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Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska

Lauren Rosenthal is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.

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

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
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
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

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
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

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
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
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
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

Unalaska Copes With Shell’s Decision Not To Drill

At least one Alaska community was banking on Shell’s presence – and business – this summer.

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January 30, 2014

NIOSH Tackling Fishing Industry Injuries

For more than 20 years, NIOSH has been working to prevent accidental deaths in the fishing industry. Now, these safety experts are tackling injuries – the kind fishermen are used to getting every season.

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January 28, 2014

Court Says Chukchi Lease Sale Environmental Assessment Faulty

A federal appeals court has ruled that the environmental assessment behind a massive oil lease sale in the Chukchi Sea in 2008 was faulty.

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January 23, 2014

Court Says Inadequate Studies Conducted Before 2008 Lease Sale

A federal appeals court has ruled that federal regulators conducted inadequate environmental studies before selling $2.7 billion in petroleum leases off Alaska’s northwest coast.

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January 22, 2014

Fishing Crew Member Accused of Identity Theft

A crew member aboard a factory processor has been arrested in Unalaska and accused of stealing another man’s identity to get his commercial fishing license.

January 17, 2014
Johnny Khongsuk sets up the Unalaska Raiders' robot on the game board. Photo courtesy of John Conwell, Unalaska school superintendent.

AK: Robotics

This month, five rural Alaska schools squared off in a virtual engineering competition run by Lego and GCI. It was a big learning experience for everyone – but especially, for the squad from Unalaska. They were competing for the first time, and they brought some unique strengths to the table.

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December 20, 2013

Greenpeace Fined for Maritime Violation Off Alaskan Shores

A state board has fined Greenpeace $15,000 for traveling through Alaskan waters without a marine pilot. The violation occurred during Greenpeace’s “Save the Arctic” tour to protest Shell’s oil exploration in July 2012.

December 18, 2013

Adak Eyes Potential Pollock Fishery

Recently, Alaska’s Board of Fisheries set up an experimental harvest in the Aleutian Islands that they thought might benefit small communities like Adak. But, Adak had their eyes on a much bigger prize.

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December 9, 2013
Representative Bob Herron Fined For Ethics Violation

Representative Bob Herron Fined For Ethics Violation

Representative Bob Herron is being fined for ethics violations, dating back to when he was first elected to the Legislature in 2009. The House ethics committee found that Herron knowingly withheld “sufficient detail” on his business ventures with another legislator – Senator Lyman Hoffman.

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December 6, 2013

Shipyard Seeking Extra Payment for Ferry Repairs

Seward Ship’s Drydock was only supposed to spend a few months fixing up the Tustumena ferry. Instead, it took them a year to finish extensive repairs on the 50-year-old vessel. The shipyard is now seeking millions of dollars in extra payment from the state of Alaska.

November 27, 2013