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Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska

Lauren Rosenthal is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.

As Budgets Shrink, State Eyes Cuts to Film Incentives

As Budgets Shrink, State Eyes Cuts to Film Incentives

For the last seven years, Alaska’s offered financial incentives to draw filmmakers and TV crews to the state. But as lawmakers scramble to fill a widening gap in the budget, Alaska’s film tax credit program is on the chopping block.

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February 23, 2015
Port Officials Call For “Tweaks” to Shell Moorage Plan

Port Officials Call For “Tweaks” to Shell Moorage Plan

As Shell tries to chart a course back to the Arctic this summer, the company is looking for new space to store its drill rigs in Unalaska.

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February 18, 2015
BOEM Assessment Suggests Shell’s Chukchi Leases Remain Intact

BOEM Assessment Suggests Shell’s Chukchi Leases Remain Intact

Federal regulators are recommending that Shell’s disputed oil leases in the Chukchi Sea be left intact. That’s the conclusion of a new assessment of Lease Sale 193 – the 2008 auction where Shell picked more than $2 billion worth of Arctic drilling prospects.

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February 12, 2015
Alaska Delegation Seeks New Limits On National Monuments

Alaska Delegation Seeks New Limits On National Monuments

For over a hundred years, presidents have used the Antiquities Act to order permanent protections for federal land and resources at sea. Now, Alaska’s congressional delegation is looking to curb that authority.

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February 12, 2015
North Pacific Halibut Bycatch Limit Could See 50 Percent Cut

North Pacific Halibut Bycatch Limit Could See 50 Percent Cut

Halibut harvests have been on the decline in the Bering Sea for years, but the amount that trawlers and catcher-processors are allowed to take has stayed the same. Now, federal regulators have agreed to consider stiffer limits on halibut bycatch.

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February 9, 2015
A swarm of earthquakes have been recorded in the central Bering Sea. (Credit: AEIC)

String of Earthquakes Shakes Up Pribilof Islands

The Pribilof Islands aren’t usually prone to shaking. But more than a dozen earthquakes have been recorded in between St. Paul and St. George since Friday afternoon.

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February 2, 2015
Aleutian Sanctuary Proposal Stalls Out

Aleutian Sanctuary Proposal Stalls Out

The federal government has turned down a request to create a vast marine reserve around the Aleutian Islands.

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January 26, 2015
Ron Mitchell drops nets onto the deck of the F/V Seadawn. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)

Bering Sea Pollock Fishery Casts Off

The Bering Sea’s largest fishery opened up on Tuesday afternoon. Pollock crews are gearing up for a potential increase in their harvest — while still keeping an open mind about what the winter has in store.

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January 21, 2015
Plunging Oil Prices Cast Doubt on Arctic Drilling

Plunging Oil Prices Cast Doubt on Arctic Drilling

As oil prices continue to plummet, some corporations are scaling back on expensive exploration projects — like drilling in Arctic waters. But, one company with a major stake in the region has yet to tip its hand.

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January 15, 2015
Adak Fish Plant Seeks Additional Operators

Adak Fish Plant Seeks Additional Operators

The community of Adak depends on its fish processing plant for jobs and tax revenue. But they’ve struggled to keep the lights on over the years. Now, the plant’s latest operator is looking for new partners to help shoulder the financial burden.

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January 12, 2015

Aleut Enterprise To Pay Over $1 Million In Adak Fuel Spill Settlement

Aleut Enterprise will pay more than $1 million to settle criminal charges and cover damages from a fuel spill on Adak.

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January 6, 2015

New Campaign Hoping to Increase Conservation in Aleutians

The waters around the Aleutian Islands support a dizzying range of wildlife — and major industries right along with it. Right now, the government’s job is to help find a balance. But there’s a new campaign to permanently tip the scales toward conservation in the Aleutian Chain.

December 31, 2014
As Federal Case Proceeds, State Drops Charges Against Dutch Harbor Asia Owners

As Federal Case Proceeds, State Drops Charges Against Dutch Harbor Asia Owners

State prosecutors have dropped their case against two Unalaskans accused of running a major drug operation out of their home and business. Now, it’s up to a federal court to determine the outcome.

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December 29, 2014
AK: Exploding History (Archive)

AK: Exploding History (Archive)

It’s been more than 70 years since Unalaska came under attack during World War II, but you don’t have to look hard to find the remnants. The community is littered with old gunnery installations, battered Quonset huts and bunkers – some of which are being preserved for posterity.

But there’s history, and then there’s hazard, and the shells and bombs that keep washing up on Unalaska’s shores fall somewhere in between.

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December 26, 2014

No White Christmas in the Aleutians?

Winter usually has a different feel in Unalaska compared to the rest of the state. The days aren’t as short, and the temperatures are nowhere near as cold. But as Alaska faces yet another year of below-average snowfall, the Aleutians are beginning to look a lot less exceptional.

December 24, 2014

Interior Dept. Appoints New Leader for Offshore Energy

The federal agency that regulates offshore oil drilling is about to get a new leader. Abigail Hopper has been named director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, according to a report from FuelFix.

December 19, 2014
For Better Storm Warnings, NWS Goes Local

For Better Storm Warnings, NWS Goes Local

Predicting storms in a fast-changing environment isn’t easy. But the National Weather Service is slowly working on a plan to improve their forecasts in Alaska — and across the country — by adding in the view from the ground.

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November 24, 2014
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