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Annie Ropeik, KUCB - Unalaska

Annie Ropeik is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.

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
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
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

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

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

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
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
Sarah Outen sits in her kayak in Unalaska Bay on June 15, 2014. (Pipa Escalante/KUCB)

British Kayakers Arrive in Unalaska

A British kayak team that’s trekking along the Aleutian Islands reached Unalaska Sunday night. KUCB’s Annie Ropeik was part of a group that paddled out to greet them.

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June 16, 2014
Trial Set for Man Charged in Deadly Fight

Trial Set for Man Charged in Deadly Fight

A grand jury has indicted Anthony Pouesi on a manslaughter charge in the death of another person at the Harbor View Bar last month.

June 11, 2014

New Effort To Repeal SB21 Kicks Off Around State

A grassroots effort to repeal Senate Bill 21 kicked off last week. Meetings of the “Vote Yes! Repeal the Giveaway” campaign took place from Anchorage to Unalaska, where organizers are struggling to convince residents that oil taxes matters in their community.

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June 9, 2014
(Courtesy: Alaska Wildlife Troopers)

Unalaska’s Wildlife Troopers To Remain Short-Staffed

A recently vacated Wildlife Trooper post in Unalaska is staying empty for now. It means staffing levels will be unconventionally low in the town that’s home to the patrol vessel Stimson.

June 9, 2014
Pavlof Eruption Grounds Some PenAir, Grant Flights

Pavlof Eruption Grounds Some PenAir, Grant Flights

Local flights were grounded on the Alaska Peninsula on Wednesday, as Pavlof Volcano continued to erupt.

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June 4, 2014
Lava fountains out of Pavlof Volcano, as seen from Cold Bay
early June 3. (Photo courtesy Robert Stacy)

Pavlof Volcano Eruption Sends Ash Toward Cold Bay

Pavlof Volcano is erupting on the Alaska Peninsula, sending a haze of ash out above nearby towns. The volcano’s ash plume is up to 18,000 to 20,000 feet Tuesday. That’s put local airlines on alert.

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June 3, 2014
Teammates Alysha Richardson, Andy Nguyen and JR Carpentero wrote in the sand at Unalaska's Summer's Bay for a scavenger hunt challenge. (Courtesy: Christian Escalante)

AK: Scavenger Hunt

Small towns like Unalaska can be pretty close-knit. Grown-ups take care of kids who aren’t their own, and teenagers have adults to turn to when they need them.

One local high schooler wanted to make those relationships stronger. So she planned something special: She put students and adults into teams, and sent them on a town-wide scavenger hunt.

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May 23, 2014
F/V Arctic Hunter Removal Plan Nearly Done

F/V Arctic Hunter Removal Plan Nearly Done

It’s been more than six months since the F/V Arctic Hunter went aground outside Unalaska. Now, the boat’s insurance company is almost ready to drag it off the rocks.

May 16, 2014
Unalaska Tallies Cost of Blasting Issues at Wastewater Plant, Landfill

Unalaska Tallies Cost of Blasting Issues at Wastewater Plant, Landfill

It’s been a year since Unalaska started uncovering big problems with a major construction project in town. Work is moving forward on the city’s new wastewater treatment plant. But, staff are still trying to put a price on the damage done.

May 13, 2014

Sand Point Sees Progress In War On Drugs

A man allegedly carrying black tar heroin was arrested as he stepped off a plane in Sand Point last month. It’s the most recent development in the town’s fight against hard drugs.

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May 8, 2014
Carl Moses at the dedication of Unalaska's small boat harbor,
named for him about two years ago. (Photo courtesy of the City of Unalaska)

Carl Moses Remembered for ‘Full Career’ of Public Service

Flags are at half-staff today as Alaska says goodbye to its longest-serving state representative. Carl Moses died in Sand Point on Wednesday after a long illness. He was 84. He leaves a legacy of service in Southwest Alaska and across the state.

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May 2, 2014