Arts & Culture

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

Courtesy of Kaye Gumera

On Saturday, the community of Unalaska joined Shayla Shaishnikoff, Camp Qungaayux̂ coordinator for the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska, as she launched her first iqyax̂—an Unangax̂ skin-on-frame sea kayak—into Margaret Bay. 


Berett Wilber/KUCB

The Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation's final summer run, the Bobby Johnson Summer Bay Classic Half Marathon wrapped up on Monday in Unalaska. The virtual race was held over the span of a month and participants were asked to submit times and tracking data virtually in order to observe local and statewide COVID-19 health mandates.

The race was split into two categories: runners and cyclists, and also included a 5K fun run—for which results were not tracked. 

Maggie Nelson/KUCB

JoJo is an Unalaskan who loves hiking, loves fish, and enjoys catching up with his neighbors. In other words, he's a lot like most people on the island. The striking thing about JoJo, though, is that he's a cat.


Courtesy of Leticia Holloway

Along with new mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand-washing measures, Unalaska City School District welcomed six new teachers this school year.

Over the past couple of weeks, I've met with the new staff members to learn more about their backgrounds, hobbies, and their transition into the community.

I sat down with Leticia Holloway, Unalaska's new junior high and freshman science teacher during her first week as a new instructor. She's been in Unalaska since 2015 with her husband Kyle Holloway who is also a teacher at the school.

Maggie Nelson/KUCB

The Unalaska City School District opened its doors to students once again last month. And along with new mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand-washing measures, the district has welcomed six new teachers.