Theo Greenly, KUCB - Unalaska

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A sweeping view of the Unalaska Valley and Dutch Harbor

Army Corps makes plans to clean up contaminated WWII-era sites in the Unalaska Valley

The cleanup will focus on underground facilities used to store fuel tanks.
A blue and white ferry in the left hand side of the image sails in foggy weather and a foggy mountain in the background

Masks now optional on Alaska ferries

Although passengers and employees are no longer required to wear masks, the federal CDC still recommends that people wear face coverings while indoors and on public transportation to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
A volcanic dome and crater surrounded by clouds and fog

Unalaska tribe gets federal money for geothermal project to source energy from active volcano

For decades, green energy proponents have been trying to harness geothermal energy from an active volcano on Unalaska Island.
Boats at port with mountains in the background

Longshore union says it stands in solidarity with Ukraine, stops handling Russian cargo

The labor union represents more than 20,000 U.S. dockworkers across the West Coast of the United States, including roughly 350 in Alaska.
A magnet on the side of a truck with a rat crossed out

The Aleutians have a rat problem. Scientists are trying to solve it.

“The rats are like an oil spill that keeps on spilling, year after year,” said Steve Delehanty, the refuge manager for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.
Two women working with bone fragments inside

Mercury levels in Stellar sea lion pups are rising. Researchers look to the past to find out why.

A new research project is building a timeline of mercury levels in the Aleutian Islands over the last few thousand years.
A portrait of a woman in her regalia.

Engineering professor fosters university community for Alaska Native students: ‘It’s full circle’

Alaska Native students are vastly underrepresented on college campuses. When it comes to STEM — fields that are especially dominated by white men — Alaska Native students face even greater barriers.
A valley with some snow on a bright day.

Space tech startup examines Unalaska for potential satellite launch site

A tech startup that visited Unalaska in 2020 as a potential satellite launch site says they are finalizing their choice of location. And while communication between the company and the city began to fade earlier this year, the startup says Unalaska is still in the running.
green island in the sea

After thousands of years, dormant Davidof Volcano in the Aleutians might be waking up

The three Aleutian volcanoes that have been erupting simultaneously in recent months could be joined by a fourth. Davidof Volcano in the Western Aleutians has remained inactive for thousands of years. But a series of earthquakes measured around the dormant volcano has some researchers wondering if Davidof is waking up.
An old military structure near the water.

Cleanup of contaminated WWII military sites on Unalaska could start next year

Military sites — ranging from abandoned pill boxes to quonset huts — are scattered all over the island.
A very big truck is toppled over.

Hurricane-level winds cause widespread damage in Unalaska

The winds ripped off roofs, toppled trucks and tore boats from their docks.
A grey seal sits on a piece of drift wood

Pollock fishery may be cause of decline in Bering Sea fur seals, study says

Alaska’s huge commercial pollock fishery harvests the same species that nursing female seals rely on to feed their pups.
A sign reads City Hall Unalaska Alaska in front of a rust-colored building.

Unalaska City Council enacts temporary mask mandate as COVID-19 infections rise

Businesses will be able to remain open, but all customers and employees over the age of two are now required to wear a face covering while inside.
Smoke and fire erupt from a volcano.

3 volcanoes erupting across Aleutian Range

Three volcanoes are erupting across the Aleutian Range — Great Sitkin and Semisopochnoi in the Aleutian Islands and Pavlof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula.
A harbor on a sunny day with rolling mountains in the background

Aleutians community of Sand Point sees spike in COVID-19 infections

The CEO of Eastern Aleutian Tribes attributed the increase in cases to an event in Sand Point at the end of July. “From that gathering, the cases have increased, and we’re seeing them on a daily basis go up and up,” he said.