Arts & Culture

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Courtesy of Thomas Drennan McLenigan

Since late June, Unalaska's Museum of the Aleutians has been publishing a series of Instagram posts about historically and locally significant places on the island.

Museum Education Outreach Manager Thomas Drennan McLenigan started the series shortly after he arrived on the island this summer, and said the posts were inspired by some of the hiking he had done in the past.

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Around October every year for the last 19 years, Unalaska High School students have been wading into the Iliuliuk River, under science teacher Steven Gregory's guidance, to collect pairs of spawning salmon.


Last week, students in Gregory's fisheries class stretched a seine net from bank to bank, while another group waded upstream, rhythmically slapping large dip nets on the surface of the water.

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Unalaska's International Longshore and Warehouse Union is hosting a haunted house this Saturday in celebration of Halloween. This is the second year the ILWU has hosted the event.

Jeffrey Garth, vice president of the ILWU Unit 223, and ILWU state officer southwest leader Bruce Barton led me through the dispatch center next to Safeway — giving me a sneak preview of Saturday's haunted house.


Thanks to the generosity of supporters near and far, KUCB’s 2020 pledge drive was a great success. The fall membership event raised $45,000 to support local radio in Unalaska. 

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In honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, which took place on Monday, admission to Unalaska's Museum of the Aleutians will be free to the public through Saturday. 

Museum Director Ginny Hatfield said the museum will also be celebrating the holiday through a social media campaign in an effort to decolonize the nation's history. Museum staff plan to use the campaign as a platform to speak with Indigenous people in the region, as well as Unangax̂ community members.