Arts & Culture

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

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

The KUCB newsroom is taking a hiatus this month.

Staring next July 8, there will be no local newscasts for four weeks.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel sat down with General Manager Lauren Adams to discuss why the radio station is taking a news break — and what listeners should expect.


Nichel Kernin/PCR

Thirty-eight athletes participated in the two-mile Summer Solstice Run last Friday, starting at the Carl E. Moses Boat Harbor.  

For the first time in several years, the sun made a prominent showing for the race, organized by Unalaska's Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation.

PCR Sports Recreation Coordinator Chris DiGiro said the weather was "fairly warm" and that the majority of racers signed up beforehand, which was helpful for the staff.

"It really helps make on-site registration quicker for everybody," said DiGiro.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

After spending years on Standard Oil Hill, the Qawalangin Tribe has leased a new home in the valley.

The tribe moved into the former Unalaska Building Supply this spring. KUCB's Laura Kraegel stopped by for a tour.

"On the east side, outside of the building, you'll see the big sign that says 'Recycle Center,'" says Shayla Shaishnikoff of the tribe's environmental department.

Shaishnikoff is pointing out the new 24-hour drop-off for its recycling program.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Every year, KUCB takes time to evaluate the station's programming with help from the community advisory board.

The group met last week and asked the station to increase volunteerism, update music and informational modules, and play "throwback" shows from former deejays. 

KUCB's Laura Kraegel sat down with General Manager Lauren Adams to hear more about the advisory board — and how she's planning to use their feedback.


Vic Fisher

More than 100 Unalaskans attended the grand opening of the new Town Park playground Saturday, July 15, starting at 5:30 p.m. The opening included several speeches by contributors to the new park, as well as a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community barbecue.

The event began as Director of the City of Unalaska Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation Roger Blakeley gave a quick welcome message and introduced Mayor Frank Kelty.

"This park is very different than what we had before. It's safer, and it just really looks great," said Kelty.