Arts & Culture

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

KUCB Staff

After a summer of software and equipment upgrades, KUCB is planning to finish its studio overhaul by the end of the month.

That means listeners can expect the radio station's regular schedule to return soon.

"We will have all of the regular shows back on the air," said General Manager Lauren Adams. "Right now, we're running music during times when you'd usually have a show — and also having more mistakes than usual. Just because I'm trying to manage two automation systems and it's a bit of a juggle."

Hope McKenney/KUCB

New classes at this summer's Camp Qungaayux taught kids traditional Unangax̂ skills they haven't learned in previous years. 

Organized by the Qawalangin Tribe, the culture camp brought 68 kids to Unalaska's Humpy Cove for a weeklong celebration of Unangax̂ tradition. Now in its 22nd year, the July program had more kids and classes than ever before. 

"There are two new classes," said Shayla Shaishnikoff, the camp coordinator. "One of them is drum-making. Another one is ayaakux̂. It's dart-making and a dart game."

Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation

Unalaskans will celebrate Saturday's Heart of the Aleutians festival at a new location.

This year, the festival is billed as a downtown block party rather than an Unalaska Valley event at Kelty Field.

"We thought it would be fun to try a new location," said Nick Cron of the city's Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation. "The softball field has been pretty damp, so we wanted to try something new."

Cron said the festival's food, games, and live music will unfold along Broadway Ave. between Town Park and 5th Street.

KUCB Archive

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 August, we focused on Annie Ropeik, who was with the station from 2013 to 2015. She spoke with KUCB's Zoë Sobel about making the move from the East Coast to Unalaska.


Matt Scott

The 2019 Bobby Johnson Summer Bay Classic took place Saturday, August 10th beginning at the intersection in front of the community center. This annual half marathon is a memorial to the late Bobby Johnson and this year eight runners and three cyclists participated. 

The weather was slightly foggy but relatively warm for athletes as they made their way over Overland Drive and around Summer Bay Lake. The race began at 2pm for the long distance runners. The first place runner finished in a little over an hour and 52 minutes.