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Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska

Lauren Rosenthal is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.

Federal Shutdown Keeps Many Crab Fishermen In Port

Today was the official opening of Alaska’s king crab season. About a half a dozen boats catching community development quota, issued by the state, got to head out and start fishing. But as KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal reports, hundreds of other fishermen were stuck in port, waiting for the federal government to reopen and issue their crab permits.

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October 15, 2013 - 5:23 pm
Murkowski, Young Ask Dept. of Commerce to Jumpstart Crab Season

Murkowski, Young Ask Dept. of Commerce to Jumpstart Crab Season

As it stands, the Bering Sea crab harvest is on hold until fishermen receive their permits from federal government. But three Pacific Northwest congressional leaders have an idea to get the season back on schedule.

October 11, 2013 - 10:18 am

Federal Shutdown Could Delay Crab Fisheries

Fishermen are gearing up for the start of the Bering Sea’s lucrative crab season. But they may be off to a late start this year, because of the federal government shutdown.

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October 4, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Incumbent Rowland Leads Write-Ins For Unalaska City Council

Unalaska mayor Shirley Marquardt ran unopposed and secured a fourth term in office. That was the first time in over 20 years that a mayoral election has been uncontested in Unalaska.

October 2, 2013 - 9:31 am

Storm Drives F/V Chaos Aground in Unalaska Bay

High winds and rough seas drove the F/V Chaos onto the rocks outside Unalaska Friday night — and delayed a Coast Guard air rescue of the ship’s crew. Coast Guard Petty Officer Sara Mooers says the Chaos’ four crew members had to spend the night on the beach. They weren’t airlifted to town until 9 a.m. on Saturday, after the winds died down.

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September 23, 2013 - 5:59 pm
Photo by Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska.

AK: Salvage

For more than 30 years, Dan Magone has run around Alaska bailing out vessels in distress. In the process, he’s developed a multimillion-dollar marine salvage business – and a reputation. Magone is a daredevil to some, and a savior to others. But now, he’s the one being saved. Facing rising debt, Magone is selling his shop in Unalaska to a larger company. It’s enough to keep the lights on, but it’s going to be a big adjustment for the man at the center of Alaska’s salvage industry.

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September 20, 2013 - 5:38 pm
Magone Sells Renowned Marine Salvage Business

Magone Sells Renowned Marine Salvage Business

After 40 years in western Alaska, salvager Dan Magone is selling his namesake diving and marine rescue business. But, Magone will still be there to help when disaster strikes.

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September 6, 2013 - 4:53 pm
Shell Agrees to $1M Fine for Arctic Air Permit Violations

Shell Agrees to $1M Fine for Arctic Air Permit Violations

Shell will pay the Environmental Protection Agency $1.1 million in fines for allegedly violating air permits during their 2012 drilling season in Alaska.

September 6, 2013 - 9:19 am

State Panel Debates Arctic Policy In Unalaska

The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission has a big mandate – to figure out what kind of Arctic policy the state should have. They inched toward that goal during a meeting in Unalaska last week.

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September 3, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Unalaskans Question Funding for Arctic Research

A lot more scientific research is needed if the United States wants to beef up its presence in the Arctic. The U.S. Arctic Research Commission met in Unalaska this week to figure out what work takes priority. But as KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal reports, locals were mostly concerned with how the government plans to pay for it all.

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August 29, 2013 - 4:51 pm
Arctic Councils Test the Waters in Unalaska

Arctic Councils Test the Waters in Unalaska

Legislators, scientists, and industry stakeholders are flocking to Unalaska this week to work out a plan for exploring the Arctic and they want input from locals. The United States Arctic Research Commission convened at Unalaska’s Grand Aleutian Hotel today. The independent agency is made up of eight commissioners with diverse backgrounds in fisheries, science, and education.

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August 26, 2013 - 6:01 pm
USCG Admiral Talks Arctic Strategy

USCG Admiral Talks Arctic Strategy

The highest ranking leader in the United States Coast Guard stopped in Unalaska today to talk about Arctic strategy.

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August 19, 2013 - 6:02 pm

With Arctic Growth Looming, Airlines Put Off Planning

Executives at Alaska Airlines and Peninsula Airways admit that their service to Unalaska isn’t perfect. Lopsided demand for flights and rough Aleutian weather already make it tough for them to serve the community. But huge demand from Arctic oil employees might make it even tougher. As KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal reports in a follow up to yesterday’s story, Unalaska faces an uphill battle to get better air service before growth picks up in the Arctic.

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August 13, 2013 - 5:14 pm

In Unalaska, Crossed Wires Trip Up Air Travelers

For the past nine years, Alaska Airlines and Peninsula Airways have partnered to provide regular passenger air service to Unalaska. That service has been plagued by delays, and has also suffered from the airlines’ failure to communicate – with passengers, and even internally, with each other.

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August 12, 2013 - 5:24 pm
Russian Fire Bomb Washes Up Near Chignik

Russian Fire Bomb Washes Up Near Chignik

Coast Guard helicopter dropped an elite team of explosives experts near Chignik last week. Their mission: to detonate a suspicious bomb that washed up on a remote beach. On paper, it was a standard assignment for the Army’s explosive ordnance disposal team. But, the case still managed to turn up some surprises.

July 9, 2013 - 10:24 am
AKDOT Unable to Find Tustumena Stand-In

AKDOT Unable to Find Tustumena Stand-In

An open call for vessels that could fill in for the Tustumena ferry has ended, and the state came up empty-handed.

June 11, 2013 - 9:51 am

Unangan Elder Mary Nicolai Bourdukofsky Passes Away

The Pribilof Island of St. Paul lost an important elder this month. Mary Nicolai Bourdukofsky passed away at age 90. As KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal reports, Bourdukofsky was devoted to preserving Unangan culture and history.

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June 10, 2013 - 5:27 pm
Pavlof Eruption Strands Some Peninsula Travelers

Pavlof Eruption Strands Some Peninsula Travelers

Peninsula communities still aren’t reporting any ashfall from Pavlof Volcano’s newest eruption, which started on Tuesday.

June 7, 2013 - 10:06 am

State Searching For Potential Tustumena Ferry Replacements

In less than six weeks, the Tustumena ferry is supposed to wrap up repairs and set sail to Southwest Alaska. But the shipyard says that delivery date isn’t looking realistic. As the state faces yet another blown deadline for getting the Tustumena back in service, they’ve started looking for other ships to pick up the ferry’s route. And it doesn’t have to be a perfect fit.

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May 30, 2013 - 5:21 pm
Pavlof Eruption Loses Steam

Pavlof Eruption Loses Steam

There’s still some rumbling beneath the surface, and a few small explosions here and there. But for the most part, Pavlof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula has quieted down.

May 28, 2013 - 1:21 pm