Hope McKenney, KUCB - Unalaska


Ravn Alaska will resume flights to six communities Friday

Tickets are now available for scheduled flights between Anchorage and Unalaska, Sand Point, Homer, Kenai and Valdez, according to Ravn CEO Rob McKinney.
a man in a black uniform with the yellow letters NTSB holds a propellor of a crashed airplane

One year later: Unalaskans reflect on fatal crash

A year after the crash, residents are grateful for the community that banded together, but also worried about the future of transportation to the Aleutian Island community.
Two blue bladders coming out of tubes

Unalaska PA’s ingenuity doubles available ventilators for COVID-19 pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic hit Alaska, physician's assistant from the fishing community of Unalaska did what she could to make sure her community was prepared.
A blue warehouse building with a small entry building oustdie where employees in hazmat equiipment wait

Unalaska’s biggest fish processor sees new COVID-19 cases

But the five employees who tested positive didn't interact with others, according to company officials.
Seen from a distance, a boat pulls a abloated whale that is half-way submerged in water

Dead whales wash up near Unalaska, but pandemic complicates necropsies

The two dead whales that were recently reported included a relatively rare fin whale.
Unalaska's runway taken from the mountain above, with water on either side

Seattle entrepreneur and Unalaska businessman to start flight co-op between Unalaska and Anchorage

Two people are promoting a new idea that they say could help address the Unalaska's persistent travel problems: a flight co-op. The vision is a $10/month service that offers protection against delays and would aim to provide seats on charter flights for $600.
The body of a dead steller sea lion on a beach

Biologists hope dead sea lion will provide insight into endangered Aleutian population

Officials with the program say they've recently been receiving more reports of Steller sea lions hauling out on beaches in poor condition, but have been unable to retrieve the animals for research — largely because they're in remote areas — and therefore still don't know what's causing the increase in sick or injured animals.

Ravn hopes to relaunch service to rural hubs in September

The company that bought Ravn's core assets initially hoped to relaunch operations around this time, but the new owners now say that they hope to resume flying in another month, in mid-September.

Southeast Alaska airline to relaunch passenger service on former Ravn routes

Alaska Seaplanes announced Tuesday it intends to relaunch passenger air service on routes formerly served by RavnAir Group, which declared bankruptcy earlier this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seattle-based American Seafoods

After 100 cases in June, Seattle seafood company reports 6 more crew have COVID-19 in Dutch Harbor

A Bering Sea trawler currently docked in Dutch Harbor has reported six cases of COVID-19 among its 119 crew members, officials said Friday.

A person was fatally poisoned by mussels in Dutch Harbor, and now Alaska warns of high toxin levels

A person has died from paralytic shellfish poisoning after eating blue mussels and snails in the Aleutian Island community of Unalaska, state health officials confirmed Wednesday.

‘One mussel could kill someone’: Officials warn of extremely high shellfish toxin levels in Unalaska

Alaska state and local health officials are warning of dangerous high levels of toxins in shellfish, after a person died of paralytic shellfish poisoning from mussels and snails in the Aleutian Island community of Unalaska.

PSP levels in shellfish samples near Unalaska test dangerously high

A recent report showed some of the highest ever recorded levels of PSP toxins in butter clams taken from the Alaska Peninsula community of King Cove in June

Sand Point loses half of police force

The police force of just five normally works on a two-week shift

Scientists say Unalaskans don’t need to worry, despite recent earthquakes near Makushin volcano

Over the past two weeks, several tremors have shaken Unalaska, but scientists say there isn't any current need to panic.

Following a series of earthquakes, Unalaska tested its tsunami sirens. Half failed.

Only three of the seven tsunami sirens in the Aleutian community worked, despite high seismic activity in the last week.

After fears, crew of American Seafoods vessel tests negative for COVID-19 in Unalaska

Over 100 asymptomatic crew members tested positive on three of the seafood company's other factory trawlers.

King Cove confirms first local case of COVID-19 in seafood industry worker

Henry Mack, mayor of the 900-person town, said the individual is an employee at the huge Peter Pan Seafoods plant.
A blue bow with a yellow stripe at a dock

Tustumena crew member tests positive for COVID-19, passengers quarantined

The Tustumena ferry’s sailings were canceled after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday.

COVID-19 cases for Unalaska fish processor rise to 3

Unalaska officials have reported a third local case of COVID-19, after announcing the city's first two Wednesday.