalaska. The advisory stretches from Unimak Pass to Nikolski. Public Safety says people do not need to evacuate to high ground at this time. They say residents should avoid shore areas, but don’t need to take any other action.

June 23, 2014 - 2:50 pm

Aleutian Marketplace Competition Aims to Spur Innovation

Two groups in the Aleutian Islands are looking for the region’s next great start-up business. The inaugural Aleutian Marketplace Competition opened last week, in search of innovative ideas from residents of the region’s 12 main communities.

June 19, 2014 - 9:55 am
Seismic Flare-Ups Leave Scientists Searching For Answers

Seismic Flare-Ups Leave Scientists Searching For Answers

In the past few months, Alaska’s seen a flurry of volcanic eruptions and sizable earthquakes. It’s disrupted life in the Aleutian Islands and the far western Brooks Range — and it’s got scientists wondering how all the activity might be connected.

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June 18, 2014 - 5:30 pm