Maggie Nelson, KUCB - Unalaska

Maggie Nelson, KUCB - Unalaska
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Former Southwest Alaska VPSO, pastor arrested in Texas on child sexual assault charges

Monte LaVelle Chitty, 62, was arrested April 5 in the Florida case. Former members of his Cold Bay church say the charges fit a familiar pattern.
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NOAA responds to entangled whale in Unalaska’s Iliuliuk Bay

Authorities are gathering images and information to coordinate helping an entangled humpback in Unalaska’s Iliuliuk Bay.
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Alaska historian hopes to change offensive WWII-era name of remote Aleutian creek

Michael Livingston says Nazi Creek on Little Kiska Island, named during World War II's Aleutians campaign, should have an Indigenous name instead.
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Driver in fatal Unalaska car crash set to face trial this summer

A judge said Dustin Ruckman, now 23, will be tried for manslaughter in August after the 2019 crash that killed teens Karly McDonald and Kiara Haist.
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2 Alaska seafood shipping companies settle suit over miniature railway for $9.5M

A 100-foot railway used by the companies to transport seafood from Maine into Canada and back violated the federal Jones Act.
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Fire destroys Peter Pan Seafoods facility in Sand Point

The company said a small warehouse used to store fishing gear and a stock room nearby both burned Wednesday. No injuries were reported.
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Federal research group seeks public input on Alaska’s salmon

The Alaska Salmon Research Group is tasked with building a report on data gaps in Pacific salmon research and supporting sustainable management.
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Alaska’s new marine highway runs afoul of environmental group

The Center for Biological Diversity plans to sue a federal agency over a new marine highway in Alaska, saying it violates the Endangered Species Act.
St. Paul Island

St. Paul Island transitions to village public safety officers amid years-long struggle to find stable law enforcement

The remote community hasn’t had a stable police force since 2021 after the entire police department and EMS personnel resigned over a COVID vaccine mandate.
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Crew member on Alaska factory trawler dies after possible ammonia exposure

Crew on the Northern Eagle reported a likely ammonia leak that led to the death of David Kumah, from West Africa.
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Sighting of Chinese and Russian warships near Aleutians prompts Navy response

A U.S. Northern Command spokesperson said the foreign patrol ships remained in international waters and were not considered a threat.
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Trace levels of harmful ‘forever chemicals’ found in Unalaska’s drinking water

The history of military presence in the area may be the cause of the contamination, according to Unalaska's director of public utilities.
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Coast Guard medevacs injured man from factory trawler near Unalaska

A Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew hoisted the mariner from the fishing vessel Northern Eagle early on Jan. 24.
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NOAA denies emergency request to close red king crab savings areas

Federal officials denied an emergency request to close crucial habitat for Bristol Bay red king crab to all commercial fishing.
St. Paul Island

Bering Sea crab crash puts St. Paul emergency medical services in jeopardy

The city’s economy is about 90% dependent on the harvest of snow crab, which closed for the first time in the fishery’s history in October.
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Bering Sea cod fisherman fights for better catch price amid slow fishing seasons

Rather than head out right away to the fishing grounds on New Year's, nearly 30 boats dropped their anchors or docked up in port, waiting on better cod prices.
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GCI connects some Unalaska residents to high-speed internet, others have to wait

GCI connected its first Unalaska residential customers to its fastest 2-gigabit-per-second internet speeds last week, in a rollout delayed by damage to an undersea cable.
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Trial in fatal Unalaska car crash likely to take place in summer

Court proceedings against Dustin Ruckman, accused of manslaughter in Karly McDonald and Kiara Renteria Haist's 2019 deaths, have been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Unalaska revises school bus schedule due to driver shortage

The Unalaska City School District is running on a revised bus schedule due to a driver shortage, giving some kids longer rides and putting others in alternative school vehicles.
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Unalaskans hope new regional airline means better local air service

New regional airline Aleutian Airways touched down at Unalaska’s Tom Madsen Airport on Nov. 16., bringing the hope of more stable and affordable air service.