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Annie Ropeik, KUCB - Unalaska

Annie Ropeik is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.

Captain Moore Dye of the F/V Western Mariner gears up for crab season this week in Dutch Harbor. (Annie Ngo/KUCB)

Bering Sea Crab Fleet Hopes For Big Haul As Season Begins

Wednesday marked the opening of the Bering Sea crab season. Quotas are up almost across the board. But one species that usually takes a backseat is outshining the rest – and that’s got some fishermen changing their game plans.

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October 15, 2014
Study facilitator Chris Beck looks over audience members' votes on what kind of seasonality changes they're seeing in Unalaska. (Photo by Annie Ropeik/KUCB)

Unalaska Residents Weigh In on Aleutian Climate Trends

Scientists know that the climate in the Aleutian Islands is changing. But they’re making observations from a distance — while on the ground, the story is sometimes very different.

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October 3, 2014

Federal Grants Boost Services at Aleutian-Pribilof Clinics

Community health centers in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands will get at least $600,000 in federal grant money for new services this year. The grants are aimed in part at helping new patients who enrolled in health plans under the Affordable Care Act. But there aren’t many of those in the Aleutian Islands. Instead, providers will use the money for the patients they already have.

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October 1, 2014
Federal Grants Boost Services at Aleutian-Pribilof Clinics

Federal Grants Boost Services at Aleutian-Pribilof Clinics

Community health centers in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands will get at least $600,000 in federal grant money for new services this year. The grants are aimed in part at helping new patients who enrolled in health plans under the Affordable Care Act.

September 29, 2014

Jurors Reach Mixed Verdict in Unalaska Homicide Trial

Jurors have delivered a verdict on the most serious charges against two men who were accused of murdering a co-worker at an Unalaska fish plant.

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September 23, 2014
Parnell signs the resolution alongisde King Cove Mayor Henry Mack. (Courtesy: State of Alaska)

Governor Parnell Inks Support for King Cove Road

Gov. Sean Parnell was in King Cove Friday to sign a resolution urging the federal government to allow an access road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

September 22, 2014
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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

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
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