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Theo Greenly


Theo Greenly is a writer, reporter and 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 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?

  • Around a dozen people gathered in downtown Unalaska in front of Chief Alexei Courthouse on Mother’s Day to march in support of federal protections of women’s abortion rights. Around the nation, advocates of abortion rights have been in an uproar since the opinion was leaked in early April, but the court is not set to issue a ruling until early summer.
  • Unalaska’s Class of 2022 is graduating this weekend, and it’s the first time since the pandemic began that the whole community is invited; fentanyl overdoses in the state have become so deadly that one of the tools used to fight them has changed; and Unalaska City Council prepares to hire an interim City Manager.
  • Eight Aleutian businesses were awarded $3,000 each in grants in late April as part of a new “micro grant” program; a group of law professors is critical of the Ninth Circuit for a March split ruling, which cleared the way for a land swap to create a lifesaving road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge; and hundreds of voters in Alaska watched the results in this year's Philippine national election.
  • The Unalaska City School District has agreed to increase staff salaries by 8% over the next three years; and with the Supreme Court on the brink of overturning Roe v. Wade, anti-abortion advocates are excited by the prospect that Alaska could enact an abortion ban.
  • People are still feeling aftershocks from last summer’s 8.2 magnitude Chignik Earthquake; the commander of the U.S. Army in Alaska says his top priority is bringing down the increasing rate of suicide among soldiers stationed in the state; and time is running out for the Alaska State Legislature to pass a bill recognizing Alaska’s 229 Tribes.
  • An Alaska mariculture bill that would allow shellfish to be farmed in hatcheries is one step closer to becoming law; Alaska’s first case of a highly pathogenic avian influenza strain has been confirmed; and University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists are furthering the understanding of water on the moon.
  • The US Navy wants to expand the area its ships are allowed to maneuver for a war games exercise, and that would bring them close to Unalaska; Kodiak Island had the most cases of paralytic shellfish poisoning in the state, according to an April report by state health authorities; and the Unalaska Community Cleanup gears up.
  • Sand Point upgraded its travel lift at the Robert E. Galovin Small Boat Harbor. Also known as a boat gantry crane, the travel lift hoists boats out of the water for repairs or storage. Jordan Keeler is the city administrator for the Eastern Aleutians community. He said the former travel lift was about 40 years old and needed to be replaced.
  • The City of Unalaska will give the school district its full funding request for the upcoming financial year; Gov. Mike Dunleavy says the state is taking the federal government to court to assert the state’s ownership of land beneath navigable waters; and the state of Alaska hires its first investigator focused specifically on missing and murdered Indigenous people.
  • The Alaska Marine Highway System has dropped its mask mandate, nearly two years after imposing it. The department announced the end of its mask requirement on Tuesday, the day after a federal judge struck down a directive from the Biden administration that required masks on public transportation.