Audrey Carlsen, KUCB - Unalaska
Residents of Adak, in the western Aleutians, are used to frequent earthquakes. But Friday morning’s magnitude 7.0 quake left residents a little more rattled than usual.
Ferry service to southwest Alaska has been up in the air all summer, as workers scramble to fix the M/V Tustumena. A substitute ferry is scheduled to pick up some of the slack later this fall, but it won’t be able to get a medical device to Unalaska that women have been expecting all year.
Tuesday was Linda Snow’s last day as city manager of St. Paul. Snow announced two months ago that she would be ending her 28-year career in Alaska to move closer to family in the Lower 48. She’s worked as a city manager throughout the state and has been in St. Paul for almost eight years. She plans to leave Alaska in early September.
Fishermen and scientists have known for years about the extremely strong ocean currents that rush past the Aleutian town of False Pass. A recent study shows it might be viable as a power source for the town, but there’s still plenty of work to be done.
Two years ago, historian Pennelope Goforth discovered six ledgers from the Alaska Commercial Company gathering dust in a friend’s basement. Now, she’s using the “Lost Ledgers” to bring a distant chapter of Aleutian history to life.
Over the past year, a Virginia-based company has been helping Unalaska get rid of millions of pounds of scrap metal. They’re finally nearing the finish line, and now, they’re looking to expand to nearby islands.
The United States’ only heavy icebreaker will soon be back in service after a four-year, $90 million renovation. The USCGC Polar Star is scheduled to leave Unalaska Friday to undergo several weeks of ice trials in the Arctic.