Hope McKenney


Born in rural Northern California, Hope started as a reporter and producer at KZYX in Mendocino County. She then worked at Kichwa Hatari ⁠— the first Quechua language radio station in the U.S., based in New York ⁠— and KQED in San Francisco. 

She has lived in Bolivia, Peru, and Cuba, and is now excited to cover the beautiful Aleutians.  

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The City of Unalaska has hired a new police chief, officials announced last week. 

Jay King, from the Montgomery Police Department in Alabama, accepted the offer and is expected to start his new position with the city no later than Sept. 1, according to City Manager Erin Reinders. 

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Jul 9, 2020

A commuter flight service is set to take over the large planes and regional service once operated by RavnAir Group; as many Alaska cities cancelled official 4th of July events to minimize the spread of COVID-19, Unalaska was one of few communities who gathered for a city-sponsored event this year; and Unalaska is holding its Household Hazardous Waste Clean-up event this weekend. 

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Updated 07/09/2020 at 2:30 p.m.

City officials reported a new positive case of COVID-19 in Unalaska Tuesday, bringing the total number of positive local cases to ten.

The individual who tested positive is an employee of Pacific Stevedoring, a local company that handles cargo and terminal operations in the Port of Dutch Harbor. They arrived on the island on June 25 and immediately went into quarantine per local protocol, according to city officials. 

Melissa Good/Alaska Sea Grant



Blue mussels and snails (whelks) collected from Unalaska Bay on July 4 registered nearly three times the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning toxin limit for safe consumption.


A recent report of some of the highest ever recorded levels of PSP toxins in butter clams taken from the Alaska Peninsula community of King Cove in June prompted officials to test locally, according to Melissa Good, the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Agent in Unalaska.


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Jul 7, 2020

City officials announced last week that another person in Unalaska tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of positive local cases to nine; Alaska's largest rural air service is going on the auction block Tuesday; and after having been closed to the public for over three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Unalaska's Museum of the Aleutians has begun its limited reopening.