Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reporting on news and community topics. Arts and culture coverage is occasionally submitted by community members.

Maggie Nelson/KUCB

 

On Thursday evening, around 9 p.m. a bald eagle made its way into the Alaska Ship Supply grocery store in Unalaska. 

From outside, the store appeared closed and quiet — the lights were off and the parking lot was virtually empty, except for two local cop cars. On the inside, however, store employees, local law enforcement and a volunteer were pursuing the unwelcome guest, waving long PVC pipes and tossing blankets and pieces of cardboard, in an attempt to maneuver the bird out of the large building. 

 

Courtesy of Hannah Vowell

February is Black History Month, a time when schools, libraries, and organizations across the nation often pause to celebrate Black history and recognize the United States' violent and unjust treatment of Black people.

But in Unalaska, many teachers aren't doing anything special in their classrooms this month because they are working to include Black history and perspectives in their lesson plans year round.

Courtesy of Tom Cohenour

Piles of melting snow line the streets and crowd parking lots across the island, shrinking by the hour, as they freeze and eventually melt into Unalaska's bays and rivers. 

They are the remainder of the community's first major snow storm of the season: a storm that brought with it heavy snow drifts, a surge in snow shovel sales at the local stores and very long days for the city's roads crew.

 

Maggie Nelson/KUCB

In the past couple of weeks, the City of Unalaska has oscillated between its high and medium coronavirus risk levels, shifting in and out of "hunker down" orders.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

 

 

As 2020 comes to an end, KUCB's newsroom takes a step back to reflect and share some of the most noteworthy news that was produced over the year.

 

The onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March brought the closure of schools and public facilities, forcing people into their homes and away from friends and family.

 

Despite that isolation and a string of local tragedies, moments of hope and unity stood out throughout the year in Unalaska.

 

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