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Stories from the KUCB Newsroom from the Aleutian Region, the Pribilof Islands, the Alaska Peninsula, and beyond.

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Thanks to a new direct flight, Unalaskans are bringing food and clothes to their northern neighbors on St. George Island, some 200 miles across the Bering Sea.

The community of 60 people has already received dozens of boxes filled with canned goods, winter clothing, and spare blankets.

"I can't thank the people enough in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor for caring about us," said Mayor Pat Pletnikoff of St. George. "It's pretty amazing."

Courtesy of the Lekanoff Family

The friends and family of Nicholai Lekanoff are gathering Wednesday to celebrate the life of the noted Unangax̂ elder and church leader, who died last week at age 93.

Lekanoff was born in Makushin in 1925 and later moved to Unalaska with his family.

He was an altar boy in his youth and served throughout his life at the Holy Ascension Cathedral, where he became the Starosta and was known for his skill in ringing the church bells.

Zoe Sobel/KUCB

Next year, the Tustumena ferry is tentatively scheduled to make its first Aleutian sailing on May 7, according to a summer calendar proposed by the Alaska Marine Highway System.

The draft shows the M/V Tustumena making two monthly trips along the southwest route from Homer to Unalaska. They're slated for the first and third weeks of each month.

State officials say the ferry is expected to make 10 Aleutian sailings in total.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

St. George Island has a new air carrier.

Grant Aviation won the community's Essential Air Service contract this fall, after PenAir decided to drop the route during its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Residents of the notoriously hard-to-reach island are hoping the change will bring more reliable flights, but they're not sold yet on their new provider.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel was on the first flight.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

A car accident Tuesday morning briefly closed East Broadway Ave. and left two Unalaska teenagers with "non-life-threatening injuries."

Acting Police Chief Jennifer Shockley said icy road conditions were a factor in the one-car wreck near the city's Department of Public Works.

Driving speed may have been a factor as well, though Shockley declined to specify how fast the car was moving because police are still investigating.

She said one teen was driving while the other rode as passenger.

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