Maggie Nelson, KUCB - Unalaska

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Historians correct details about Benny Benson’s age and heritage nearly a century after he designed Alaska’s flag

Researchers nd historians discovered that Benny Benson was actually 14 years old when he designed Alaska's state flag.
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Ravn Alaska takes steps to make FlyCoin a viable cryptocurrency

The regional airline is working to make its reward credits redeemable for hard currency.
An old, monochrome photo showing a fishing station in a small bay

The Pacific cod fishery likely started a decade earlier than previously thought

For a long time, Atlantic cod is what most Americans ate.
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Preserving Aleutian history: collection of 1970s audio reels finds new home online

A collection of audio reels made in the Aleutian region in the 1970s was digitized and will soon be available online through the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
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The eruption near Tonga was so powerful you could hear it in Alaska

How did so many Alaskans hear a sound from so far away? The short answer is that this volcanic blast was so big it traveled thousands of miles.
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Aleutian Airways delays launch of its service to Unalaska to ‘tighten up’ safety

“We’ve decided that, proactively, we’re going to be putting in place some additional safety mitigations just to further improve our operating margins in Unalaska,” said Aleutian Airways co-owner Kent Craford.
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Nearly 80 years after his death, Unangax̂ soldier Pvt. George Fox to finally receive burial ceremony in 2022

Fox was born in 1920 on Unga Island, the largest of the Shumagin islands, about 250 miles northeast of Unalaska. Census data shows that he and his mother moved to Unalaska by 1929, and he joined the military when he was about 21 years old, according to Livingston.
Unalaska's runway taken from the mountain above, with water on either side

New airline brings competition to Unalaska-Anchorage route

Aleutian Airways, a partnership between Juneau-based Alaska Seaplanes, Florida-based Sterling Airways, and two venture capital firms, will fly Saab 2000 planes from Anchorage to Unalaska. The planes haven't flown in Unalaska since RavnAir Group's fatal plane crash in 2019, but Aleutian Airways managers say they have strict protocols to ensure safety.
A person in rain gear suspenders looks over the side of a boat with a dip net with green mountains in the background

Harmful algal blooms can be lethal for humans. Scientists wonder if they cause seabird die-offs, too.

Over a million murres died about five years ago, coinciding with a major marine heat wave. Scientists suspect that high PSP levels may have also contributed the unusual die off and they're trying to find answers in Unalaska.
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Key federal fisheries advisory panel loses Alaska Native voice

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council often flies under the radar, but it manages the most economically lucrative fisheries in Alaska. But after eliminating one of the group's three Alaska Native members, some are questioning its commitment to ensuring all voices are heard.

Oregon man, facing drug charges after string of overdoses in Unalaska, dies in custody

The man's death was not COVID-19 related and no foul play is suspected according to the Alaska Dept. of Corrections.
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Unalaska cashes in on new Biden administration boon to vaccinate 1,800 at mass clinic

Among the groups vaccinated: dozens of workers from four major fish processing plants which have struggled with COVID-19 outbreaks over the past several months.
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‘Mail For Morale’: Letter-writing project commemorates WWII Aleutian Campaign veterans

The veterans all served in the Aleutian Campaign, which is often referred to as the "Forgotten War," and began in 1942 when the Japanese bombed Dutch Harbor and occupied the western Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska.
An eagle perched on top of a pile of boxed groceries

Sometimes a bird gets into your store. In Unalaska, sometimes the bird is an eagle.

After over an hour of being chased up and down aisles by two police officers, store employees and a volunteer, the eagle tired and was carried out in a blanket and set free.

COVID-19 triggers alarming high school failure rates in Unalaska

Thanks to COVID-19, almost a third of students in Unalaska are failing one class or more. It comes as a shock to the community, where the 2019 graduation rate was 97%.
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New Coast Guard cutter named for sailor buried in Unalaska

Charles Moulthrope was buried in Unalaska in 1896, at the age of 23, after he died during service in nearby waters.
A hiker in a dry suit holds a padde and a packraft on an island.

Yakutat to Unimak: Minnesota hiker recounts 2,500-mile Alaska traverse

From mid-June to mid-October, Dan Binde of Minnesota hiked from Yakutat, in the northern reaches of Alaska's Inside Passage, across the Alaska Peninsula, to Unimak, the largest and easternmost of the Aleutian Islands.
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St. Paul Island has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, but the community isn’t letting down its guard

The island has the largest population of Unangan people in the world, and community leaders say they are doing everything they can to protect them.
Three panels of painted animals, one with a jelly fish, the middle with a humbpack whal getting ready to breach, and the third of two birds in a nest .

‘The Gentle Tarot’: Unalaska artist creates uniquely Alaskan tarot deck

An Unalaska artist is putting together a tarot deck filled with Alaskan-themed imamges of humpback whales, grizzly bears, and cormorants.