Maggie Nelson

Arts & Culture Reporter

Hailing from Southwest Washington, Maggie moved to Unalaska in 2019. Prior to coming to Alaska, she dabbled in independent print journalism in Oregon before heading north to Washington to pursue a Master of Arts in English Studies at Western Washington University—where she also taught Rhetoric and Composition courses. In 2017 Maggie spent time working on a commercial tender boat out of Wrangell and is excited to finally return to Alaska to produce arts and culture content for the Unalaska community.

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Unalaskans hit the ground running, headed for the creeks and bays earlier this month when the island's annual Silver Salmon Derby began. The Unalaska Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation's event ended Sept. 14 and several prizes were awarded through daily drawings and given to participants who submitted the largest fish overall.

Newscast: 09/16/20

Sep 16, 2020

The Coast Guard is seeking help from the public in its investigation of a Dutch Harbor-based fishing vessel that was lost off the Alaska Peninsula along with five crew members; the pandemic-forced shift to more online education may fundamentally change the way students access the University of Alaska system; and a temporary moratorium on evictions—which is meant to keep tenants in their homes even if they can't currently pay their landlords—went into effect on September 4.

Newscast: 09/15/20

Sep 15, 2020

Officials reported two positive cases of COVID-19 in Cold Bay over the weekend; it's possible that two of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's nominees to the board that regulates state fisheries could set policy for Alaska's commercial, sport, and subsistence fisheries without first being confirmed by lawmakers; and attorneys argued in a federal appeals court on Friday that Alaska Native Corporations deserve no share of the money Congress reserved for tribes in the CARES Act. 

Courtesy of Kaye Gumera

On Saturday, the community of Unalaska joined Shayla Shaishnikoff, Camp Qungaayux̂ coordinator for the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska, as she launched her first iqyax̂—an Unangax̂ skin-on-frame sea kayak—into Margaret Bay. 


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The Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation's final summer run, the Bobby Johnson Summer Bay Classic Half Marathon wrapped up on Monday in Unalaska. The virtual race was held over the span of a month and participants were asked to submit times and tracking data virtually in order to observe local and statewide COVID-19 health mandates.

The race was split into two categories: runners and cyclists, and also included a 5K fun run—for which results were not tracked.