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Zoe Sobel

Reporter/Host

As a high schooler in Portland, ME, Zoë got her first taste of public radio at NPR's easternmost station. From there, she's slowly moved west -- onto Boston where she studied at Wellesley College and worked at WBUR and WZLY. She's happy to be living close to the ocean again.

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Newscast: 07/17/18

Jul 17, 2018

Unalaskans can now participate in substance abuse treatment without leaving the island; Alaska's senators criticize President Trumps meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin; and St. George Island's fur seal harvest opens early due to a food shortage at the store.

Zoë Sobel / KUCB

 

Unalaska’s basketball players are out of luck until August. The community center gym is closed while the floor gets resurfaced.

 

“There’s never a good time to do it," said Nick Cron, operations manager for the Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation. "You can do it in the summer when there’s not as many people or the winter when school’s out and we’re not as busy. This time it’s going to be during the summer.”

 

Berett Wilber/KUCB

 

City Councilors and community members expressed overwhelming support Tuesday night for an ordinance that would ban single-use plastic bags in Unalaska.

As it stands, the proposed ordinance would put the burden on retailers.

 

Berett Wilber/KUCB

 

Two men walking around town are part of GCI's push to bring high-speed internet to Unalaska.

GCI Vice President Dan Boyette said their walks will help the telecommunications company figure out what fiber optic cable distribution might look like on the island.

"They started July 2, and I'd expect to see them throughout this week and into early next week," said Boyette. "They'll be measuring all the distances and poking around to determine exactly what it will take to do this bit of construction."

Berett Wilber/KUCB

The Unalaska post office has had reduced service for months. But officials say that's due to staffing shortages — not an attempt to shutter the branch

"No, there is nothing in the works for closing a post office in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor," said Dawn Peppinger, a marketing manager for the U.S. Postal Service. "There are no plans for that."

Currently, the Unalaska post office is open for package pick-up on weekdays from noon until 4 p.m. Counter service also reopened recently so patrons can buy stamps.

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