Local News

The KUCB Newsroom provides newscasts every weekday at noon and 5 PM on KUCB Radio.  The week's news is also compiled for Flash! News on Channel 8 Television.  You can find many of our local news stories here.

Pipa Escalante/KUCB

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.

John Ryan / KUCB

 

A rat is loose on St. Paul Island. And that’s a big deal because the Pribilof Islands have always been rat free.

Steve Delehanty, Refuge Manager for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, says rats bring significant economic and environmental concerns.

“They damage people’s property. They damage food storage. They damage ship and boat electronics. They damage wildlife,” Delehanty said. “They eat birds, they eat bird eggs, they eat chicks. They can also transmit diseases.”

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Police have arrested an Unalaska man and confiscated several firearms from his home in the community's second recent incident involving threats of gun violence.

The Department of Public Safety took James Greene, 26, into custody Monday — the same day he allegedly threatened to harm at least two people during a domestic situation that spilled into public spaces.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Absentee voting starts Wednesday for Unalaska's municipal election.

On Oct. 2, voters will decide two seats on the City Council and one spot on the school board.

In the race for council seat G, incumbent Shari Coleman is vying for reelection against Vincent Tutiakoff Sr.

Meanwhile, both Alejandro "Bong" Tungul and Carlos Tayag are running unopposed — Tungul for council seat F, and Tayag for school board seat A.

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