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John Ryan, KUCB - Unalaska

Alaskan Greens: Obama’s Words, Actions Conflict On Climate Change

President Barack Obama’s visit to Alaska this week, aimed at highlighting his push to fight climate change, comes just two weeks after his administration approved drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean. Some Alaskan environmentalists see a disconnect between the president’s rhetoric and his actions on climate change.

August 31, 2015
Northern fur seal pups on St. Paul Island, Alaska. NOAA photo.

As fur seal numbers in the Aleutians decline, one population is curiously thriving

Northern fur seals have been declining for decades in their stronghold on St. Paul Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands, but their numbers are taking off on Bogoslof Island, a couple hundred miles to the south.

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August 20, 2015
Navy submarine pops up in Dutch Harbor unannounced

Navy submarine pops up in Dutch Harbor unannounced

A U.S. Navy submarine pulled into Unalaska Bay near the town landfill Friday morning. The sub made no contact with the Port of Dutch Harbor, according to Harbor Master John Days.

August 20, 2015
Shell Gets Final Approval To Drill Into Oil-Bearing Rock in the Chukchi

Shell Gets Final Approval To Drill Into Oil-Bearing Rock in the Chukchi

The Interior Department gave final approval to Shell Oil to drill into oil-bearing rocks at the company’s “Burger J” drilling site. The company has until late September to complete this summer’s exploratory drilling.

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August 17, 2015
Dead herring, poison mussels found on Unalaska shorelines

Dead herring, poison mussels found on Unalaska shorelines

Hundreds of dead herring washed up on Front Beach in downtown Unalaska on Tuesday.

August 17, 2015
Climate change, not Arctic drilling, drives Obama trip to Alaska

Climate change, not Arctic drilling, drives Obama trip to Alaska

President Barack Obama is coming to Alaska later this month. The White House released a video Thursday morning to explain why he will be the first sitting president to visit Alaska’s Arctic.

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August 14, 2015
Giant cruise ship to (briefly) almost double Unalaska’s population

Giant cruise ship to (briefly) almost double Unalaska’s population

Unalaska’s population could nearly double Sept. 15 when the Celebrity Millennium docks here. Community leaders are worried enough, they’re holding a town hall meeting on how to handle—and help—the onslaught of tourists.

August 13, 2015
Shell ready to drill for Arctic oil as delayed icebreaker arrives

Shell ready to drill for Arctic oil as delayed icebreaker arrives

Shell’s wayward icebreaker made it to the company’s Arctic Ocean drilling site Tuesday. The arrival of the Fennica after a month’s delay means the company could get to drill for oil beneath the Chukchi Sea this summer.

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August 12, 2015
A right whale in the southeastern Bering Sea in 2005. Photo: Brenda Rone/NOAA Fisheries.

Looking (And Listening) For Alaska’s Rarest Whale

Researchers are cruising the Gulf of Alaska on the lookout for one of the world’s rarest animals: the North Pacific right whale.

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August 12, 2015
A right whale in the southeastern Bering Sea in 2005. Photo: Brenda Rone/NOAA Fisheries.

Looking (And Listening) For Alaska’s Rarest Whale

Researchers are cruising the Gulf of Alaska on the lookout for one of the world’s rarest animals: the North Pacific right whale.

August 11, 2015
The Fennica heads north. Photo: John Ryan/KUCB.

Two Icebreakers, One Port, Two Very Different Missions

As Shell’s Fennica icebreaker embarks for the Arctic, another icebreaker is likewise readying for a northern trip. The Coast Guard’s Healy vessel is headed to the North Pole with a crew of scientists on board.

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August 7, 2015
Helicopter crew, pregnant pilot deliver Aleutian Islands fishermen to safety

Helicopter crew, pregnant pilot deliver Aleutian Islands fishermen to safety

Two fishermen were rescued from their boat grounded off Unalga Island in the eastern Aleutians on Tuesday. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak hoisted the men to safety about 1 pm. The two were flown to Dutch Harbor and did not require medical attention.

August 6, 2015
Shell’s Arctic Icebreaker Returns to Unalaska

Shell’s Arctic Icebreaker Returns to Unalaska

Shell’s Fennica icebreaker has returned to Alaska. It docked at Dutch Harbor on Tuesday evening after enduring repairs and protests in Portland, Oregon.

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August 5, 2015
Stimson Patrol Vessel Leaves Dutch Harbor for Kodiak After 17 Years

Stimson Patrol Vessel Leaves Dutch Harbor for Kodiak After 17 Years

The Patrol Vessel Stimson sailed out of Dutch Harbor Monday morning, marking the end of an era for Unalaska and for the Stimson. After 17 years based in Dutch Harbor, it’s heading to Kodiak, where the state of Alaska’s biggest patrol vessel will be based.

August 4, 2015
Strange Orange Robots Sail Into Dutch Harbor… Just What Are They Up To?

Strange Orange Robots Sail Into Dutch Harbor… Just What Are They Up To?

Aquatic robots have been spotted in the Aleutian Islands. Two ocean-going drones were seen sailing into Dutch Harbor Monday night with no one on board. Just what are these orange robots doing out there–and should we be alarmed?

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July 31, 2015
Shell Begins Exploratory Drilling in the Chukchi Sea

Shell Begins Exploratory Drilling in the Chukchi Sea

Arctic drilling is under way. Shell Oil confirmed Thursday night that its Polar Pioneer rig sent a drill bit spinning into the floor of the Chukchi Sea about 5 p.m. Alaska time.

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July 31, 2015
Shell’s Fennica Sets Sail for Alaska

Shell’s Fennica Sets Sail for Alaska

Police disbanded the protest late this afternoon, and the Fennica set sail for Alaska. But not before a federal judge found Greenpeace in contempt for blocking the path of an Arctic-bound drilling vessel.

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July 30, 2015
Dead Fish, Wildlife In Aleutians May Be Victims Of Toxic Algae Outbreak

Dead Fish, Wildlife In Aleutians May Be Victims Of Toxic Algae Outbreak

Scientists have been receiving reports of dead and dying whales, birds and small fish in the Aleutian Islands. They think it might be from toxic algae proliferating, thanks to unusually warm ocean temperatures.

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July 27, 2015
Ex-Senator, Troubled Airline Promise Unalaskans Improved Service

Ex-Senator, Troubled Airline Promise Unalaskans Improved Service

Unalaska got a visit from a former senator on Wednesday. Former U.S. Senator Mark Begich came to town to do some public relations work for Grant Aviation.

July 27, 2015
Interior Dept. OKs Arctic Drilling—With Limits

Interior Dept. OKs Arctic Drilling—With Limits

The Obama administration approved Shell’s Oil’s plan for drilling in the Arctic Ocean on Wednesday. But for now, Shell is restricted on how deep it can drill.

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July 22, 2015