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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.

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Starting next year, Unalaska retailers won't be allowed to distribute single-use plastic bags to their customers. If they do, they'll be hit with $100 fines each time.

The City Council passed the bag ban unanimously Tuesday night after about six months of discussion and overwhelming public support.

Councilor James Fitch said it'll help reduce the amount of plastic littering local beaches and polluting the ocean.

Shari Coleman

With three days until the deadline, Shari Coleman has added her name to Unalaska's municipal ballot.

The city councilor filed Monday to run for reelection at seat G.

Coleman won her seat last fall after ousting Rachelle Hatfield, who was appointed when Frank Kelty vacated the spot to become mayor in 2016.

Coleman is currently finishing the last year left on that term. If elected again, she'll earn her first full three-year term on the council.

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With the deadline looming, only one Unalaskan has filed to run for local office this fall.

City Councilor Alejandro "Bong" Tungul is running for reelection at seat F.

Tungul was first appointed to the council in 2013.

Zoe Grueskin / KNOM

 

Since May, hundreds of dead and dying seabirds have been found across the northern Bering and southern Chukchi Seas.

The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have labeled the event a die-off and are coordinating monitoring efforts with local communities.

"These birds have been starving," said wildlife biolgoist Kathy Kuletz of USFWS. "They're very emaciated. Their muscles have atrophied."

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Unalaskans are fed up with the slow internet and dropped calls that define the island's telecommunications.

Brendan Carr said he got that message loud and clear during his Tuesday visit for the Federal Communications Commission. But it's unlikely his trip will produce concrete changes anytime soon.

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