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Latest newscasts from the KUCB Newsroom.

  • Unalaska has broken the record for the warmest Christmas Day in the state of Alaska; COVID-19 cases in Unalaska are on the rise, again; and work is underway to build the Coast Guard’s first heavy icebreaker in 45 years.
  • An Alaska crab boat captain formerly on the reality TV show “Deadliest Catch” has admitted to dealing heroin; Unalaska local Sean Peters hikes up Bunker Hill 321 times in a year; and Alaska tribes could gain the power to prosecute crimes like domestic and sexual assault in Native villages.
  • The Unalaska School District is releasing details about an internal complaint; power was restored in Adak, after the community spent nearly a week without it; and Unalaska's wrestling team travels to Bethel to compete for the first time in roughly two years.
  • Unalaska students will still be required to wear masks at school, even while the city only encourages masking indoors; the man who founded Trident Seafoods passed away on Sunday; and COVID-19 vaccine mandates have taken effect at Anchorage’s largest health care centers.
  • Unalaska High School’s cross country team traveled to Anchorage to compete in the state tournament; a shortage of Toyostoves may leave some rural Alaska households in the cold; and Wednesday is the deadline to give comment to the Qawalangin Tribe about bringing the Department of Defense’s IRT Program to Unalaska.
  • Unalaska’s mask mandate expired at noon Wednesday, as local COVID-19 cases continue to decline; Alaskans who depend on salmon to feed their families are asking federal fisheries managers to clamp down on the bycatch of a primary food source; and 21-year-old artist Lydia Dirks takes her inspiration from her family, Unangax^ heritage, and other Indigenous artists, and hopes to use her work to inspire others to find healing through art.
  • GCI crews begin construction to bring fiber optic broadband to Unalaska; Unalaska swimmers face surprise competition at their meet; and a 6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes about 70 miles east of Chignik Bay.
  • Unalaska drops its local COVID-19 risk factor to “low” after a reduction in active cases on the island; public safety partners with faith organizations to bridge gaps between the community and local law enforcement; and a potential gold mine is being explored in Western Alaska.
  • A power outage caught Unalaskans by surprise Thursday evening when most of the island went dark; the M/V Tustumena has been rescheduled to arrive in Unalaska on Saturday morning; and Unalaskans head to the polls for the city's local election.
  • On Tuesday, Unalaska declared October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month; as the U.S. and Canada uncover Indigenous school history, survivors, their children and communities marked Orange Shirt day last Thursday; and nearly 500 emergency health workers arrived in Alaska last week, as the state struggles with a surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
  • The Unalaska City Council voted Tuesday to keep a community-wide mask mandate in place, as the state continues to lead the country in average new daily COVID cases per capita; a national debate is playing out over COVID-19 vaccine booster shots; and a federal judge has denied, for now, a request by some of Alaska’s biggest seafood companies to block the Biden administration from levying more fines on them for allegedly breaking federal shipping law.
  • A look at this year’s local ballot measures; Alaska reported thousands more coronavirus cases over the weekend and another 21 deaths from the disease; and Alaska’s State Balladeer announced last week he’s been diagnosed with end-stage cancer.