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Latest Episodes
  • The Alaska Marine Highway Operations Board is working on a five-year plan and a longer-term vision, while Aleutian residents wait for the M/V Tustumena's replacement; one year ago, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued a declaration to remove a slur against Indigenous women from place names on federal lands, but three elementary students in Dillingham had been pushing for change long before the federal government started its process; and both the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Board of Fisheries and the the International Pacific Halibut Commission begin meetings this week.
  • Four Aleutian volcanoes have been under elevated alert levels for about a year, and now they’re joined by a fifth; a woman accused of voting illegally in both Alaska and Florida during the 2020 elections will face charges in a Florida court; and a look back at Gov. Mike Dunleavy's first four years in office, who secured a second term.
  • Alaska’s two Republican U.S. senators joined with Washington state’s two Democratic U.S. senators to request an immediate disaster declaration, aimed to help fishing-dependent communities cope with an unprecedented shutdown of Bering Sea crab fishing; and as tribes around Alaska are trying to find ways to stop climate change from eroding their ways of life, the Bureau of Indian Affairs announced more than $45 million in federal grant money for tribes around the country to address issues spurred by climate change, like access to traditional foods, clean waterways, and infrastructure in small villages.
  • A magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit near Nikolski around 6 a.m. Monday morning, about 48 miles southeast of Umnak Island at a depth of roughly 13 miles; Gov. Mike Dunleavy requested $287 million from the federal government last month for fishermen impacted by the Bering Sea snow crab and Bristol Bay red king crab fisheries closures, but the current process of getting financial relief to fishermen may still take a very long time; and the state of Washington banned fish-farming with net pens in state waters Friday, citing danger to struggling native salmon.
  • Dozens of Unalaskans gathered at the island’s airport to welcome Aleutian Airways’ first commercial flight; Alaska’s two U.S. senators voted in favor of ending debate on a bill to protect same-sex and interracial marriage rights; and state health officials are urging Alaskans to get flu vaccines and take other protective measures as case counts increase rapidly across the country.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says they are moving forward with dredging Unalaska Bay; why gas prices are so high in Alaska; and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has pulled nearly even with Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka.
  • GCI's fiber internet connection could be up and running in Unalaska next month; inmate deaths hit a 20-year high for Alaska; and the long-term weather forecast predicts the state's third La Niña winter in a row.
  • The legal battle over whether to allow a road to be built through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge continues; more than half of Alaska students tested below grade level in reading and math this spring; and a few young Unalaskans say thank you to the Veterans in their lives.
  • U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski follows up on the cleanup of contaminated lands the federal government conveyed to Alaska Native peoples; analysts say incumbent Republican Mike Dunleavy is likely to win a second term as Alaska’s governor; and a bird born in Alaska this past summer flew to the other side of the planet, a distance of nearly 8,500 miles.
  • Unalaska seems to be breaking from one major statewide voting trend in the general election; Alaska voters have rejected holding a constitutional convention; and the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case today that presents a major challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act.