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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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Citing a nationwide pilot shortage, PenAir is reducing its flights to St. Paul Island and Dillingham.

Starting Oct. 1, the airline will fly between St. Paul and Anchorage three times per week instead of four — and between Dillingham and Anchorage two times per day instead of three.

"PenAir initiated a strong recruitment campaign several months ago and continue to hire and train as quickly and safely as possible," said company officials in a written statement. "We are confident we will be able to resume our schedule once our crew numbers permit."

United States Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an injured diver last week after he was briefly trapped against the seafloor near False Pass.

Officials say the man was diving on a shipwreck Thursday afternoon when a piece of wreckage broke loose and pinned down 65 feet below the surface.

The diver was able to free himself after several minutes, and the accident was reported by the dive tender vessel Makushin Bay.

The Coast Guard sent a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to hoist the man from the vessel and transport him to Cold Bay for medical treatment.

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An Unalaska man died Sunday when a recreational boat capsized north of Morris Cove.

Police say David Long, 55, was gillnetting for salmon with another man around 2:30 p.m. when their boat began taking on water.

"They apparently ran into some kind of problem — either with the net, the boat, or the motor," said Acting Director Jennifer Shockley of the Department of Public Safety. "Not sure what the exact sequence of events was."

Chrissy Roes / KUCB

 

 

The crew of the S/Y Infinity pride themselves on exploring untouched places around the world while raising a little environmental awareness along the way.

But when the sailboat passed through Unalaska this summer on its way to the Northwest Passage, one crew member had a questionable interaction with a bald eagle.

Zoë Sobel / KUCB

 

Descendants of Alaska's westernmost island want permanent access to their ancestral home.

Since World War II, the Native people of Attu have been separated from their homeland.

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