Caroline Lester


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Originally from Boston, Caroline  got her start in community radio at KCAW in Sitka. Since then, she's worked at stations throughout New England, as well as freelanced for multiple national outlets. She's thrilled to be back in her favorite state. 

Ways to Connect

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.

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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. 

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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.