Maggie Nelson, KUCB - Unalaska

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Unalaska grasps at solutions to stifling airfare costs

“The cost of an airplane ticket to get out here is attention-getting," Sen. Lisa Murkowski said during an August visit to Unalaska, where one-way tickets to Anchorage cost nearly $1,000.
A man holds a framed photo of George Fox with images of his medals around it.

Unangax̂ soldier honored after decades in an unmarked grave

George Fox is the only known Unangax̂ soldier killed fighting in World War II, or in any war since.
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St. Paul toddler laid to rest with his mother after long fight to bring him home

The child, Joshua John Rukovishnikoff, was buried on top of his mother’s grave during a memorial service Saturday.
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King crab hatcheries could be on Alaska’s horizon as mariculture bill moves past Legislature

House Bill 41 would allow certain nonprofits to pursue mariculture enhancement or restoration projects for species of shellfish — like abalone, razor clams, sea cucumbers and king crab.
Two people standing on the deck of a boat watching three others empty a pot

Unalaska fisherman hopes youth program can revitalize island’s fishery

Unalaska fisherman Dustan Dickerson says the program is one way to get a new generation into the industry.
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Alaska businesses have until Friday to apply for 2nd round of pandemic relief grants

But that’s only if they didn’t get money during the state’s first series of American Rescue Plan Act grants.

Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley medevacs its 2nd patient in 4 days

A 62-year-old man was hoisted from the 254-foot fish processor Phoenix after he experienced stroke-like symptoms, according to a USCG news release.
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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.
A Ravn turboprop plane on a runway with mountains behind it

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.
A view of a runway with mountains and water.

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.