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Annie Ropeik, KUCB - Unalaska

Annie Ropeik is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.

Refuge Proposes Shooting Caribou that Swim Off Adak

Refuge Proposes Shooting Caribou that Swim Off Adak

Adak Island is home to something you won’t find much of elsewhere in the Aleutians: a herd of caribou, introduced in the 1950s as a hunting option for the naval base. The base has since closed, but the caribou are still there — and lately, some have been striking out for new pastures. It’s got wildlife refuge managers looking to keep a herd from forming where hunters can’t follow.

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October 30, 2014
A Coast Guard aircraft conducted a flyover of the drifting barge this past weekend. (Courtesy: USCG Air Station Kodiak)

Drifting Barge Heading for Arctic Sea Ice

A small fuel barge is drifting toward Arctic sea ice, north of Prudhoe Bay – and the Coast Guard says it’ll probably be stuck there until next summer.

October 27, 2014

Fuel Barge Still Adrift In Beaufort Sea

An unmanned fuel barge adrift in the Beaufort Sea hasn’t run aground yet. A Coast Guard aircraft from Air Station Kodiak got a visual on the small Canadian barge Friday.

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October 24, 2014

Small Fuel Barge Adrift In Beaufort Sea

A small, unmanned fuel barge is adrift in the Beaufort Sea and may be heading toward Prudhoe Bay after its tow line snapped in a storm on Monday.

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October 23, 2014
Tuesday's meeting on the city's Ebola preparedness drew a standing room-only crowd to City Hall. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)

Unalaska Clinic Shares Ebola Response Plans

Concerns about Ebola are running high in Unalaska. The town’s unique geography and large international workforce have residents wondering how they’d be affected by an outbreak. Local medical providers are trying to calm those fears.

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October 23, 2014
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