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Annie Ropeik, KUCB - Unalaska

Annie Ropeik is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.

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
The southeast flank and summit of Mt. Carlisle volcano. (Courtesy Kirsten Nicolaysen, Whitman College)

Researchers Seek Glimpse Into Lives Of Earliest Unangan Population

The Islands of the Four Mountains are at the center of the Aleutians — geographically, and in folklore passed down from prehistoric times. But we don’t know much about the people who lived there. An upcoming expedition to the site may change that. KUCB’s Annie Ropeik caught up with the researchers in Unalaska as they prepared for their trip — and for what it could reveal about the earliest Unangan people.

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April 7, 2014
The new helicopter takes off from Akutan, bound for the airport on Akun Island. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)

Aleutians East Scrambles For Cheaper Link To Akutan Airport

Yesterday, we reported that Akutan residents are pleased with their new airport taxi — a helicopter that came online in February. The Aleutians East Borough is already running out of money to pay for it. Today, in the second part of our series on the struggle to connect Akutan to its airport, the borough settles on a permanent solution. It’s one they rejected a decade ago.

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April 3, 2014
Pilot Todd Engle rolls a barrel of fuel over to the helicopter on his first day flying in Akutan. (Photo by Annie Ropeik/KUCB)

Helicopter Improves Access To Akutan Airport, For Now

For the past year and a half, people on Akutan have been taking a hovercraft to get to their airport on a different island. Now, the Aleutians East Borough has made the switch to a helicopter as their new airport taxi. The change has been a relief for residents.

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April 2, 2014
AVO Puts Shishaldin Volcano On Higher Alert

AVO Puts Shishaldin Volcano On Higher Alert

After a week of unrest, Shishaldin Volcano in the Aleutians is being put on a higher alert level. The Alaska Volcano Observatory reported Friday that there have been explosions inside the volcano and elevated surface temperatures since March 18.

March 28, 2014

Unalaska Coast Guard Petty Officer Passes Away

A member of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Unalaska has passed away in Anchorage.

March 18, 2014
Coast Guard Calls Off Search For Missing Bering Sea Fisherman

Coast Guard Calls Off Search For Missing Bering Sea Fisherman

The Coast Guard has called off its search for a fisherman who fell overboard from his vessel in the Bering Sea on Wednesday.

March 13, 2014
Rescuers Search for Man Overboard Near Unimak Island

Rescuers Search for Man Overboard Near Unimak Island

The Coast Guard is still searching for a mariner who fell overboard from a fishing vessel near Unimak Island Wednesday morning.

March 13, 2014

Pacific Area Commander Tapped As Next Coast Guard Commandant

The White House has nominated the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area commander to be its next commandant. Vice Admiral Paul Zukunft was nominated Friday to replace outgoing Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp.

February 28, 2014
Strong Deep-Sea Quake Rattles Unalaska

Strong Deep-Sea Quake Rattles Unalaska

If there’s an earthquake in the ocean and no one’s there to feel it, did it really happen? On Wednesday in the Aleutian Islands, the answer was yes.

February 28, 2014
Geese in Petroleum Reserve Find New Habitat Amid Melting Sea Ice

Geese in Petroleum Reserve Find New Habitat Amid Melting Sea Ice

The U.S. Geological Survey says melting Beaufort sea ice is creating new habitat for geese on the North Slope. That could have implications for conservation inside the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

February 20, 2014
New Geese Habitat Emerging on North Slope

New Geese Habitat Emerging on North Slope

The US Geological Survey says melting Beaufort sea ice is creating new habitat for geese on the North Slope and that new habitat could have implications for conservation inside the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

February 17, 2014
Shishaldin Volcano Emits Ash Cloud; Scientists Keeping Watch

Shishaldin Volcano Emits Ash Cloud; Scientists Keeping Watch

Scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory are going to be keeping a close eye on Shishaldin Volcano over the weekend. The volcano emitted a small ash cloud that was identified early Friday morning. AVO geologist Chris Waythomas said the cloud drifted south of the volcano and dissipated.

February 7, 2014
Kei Kawada, center, looks on as his friends play a game in Unalaska's Magic: the Gathering tournament. Photo by Annie Ropeik, KUCB - Unalaska.

AK: Magic

For more than 20 years, people all over the world have been playing the strategic fantasy card game Magic: the Gathering. But the game has only recently found its way to Unalaska, where the island’s teenage boys have been going through a serious Magic phase for the past few months.

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January 31, 2014
Shishaldin Volcano’s Alert Status Upgraded After Unusual Activity

Shishaldin Volcano’s Alert Status Upgraded After Unusual Activity

The Alaska Volcano Observatory upgraded the alert level at Shishaldin Volcano in the Aleutian Islands on Thursday after observing some unrest at the summit.

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January 30, 2014
The central cone in Akutan Caldera. Photo courtesy Cyrus Read, USGS.

Akutan Volcano’s Geothermal Power Potential Increases

A new study says Akutan Volcano could be an even more promising source of geothermal energy than previously thought.

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January 13, 2014
Dan Magone on the deck of the Arctic Hunter, with debris visible on the beach. Photo by Annie Ropeik, KUCB - Unalaska.

AK: Shipwreck

The grounded crab boat Arctic Hunter has been stuck on the rocks outside Unalaska for more than two months now. Dan Magone of Resolve-Magone Marine Services has been working on a plan to remove the wreck. Right now, the Hunter is at the mercy of the elements. So what happens to a shipwreck while it’s waiting to be saved?

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January 10, 2014

Researchers Say Ocean Acidification Could Make Fish Anxious, Impact Fisheries

Scientists have been saying for years that more carbon dioxide in the oceans is hurting sea life. But a new study says the impact goes beyond the physical. It says ocean acidification is changing behavior in fish. That could be a problem throughout the ecosystem – including for fisheries in Alaska.

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January 8, 2014

Polar Star Called Off After Ice-Bound Ships Get Free

The Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star is standing down from a rescue mission in Antarctica on Tuesday after the vessels it was going to assist broke free on their own.

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January 7, 2014