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Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska

Lauren Rosenthal is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.

American Seafoods Settles Over Scale Tampering

A Seattle-based seafood company accused of stealing groundfish from the Bering Sea has agreed to pay up.

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October 15, 2014
Governor’s Race Brings Walker To Unalaska

Governor’s Race Brings Walker To Unalaska

With less than a month until Election Day, the race to become Alaska’s next governor is heating up. Independent candidate Bill Walker and his Democrat running mate are canvassing the state for votes – all the way out to the Aleutians.

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October 9, 2014

Aleutian Towns Struggle to Retain Safety Officers

Two Aleutian communities are going without local law enforcement after their village public safety officers resigned.

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September 29, 2014

Shell Sketches Plans for Arctic Drilling in 2015

Shell Oil took its first step toward returning to the Arctic on Thursday morning. The company filed a new plan to explore the Chukchi Sea with federal regulators in Anchorage.

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August 29, 2014

Scientists Check Up On Nuc Site Rattled By Summer Quake

A team of scientists is descending on a former nuclear test site in the Aleutians on Monday to search for damage from a massive earthquake.

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August 25, 2014
New Book Casts Spotlight on Traditional Foods In Aleutians/Pribilofs

New Book Casts Spotlight on Traditional Foods In Aleutians/Pribilofs

From sweet Russian tea to fermented fur seal flipper, the traditional diet in the Aleutians and Pribilofs has always been pretty varied. Food has been a crucial part of the Unangan culture for centuries. But in the Aleutian and Pribilof islands, people are relying less on the land and sea and more on their local store. A new cookbook captures the legacy of subsistence foods in the region.

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August 25, 2014
F/V Auriga prepares for the start of B season. (Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska)

Alaska Seafood Industry Asks For Retaliatory Ban on Russian Imports

It’s been two weeks since Russia banned imports of American food products into its country. Now, Alaska’s seafood industry is asking the U.S. government to strike back.

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August 22, 2014
Russia’s Import Ban Hits Alaskan Seafood Industry

Russia’s Import Ban Hits Alaskan Seafood Industry

Alaska’s seafood industry is getting caught in the middle of a power struggle between Russia and western nations. Ever since Russia seized part of Ukraine this winter, sanctions against it have been stacking up. Now, Russia’s fighting back by banning food imports from the United States and a handful of other countries.

August 11, 2014

Westward Plant Workers Face Air Pollution Charges

The Westward Seafoods plant is tucked away on Captains Bay Road. But the factory — and two of its former employees — are drawing heat from federal regulators for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act.

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August 8, 2014
Conservationists Line Up For Izembek Lawsuit

Conservationists Line Up For Izembek Lawsuit

When the Interior Department axed a proposal last winter to build a gravel road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, conservation groups cheered.

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August 5, 2014
Pollock Fleet Sees Spike in Squid Bycatch

Pollock Fleet Sees Spike in Squid Bycatch

While salmon is still the main species that pollock fishermen are trying to avoid taking as bycatch this summer, there’s another creature that’s been causing problems in the Bering Sea.

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August 1, 2014

ASRC Gets Option To Buy Into Offshore Chukchi Drilling Operations

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and a handful of North Slope village corporations now have the option to buy into offshore drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea. It’s part of a new agreement with Shell Oil. But with the future of that company’s Arctic operations up in the air, the deal raises more questions than answers.

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July 31, 2014
Researchers collect water samples in the Chukchi Sea. (Courtesy of Amanda Kowalski/ArcticSpring.org)

Arctic Climate Researchers Zoom in on Plankton

They’re not recognizable like polar bears or whales. But phytoplankton are a key part of life in the Arctic – and now, they’re at the center of a new research effort to predict how the region will respond to climate change.

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July 16, 2014
The campsite at Korovin Beach on Atka. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)

Atka Camp Serves Up Subsistence Lessons

A pop-up subsistence school has opened in a remote corner of the Aleutians. Atka’s second-annual culture camp is meant to keep Unangan traditions going strong.

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July 4, 2014
State Seeks to Join Izembek Lawsuit

State Seeks to Join Izembek Lawsuit

The State of Alaska has tried to back up the village of King Cove on their quest to build a road through protected wilderness. Now, the state’s prepared to follow them into court.

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July 1, 2014

Human Remains Discovered On Adak

State troopers believe that a set of human remains found on Adak this month are those of a long-lost camper.

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June 30, 2014
Public Comment Begins For Sea Lion Protections

Public Comment Begins For Sea Lion Protections

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is opening public comment on a plan to relax Steller sea lion protections and allow more commercial fishing in the western Aleutian Islands.

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June 30, 2014
F/V Auriga prepares for the start of B season. (Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska)

As Pollock Season Begins, Bycatch Debate Looms

As the Bering Sea’s largest fishery opened on Tuesday, pollock fishermen were looking forward to a strong B season. They were also wading through a tide of criticism from rural users, who believe the industry’s catching too much salmon.

June 11, 2014
Photo by Jennifer Shockley.

Shipwrecks Take Long Path To Cleanup

An abandoned crab vessel will finally be pulled off the beach in Unalaska, more than seven months after it ran aground. But, the Arctic Hunter isn’t the only wreck that’s been waiting on a cleanup.

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June 5, 2014
King Cove Road Advocates Sue Federal Officials

King Cove Road Advocates Sue Federal Officials

Tribes, local governments, and residents from the King Cove region are suing federal officials for denying them the right to build a road through a wildlife refuge.

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June 4, 2014