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Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska

Lauren Rosenthal is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.

Delta Western Workers Approve Union Membership

After two months of protests, Delta Western fuel workers in Unalaska have voted to unionize. The Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific got the support of a slim majority in an election on Thursday night.

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April 11, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Izembek Road Issue May Be Headed To Court

Over the last year, residents of King Cove have been ramping up their campaign to build what they say is a life-saving road through the Izembek wildlife refuge.

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April 7, 2014 - 6:09 pm
Coast Guard Finds Violations in Kulluk Grounding

Coast Guard Finds Violations in Kulluk Grounding

The Coast Guard has released the results of an investigation into the grounding of Shell’s Kulluk drill rig at the end of their troubled Arctic drilling season. The agency documented multiple safety violations. It also found a desire to avoid a state tax contributed to the decision to move the rig in poor conditions.

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April 3, 2014 - 5:49 pm
NMFS Clears Commercial Fishing In Sea Lion Habitat

NMFS Clears Commercial Fishing In Sea Lion Habitat

After a research review, the National Marine Fisheries Service is prepared to loosen controversial limits on fishing in the western Aleutian Islands.

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April 3, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Feds Ask King Cove to Weigh In on Road Alternatives

A group of tribal and government officials from King Cove are back from a week of lobbying in Washington, D.C. — and they’ve come home with a new assignment.

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April 1, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Unalaska Gears Up For Statewide Disaster Drill

For the most part, Unalaska was shielded from the devastation of the 1964 earthquake. But there’s no telling if it will be next time. That’s why Unalaska and dozens of other communities around the state kicked off a series of emergency drills today.

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March 27, 2014 - 6:00 pm

UniSea Worker Accused of Two Assaults in One Day

A 20-year-old man is facing felony charges in back-to-back assaults at the UniSea bunkhouses this week — including an attempted sexual assault.

March 21, 2014 - 10:54 am
J. Torres speaking in Unalaska on March 3. Photo by Luc Sevilla.

J. Torres Encourages Young Comic Creators

A lot of elements go into a simple comic book. There’s artwork, there’s editing — and most importantly, for the Filipino and Canadian comic writer J. Torres, there’s the script.

The award-winning author visited Unalaska’s schools and gave a presentation at the library last week, as part of a statewide tour.

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March 13, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Coast Guard, Unalaska Police Investigate Fatal Accident At Sea

The Coast Guard and Unalaska police are investigating a fatal accident that took place aboard a 376-foot factory trawler this week.

March 13, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Coast Guard Assists in Two Medevacs From King Cove

A Coast Guard helicopter crew spent Tuesday morning performing back-to-back medevacs between King Cove and the community of Cold Bay.

March 13, 2014 - 11:11 am

Herron Asks Legislature To Support Izembek Road Campaign

Alaska’s legislature is still searching for ways to connect King Cove and Cold Bay by building a road through a federal wildlife refuge.

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March 11, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Five Nations Tentatively Agree To Arctic Fishing Ban

The United States and four other Arctic nations have tentatively agreed to prevent commercial fishing in the high Arctic.

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March 6, 2014 - 5:25 pm
Delta Western’s Pro-Union Fuelers Strike Again

Delta Western’s Pro-Union Fuelers Strike Again

For the past month, a group of fuel supply workers in Unalaska have been trying to unionize. And they’ve also accused their employer, Delta Western, of mistreating them for it. The workers took to the picket line on Tuesday to protest with other local union members.

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March 6, 2014 - 5:23 pm
A burnt eagle spreads its wings. Photo courtesy Susie Silook, wife of Keith Hamilton.

Burned Bald Eagles Draw Federal Scrutiny In Adak

It’s common practice to burn trash in the Aleutians, to keep landfills from overflowing. But it’s not that simple in Adak, where flaming waste has killed or injured at least ten bald eagles in the last few months. It’s now the subject of a federal investigation.

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March 4, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Pollock Fleet Holds Out For Fish Roe

Walleye pollock is the Bering Sea’s biggest and most valuable fishery. But that doesn’t mean that the trawl fleet was ready and raring to go when the harvest opened in late January.

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February 26, 2014 - 5:47 pm
Pro-Union Delta Western Workers Press On

Pro-Union Delta Western Workers Press On

Last week, a handful of Delta Western fuel supply employees in Unalaska kicked off an effort to unionize by going on strike. They’re pressing ahead — even after a visit from the company president.

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February 25, 2014 - 5:14 pm

U.S. Pushes International Ban on Arctic Fishing

The United States is gathering support for an international moratorium on commercial fishing in the Arctic Ocean. The Globe and Mail reports that Denmark and Canada are prepared to back the ban at a meeting of Arctic states in Greenland this week. The other nations — Russia and Norway — are not currently on board.

February 25, 2014 - 11:10 am
Photo by Pipa Escalante, KUCB - Unalaska.

Delta Western, Employees Clash Over Unionizing

A labor dispute is brewing between a regional fuel distributor and its staff in Unalaska. Employees of Delta Western say the company doesn’t want them to unionize.

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February 18, 2014 - 5:49 pm
Rep. Herron Cited Again for Ethics Breach

Rep. Herron Cited Again for Ethics Breach

Representative Bob Herron, a Bethel democrat, received a second ethics citation tied to his co-ownership of a school bus company.

February 14, 2014 - 11:06 am
Sudanese Violence Hits Home for Unalaska Resident

Sudanese Violence Hits Home for Unalaska Resident

A civil war being fought on the other side of the world has hit home for one Unalaska resident. Mayak Bilkuei is from South Sudan, where ethnic and political violence have claimed up to 10,000 lives — including some of his own family.

February 6, 2014 - 6:00 pm