Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska
Lauren Rosenthal is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.