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Theo Greenly


Theo Greenly is a Report for America corps member. He got his start in public radio as an intern at KCRW in Santa Monica, California. Since then, he's produced radio stories for stations around the country, and has worked on podcasts as an intern at NPR. He studied journalism at Santa Monica College, creative writing at the University of Colorado Boulder, and radio production at the Transom Story Workshop. When not reporting, he’s probably looking for someone to go hiking with. Wanna go for a hike?

  • Hurricane-level winds slammed the Aleutian Islands Thursday night, ripping off roofs and tearing boats from their docks.In Unalaska, the region’s largest city, the National Weather Service recorded wind gusts of up to 132 mph.
  • Unalaska’s haunted house opens on Friday in the Burma Road Chapel, and the Department of Parks, Culture & Recreation’s Teen Council is getting ready.Teen Council members Shanelle Palma and Nikki Amora are haunted house co-chairs. They didn’t want to give anything away, but said it would be full of “twists and turns,” with different areas, inspired by horror films.
  • Unalaska students will still be required to wear masks at school, even while the city only encourages masking indoors; the man who founded Trident Seafoods passed away on Sunday; and COVID-19 vaccine mandates have taken effect at Anchorage’s largest health care centers.
  • Unalaska High School’s cross country team traveled to Anchorage to compete in the state tournament; a shortage of Toyostoves may leave some rural Alaska households in the cold; and Wednesday is the deadline to give comment to the Qawalangin Tribe about bringing the Department of Defense’s IRT Program to Unalaska.
  • The City of Unalaska is preparing for major budget reductions. At Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting, City Manager Erin Reinders told council members that the recent red king crab closure, and major reductions in the snow crab fishery, will hit the city hard.
  • Unalaska’s mask mandate expired at noon on Wednesday, as local COVID-19 cases continue to decline.City council members voted unanimously at their Tuesday meeting to “encourage” face coverings, as opposed to requiring them. The city had enforced a mask requirement since Aug. 25, when the community experienced a surge of confirmed COVID-19 cases. At its peak, the city reported 30 cases of the virus.
  • GCI crews begin construction to bring fiber optic broadband to Unalaska; Unalaska swimmers face surprise competition at their meet; and a 6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes about 70 miles east of Chignik Bay.
  • The final results are in, and they confirm all preliminary results.Election officials determined all final results Friday morning after canvassing 37 absentee and questioned ballots at City Hall. 510 ballots were counted in total, after eight were ruled unqualified due to a lack of voter registration, a registration outside of Unalaska, or not indicating U.S. citizenship.
  • Unalaska drops its local COVID-19 risk factor to “low” after a reduction in active cases on the island; public safety partners with faith organizations to bridge gaps between the community and local law enforcement; and a potential gold mine is being explored in Western Alaska.
  • All of Unalaska’s candidate races were decided in Tuesday’s Municipal Election.