Hope McKenney

News Director

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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Newscast: 04/15/21

Apr 15, 2021

A fuel ration on the Pribilof Island of St. Paul ended Tuesday after more than a month and a half of limiting fuel for both residents and fishermen; state health officials have asked Alaska vaccine providers to follow federal recommendations to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines due to a clotting risk, but Unalaska health officials say that pause won't have much of an effect on island vaccination efforts; and the size of King salmon returning to Western Alaska rivers to spawn has been decreasing over the past few decades.

Courtesy of Phil Zavadil

A fuel ration on the Pribilof Island of St. Paul ended Tuesday after more than a month and a half of limiting fuel for both residents and fishermen.

The Bering Sea community announced the ration in late February after bad weather repeatedly canceled the arrival of a fuel barge. 

The North Pacific Fuel barge finally arrived at the dock on Tuesday, according to City Manager Phil Zavadil. The city had been waiting on its arrival since November of last year. 

Berett Wilber/KUCB

 

Unalaska's City Council voted at a Tuesday meeting not to implement any new health restrictions, despite a recent incident of potential widespread COVID-19 exposure at a local bar.

Maggie Nelson/KUCB

Unvaccinated people who visited Unalaska's Norwegian Rat Saloon late Saturday are being asked to quarantine this week, after officials say they shared the space with fishermen who broke their company's own quarantine plans while they were awaiting COVID-19 testing results.

The fishermen came from a United States Seafoods vessel where COVID-19 cases were suspected, but still visited the popular bar after 10 p.m., Unalaska City Manager Erin Reinders said Monday. 

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