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Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska

Lauren Rosenthal is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.

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
(Courtesy of Unalaska Dept. of Public Safety)

Drug Stockpile Recovered From Unalaska Home

Unalaska police may have reached a turning point in a long investigation into drug sales. Two people are in custody after a stockpile was discovered at the home — and business — they both share.

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May 30, 2014

Begich, Coast Guard Admiral Visit Aleutian Islands

This weekend, Senator Mark Begich and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo made a brief appearance in the Aleutian Islands. The officials shared their vision of how Unalaska — and other coastal communities — will have to support economic activity in the Arctic.

May 27, 2014

New Fisheries Might Be Headed to Unalaska

Next year will likely bring new fisheries to the western Aleutian
Islands, now that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has issued its final report on the way commercial fishing affects an endangered populationof Steller sea lions.

May 26, 2014
Atka bids farewell to Sarah Outen and Justine Curgenven on May 16. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)

British Kayakers Take On Aleutian Chain

For the past three years, a British woman has been trying to travel around the globe using only her own strength. Sarah Outen has biked through China and rowed the Pacific Ocean.

Now, she’s in the Aleutian Islands, tackling some of the world’s wildest seas in a kayak — and learning plenty along the way.

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May 21, 2014
Shishaldin Volcano Rumbling To Life

Shishaldin Volcano Rumbling To Life

Shishaldin Volcano is rumbling to life in the Aleutian Islands. The Alaska Volcano Observatory detected long tremors and an increase in surface temperatures at Shishaldin earlier Tuesday.

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May 13, 2014
APICDA Tries to Draw Graduate Students Back Home

APICDA Tries to Draw Graduate Students Back Home

Community development quota groups, or CDQ groups, are supposed to harness some of the wealth from western Alaska’s booming fisheries. They all invest in education by handing out scholarships to coastal residents.

May 13, 2014
(Photo by Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska)

Emergency Personnel Battle Unalaska Warehouse Fire

While the rest of the state is gearing up for wildfire season, Unalaska’s emergency responders spent Wednesday fighting an industrial fire inside a local longshore warehouse. The building appears to be a total loss.

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May 7, 2014
Investigation Attributes USCG Death To Faulty Equipment, Work Practices

Investigation Attributes USCG Death To Faulty Equipment, Work Practices

The Coast Guard has finished investigating a Bering Sea rescue that left a 28-year-old crewman with fatal head injuries late last year. According to a review board, faulty equipment and work practices developed by the crew of the cutter Waesche put Petty Officer Travis Obendorf in harm’s way.

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April 24, 2014

Drug Discovery at Unalaska School Leads to Four Arrests

Four people were arraigned in court Wednesday morning for allegedly selling marijuana. The cases are the result of an investigation into drug possession that started at the local high school.

April 17, 2014