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Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska

Lauren Rosenthal is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.

Horizon Lines has operated from the Unalaska Marine Center for more than 20 years. (Annie Ngo/KUCB)

Horizon Lines to Sell Alaska Operations

After years of financial trouble, Horizon Lines has announced plans to sell off its routes in Alaska and Hawaii.

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November 13, 2014
Worst of Bering Sea Storm Over for Aleutian Island Residents

Worst of Bering Sea Storm Over for Aleutian Island Residents

A potent low-pressure system is quickly losing power over the Bering Sea.

From the western Aleutian Islands to the Pribilofs, National Weather Service meteorologist Shaun Baines says “everybody has seen the worst of it.”

November 8, 2014

Bering Sea Storm Expected To Lose Power Quickly

After a week of warnings, a heavy-duty storm washed into the Bering Sea early this morning. Hurricane-force winds smacked the far western Aleutian Islands. And while the storm has disturbed life at sea, it’s expected to start losing power fast.

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November 7, 2014
Bering Sea Communities Brace For High-Powered Storm

Bering Sea Communities Brace For High-Powered Storm

The Aleutian and Pribilof Islands are no stranger to strong winds and rough seas. And that’s exactly what they can expect Friday night, when a high-powered storm hits the Bering Sea. Communities are gearing up to face the historic front.

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November 6, 2014
Faced With Min. Wage Hike, Seafood Plants See Room to Cut

Faced With Min. Wage Hike, Seafood Plants See Room to Cut

Alaska’s minimum wage initiative flew mostly under the radar this fall, overshadowed by high-profile Congressional races. But ballot measure three proposes a big change to state’s minimum wage structure — increasing it by two dollars over the next two years, to $9.75 an hour. After that, it would be adjusted for inflation. In Unalaska, at least 83 percent of voters supported that plan. The seafood industry — which is the biggest source of minimum wage jobs in Unalaska — didn’t expect anything less.

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November 5, 2014
Massive Typhoon Bears Down on Aleutian Islands

Massive Typhoon Bears Down on Aleutian Islands

An Alaska-sized storm could bring high winds and destructive waves to the Aleutian and Pribilof islands this weekend.

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November 5, 2014

Unalaska Youth Take Part In National Community Planning Month

Laying out neighborhoods isn’t the world’s most glamorous job. But every October, urban planners make an extra effort to get people interested in that work for National Community Planning Month.

In Unalaska, that meant helping some of the town’s youngest residents design a world all their own.

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October 31, 2014

Unalaska Holds On As America’s Top Fishing Port

The port of Dutch Harbor will hang onto its title as the nation’s busiest fishing port for another year.

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October 29, 2014

Shell Oil Asks Regulators For More Time On Beaufort, Chukchi Leases

Shell Oil has spent the better part of a decade – and more than $6 billion – trying to explore prospects in the Alaskan Arctic, but they have little to show for it. Now that the clock is ticking down on their oil leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi Sea, Shell is asking regulators for more time.

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October 27, 2014
Lego To Break Off Branding Agreement With Shell Oil

Lego To Break Off Branding Agreement With Shell Oil

Shell Oil might be known for selling fuel, but their logo isn’t limited to gas stations. They’ve also appeared on Lego toy sets for the last 50 years under a unique marketing agreement. But that’s breaking down under pressure from environmentalists.

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October 27, 2014
False Pass Forges Ahead With Tidal Power

False Pass Forges Ahead With Tidal Power

The 40-odd residents of False Pass have waited years to find out if their turbulent seas could ever be used as a source of energy. And they may finally have an answer — and a path to renewable power.

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October 21, 2014

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