Zoë Sobel, Alaska's Energy Desk - Unalaska

Zoë Sobel, Alaska's Energy Desk - Unalaska
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Zoe Sobel is a reporter with Alaska's Energy Desk based in Unalaska. As a high schooler in Portland, Maine, Zoë Sobel got her first taste of public radio at NPR’s easternmost station. From there, she moved to Boston where she studied at Wellesley College and worked at WBUR, covering sports for Only A Game and the trial of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Monitoring Bogoslof: How life responds to volcanic destruction

Bogoslof Island is an important breeding ground for marine mammals and seabirds, making it the perfect place to monitor how life responds to volcanic destruction. Listen Now

Continued unrest at Bogoslof volcano

Seismic unrest continues at Bogoslof volcano. Scientists are watching the eruption around the clock -- even though monitoring stations are far from the site. Listen Now

Managing Aleutian volcanoes from Homer

A volcano in the eastern Aleutians has been erupting for the past week. Bogoslof volcano is an uninhabited island 60 miles northwest of Unalaska. It’s part of the Alaska Maritime Wildlife Refuge, which is based hundreds of miles away in Homer. Listen Now

Undercover operation leads to meth arrests in Unalaska

Unalaska's police department is cracking down on methamphetamine. Listen Now

Bogoslof spews lava in fourth eruption

A volcano in the eastern Aleutians is erupting again. Listen Now

Aleutian volcano erupts

A volcano in the eastern Aleutians erupted suddenly Tuesday afternoon. The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) said several pilots reported seeing an ash cloud about 34,000 feet above Bogoslof volcano. Listen Now

Police arrest two in Unalaska for phoney money

Police in Unalaska have arrested and charged two men accused of making counterfeit money. Over the weekend, Henry Zablan and Nicholas Hough were taken into police custody and later charged with fraud.

Pribilof scientists work to bring back decimated blue king crab population

The last commercial harvest of Pribilof Island blue king crab was in 1999. Extremely low population numbers have kept that fishery closed. Listen Now

Mysterious sea lion decline persists in western Alaska

Alaska’s endangered Steller sea lion population continues its precipitous decline. The 2016 survey by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows an overall increase in the number of Steller sea lions across Alaska, but a mysterious drop in parts of the western stock. Listen Now

Charting new courses: Student mariners prepare to navigate a warmer Arctic

As temperatures rise, Arctic ice is retreating, making trips through the Northwest passage – from Alaska to Maine – a new summer reality. But until now, mariners navigating arctic ice have had limited formal training. A professor at Maine Maritime Academy is working to change that. He’s developed one of the first courses for seafarers in polar regions. Listen Now

Homegrown and hydroponic: Veggies are St. Paul’s new subsistence food

St. Paul’s greenhouse isn’t what you’d imagine. There’s no big glass structure. All the windows are covered from the inside. It’s underneath the city’s grocery store on the first floor of the building. Listen Now

Salmon fishing in St. Paul: Building a new subsistence resource

For many Alaskans, subsistence is all about salmon. But in St. Paul, that isn't the case. Fur seals and seabirds are primary subsistence food in the Pribilof Island community. But the Aleut Community of St. Paul’s Tribal Council thinks increasing a small salmon run on the island could provide food and a lot more. Listen Now

AK: Protecting the environment and preserving the heritage of Denali’s dogs

There's only one national park in America where some of the Rangers are canines: Denali National Park. In the summers, the dogs serve as ambassadors, but during the winter months, they ferry researchers and park employees through areas closed to motorized vehicles. Listen Now

Dutch Harbor remains nation’s top fishing port

On dinner tables across the country, Americans are eating more fish. The United States is responsible for more fish consumption than all other countries, except for China. Listen Now

Bringing science home: In St. Paul, a former student becomes the teacher

The Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea are a magnet for scientists who come to study everything from fur seals to migratory birds. When they leave, that research often leaves with them. Listen Now

49 Voices: Josh Lynch of Fairbanks

This week we're hearing from Josh Lynch in Fairbanks. Originally from Texas and Arkansas, Lynch will be experiencing his first snowy winter this year. Listen Now

In St. Paul, this Alaskan vows ‘Never Trump’

Tonight we hear from Bill Briggs of Saint Paul. Briggs is 60. He's lived in Saint Paul for ten years, and manages the island's seafood processing plant. And he is definitely not on the Trump train. Listen Now

New satellite-based technology aims to crack down on illegal fishing

Commercial fishing in Alaska is a multi-billion dollar industry. But every year, billions of dollars are lost to illegal fishing around the world. A new satellite-based surveillance system makes it easier to track illegal fishing. But some fishermen aren’t ready for Big Brother watching their every move. Listen Now
Commercial fishing in Alaska is a multi-billion dollar industry. (Aftab Uzzaman/Flickr)

Alaska fisheries escape effects of climate change for now

With coastlines eroding, temperatures rising, and sea ice retreating, Alaska is feeling the effects of a warming planet. But a new federal report suggests fisheries in the state haven’t experienced many observable impacts of climate change so far.

Unalaska cleans up fish oil spill

A forklift punctured a connex filled with fish oil in Unalaska Thursday, spilling it across a shipyard. Fish oil is considered an environmental hazard, but far less damaging than crude oil. Some of the bright orange oil flowed into a storm drain and into the ocean. Resolve Marine stopped it from spreading more by plugging the drain with gravel and dirt. Listen now