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Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska

Lauren Rosenthal is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.

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

Unalaska Drug Investigation Nets Nine More Arrests

Nine people were arrested in Unalaska Wednesday during a day-long drug bust. Deputy Police Chief Michael Holman says the operation started around 12:45 p.m. and concluded around midnight. Officers executed ten search warrants, following up on new leads from an undercover investigation into drug sales over the last few months.

October 24, 2013
Pacific Cod.

Board of Fish Approves New Bering Sea Fisheries

The Alaska Board of Fish voted to set up two new state-managed fisheries in the Aleutians at their meeting in Anchorage this week. A Pacific cod fishery will open up in the Bering Sea north of Cape Sarichef each year starting a week after the federally managed parallel fishery, and stay open until the harvest is taken or August 28.

October 24, 2013
Permits In Hand, Crab Fleet Starts Fishing

Permits In Hand, Crab Fleet Starts Fishing

Alaska’s king crab fishing furlough is over. Most of the fleet received their quota permits from the National Marine Fisheries Service by the end of the day Thursday. NMFS employees had been furloughed during the government shutdown. They sped through the permits when they got back to work yesterday morning.

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October 18, 2013
Magone-Resolve Tows F/V Lone Star to Unalaska

Magone-Resolve Tows F/V Lone Star to Unalaska

Almost four months after it sank near Dillingham, the fishing tender Lone Star has been lifted off the bottom and is on its way to Unalaska.

October 18, 2013

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
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

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

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

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
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
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
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