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Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska

Lauren Rosenthal is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.

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

Organization Becoming Difficult For Fishermen, Scientists Partnerships

In Alaska, fishermen and scientists have a long history of working together to figure out how to catch fish in a way that’s safe – for crew members, and for the species out in the ocean. Now, there’s a plethora of research groups out there wanting to set up those partnerships – but, it’s getting harder to organize their efforts.

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November 21, 2013
F/V Alaska Juris Crew Member Medevacked After Stabbing

F/V Alaska Juris Crew Member Medevacked After Stabbing

A fight on the F/V Alaska Juris landed one crew member in the hospital with knife wounds, and another three behind bars. According to preliminary police reports, 47-year-old Wayland Smith and his coworker had a disagreement aboard the Alaska Juris on Thursday night. The 238-foot catcher-processer was anchored in Captains Bay to offload seafood to a tramper.

November 19, 2013

Alaska Legislators Ask Constituents To Support Storm Relief Efforts

Massive weather events have shaken up coastal communities in Alaska and Philippines this month. Now, two state legislators are asking their constituents to support to relief efforts on both fronts.

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November 15, 2013

Shell Oil Works To Revive Arctic Drilling Program

Shell Oil is taking measures to revive its troubled Arctic drilling program. On Wednesday, the company filed an updated Arctic exploration plan with the Alaska office of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

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November 7, 2013

F/V Arctic Hunter Runs Aground Near Unalaska

A fishing vessel ran aground outside Unalaska early this morning. The Arctic Hunter, a 93-foot crab boat, was leaving town to start a fishing trip when it wrecked around 3:45 a.m.

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November 1, 2013

Shell Weighs Options For 2014 Arctic Drilling

Shell Oil is still weighing its options for drilling in the Arctic next year. The program would be scaled down compared to the company’s last trip north in 2012.

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October 31, 2013
UPDATE: International Delta Flight Diverts To Cold Bay

UPDATE: International Delta Flight Diverts To Cold Bay

A Delta flight traveling from Tokyo to San Francisco made an emergency stop in the remote community of Cold Bay on Wednesday.

October 30, 2013
Police Make 16th Arrest in Drug Investigation

Police Make 16th Arrest in Drug Investigation

Unalaska police have arrested another person in connection with alleged drug sales, and levied more charges against suspects who are already in custody.

October 30, 2013
Police seized drugs, firearms, and cash as evidence. Photo courtesy of UDPS.

As Drug Investigation Continues, Nine Defendants Appear in Court

The nine men who were arrested this week in Unalaska and charged with felony drug offenses have made their first appearances in court.

October 28, 2013