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Zoe Sobel


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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Dead and dying sea otters are being found along the Aleutian Islands and the Alaska Peninsula.


During an aerial survey in March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service counted 56 dead otters from Cold Bay to Pilot Point.


Otters in Port Moller and Nelson Lagoon tested positive for streptococcus infection -- a common cause of sea otter mortality.


Newscast: 06/06/18

Jun 7, 2018

Dead and dying sea otters have been reported along the Aleutian Islands and Alaska Peninsula; U.S. Sen. Cantwell wants to push back the permitting process for the proposed Pebble Mine; and U.S. Sen. Murkowski says President Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs aren’t good for Alaska.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants public feedback on a proposed dredging project in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor.

The Corps is planning to dredge a bar at the entrance to Iliuliuk Bay, which will make Dutch Harbor more accessible to deeper draft vessels. Currently, the bar limits access to the port.

An online report on the project includes information on potential environmental impacts.

Newscast: 05/31/18

May 31, 2018

A skipper from Deadliest Catch has died; Unalaska says goodbye to water supervisor Clint Huling; and researchers in Kodiak are trying to figure out why pacific cod stocks are crashing in the gulf.

Newscast: 05/30/18

May 30, 2018

Ray Hudson on art and identity in the Aleutians; the Alaska National Guard wants more Alaska Native members; and a look back at the Battle of Attu.