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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While Alaska leads the country in vaccine allocations per capita, Unalaska is lagging behind other communities in the state. 

The city reported Monday that the major fishing port, which hosts 4,500 year-round residents and nearly doubles in population during peak fishing seasons, has given less than 900 first doses of the vaccine since they first became available in December.

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The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) is working to address food insecurity in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands through a two-year grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"We will be working with tribes, as partners, and trying to better understand local food systems in the region and begin planning and designing a regional food system," said Suanne Unger, the Wellness Program Coordinator at the regional nonprofit tribal organization's Anchorage office.

Updated 03/03/2021 at 4 p.m. 

Josiah Kelly, who was last seen in Unalaska on Feb. 27, was safely located Wednesday after a three-day search, according to the Department of Public Safety. 

Kelly was found walking at the end of Captains Bay Road.

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The City of Unalaska lowered its local COVID-19 risk factor to "medium" Monday. That's following two weeks without a new case stemming from community spread and a decrease in the overall number of new and active cases. 

And the City Council could ease some of the island's COVID-19 health mandates at a special meeting Wednesday at noon. 

Newscast: 03/01/21

Mar 1, 2021

Alaska's plan to pay out nearly $50 million to the fishing industry for pandemic relief has been approved by the federal government; Unalaska is eligible to apply for more than $210,000 through a new state program designed to get millions in federal funds to combat COVID-19 directly into boroughs and communities; and on Thursday evening, one of Unalaska's grocery stores got an unexpected visitor.