Caroline Lester


Credit Hope McKenney/KUCB

Caroline reported for KUCB in 2020.

Newscast: 05/07/20

May 7, 2020

Mat-Su Borough's decision to ban five literary classics from high school curriculums has caused a public outcry; roughly a thousand seafood processors are staying in Unalaska between seasons; and the Aleutian Arts Council and the Museum of the Aleutians are holding their 2020 virtual coffeehouse and community art show this weekend.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Unalaska's onshore processing plants have chosen to keep seasonal employees on-island in between fishing seasons.

In a rural Alaskan town of 4500 year-round residents, an influx of approximately one thousand international workers—looking for ways to keep busy—is quite a change.

UniSea is keeping plant security tight. In order to enter, everyone must pass through a checkpoint and show a company ID or be placed on a list of expected visitors. 

Newscast: 05/05/20

May 5, 2020

Unalaska's clinic is in a tough financial position; today marks the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls; and Unalaska Public Safety arrested a man accused of stabbing someone late last week. 

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

COVID-19 has created a serious cash-flow problem for the health care system, particularly in rural areas. Unalaska's only clinic has faced financial issues for a long time, but the coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated the problem.

Unalaska is the largest community in Alaska without a critical access hospital. The nearest emergency room is almost a thousand miles away. 

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has released 17 health mandates, or new sets of rules to try and protect Alaskans from COVID-19. 

Those mandates have been a little confusing and proved hard to enforce. But Unalaska's Department of Public Safety has come up with a novel solution.