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Newscast: 12/10/18

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This winter, UniSea will employ four prison inmates at its fish processing plant in Unalaska. KUCB swapped today's newscast to ask President and CEO Tom Enlow why the company is participating in a work release program run by the state Department of Corrections.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

This winter, UniSea will employ four prison inmates at its Unalaska processing plant, following the company's decision to join a work release program run by the state Department of Corrections.

The goal of the "Transition to Work" initiative is to chip away at Alaska's high re-offense rate by helping qualified inmates to learn new skills and prepare for life after prison.

Newscast: 12/06/18

Dec 6, 2018

It's unclear whether the appointment of a new state corrections commissioner will affect the inmate work program Unalaska is scheduled to join this winter; a possible dredging project at the Port of Dutch Harbor has passed several early milestones; and the federal government has kicked in an initial $5 million to help Alaska deal with the immediate effects of last week's earthquake.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

While construction is still years away, a proposal to streamline shipping traffic through the Port of Dutch Harbor has cleared several early hurdles.

In 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished a two-year feasibility study, recommended a dredging project, and won initial approval from the Unalaska City Council.

The Corps is looking to blast out and scoop away a bar that hampers navigation into Iliuliuk Bay.

Sarah Hansen/KUCB

It's too soon to say whether the appointment of a new state corrections commissioner will affect the inmate work program that Unalaska is scheduled to join this winter.

New Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced Wednesday that he's picked state Rep.-Elect Nancy Dahlstrom to lead the Department of Corrections (DOC).

Does she expect to make any changes to the Transition to Work program, which is on track to employ four prisoners at UniSea's fish processing plant in Unalaska?

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