Arts & Culture

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

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. 

Berett Wilber/KUCB


It's a time of transition at Unalaska Community Broadcasting.

Reporter Zoë Sobel is leaving KUCB's newsroom Friday after more than three years with the radio station.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel asked Sobel what's next for her as a fellow in the Luce Scholars Program, which connects Americans with work experience in Asia.


Lauren Rosenthal

Unalaska Community Broadcasting has covered local news for the past 20 years.

To mark the newsroom's anniversary, KUCB is spending every Thursday of 2019 looking back at our former reporters and sharing some of their stories.

In June, we focused on Lauren Rosenthal, who was with the station from 2012 to 2015. She spoke with KUCB's Laura Kraegel about her time on the island.


KUCB Staff

Over the last 10 years, the Lost Villages Project has helped Unangax̂ people to reconnect with the communities of Makushin, Kashega, Biorka, and Attu — none of which were resettled after the evacuation and Aleutian campaign of World War II.

Now, the project is being commemorated with a film premiere, a museum exhibit, and a reunion trip.


The Museum of the Aleutians is opening a new exhibit June 14.

"Chiilulix: The Long Journey Home" will explore the history of four Aleutian communities that were never resettled after the evacuation of World War II — as well as the Lost Villages Project that eventually helped Unangax̂ survivors and descendants to reconnect with those places.