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Stories from the KUCB Newsroom from the Aleutian Region, the Pribilof Islands, the Alaska Peninsula, and beyond.

St. Paul, Alaska
KUCB/John Ryan

On the remote Pribilof Island of St. Paul, the school year started off with roughly 25 percent of students doing home-based education, despite the fact that the school was open to students.

As the year has progressed, most of those students have returned. But like in many remote areas in Alaska, St. Paul remains on high alert because the effects of returning to distance-based education in the small community of just 397 people could be particularly devastating.

Hope McKenney/KUCB

Ravn Alaska will return to six Alaska communities on Friday, with regularly scheduled public chartered flights offered by Ravn Travel. 

Tickets are now available for scheduled flights between Anchorage and Unalaska, Sand Point, Homer, Kenai and Valdez, according to Ravn CEO Rob McKinney. 

Courtesy of Bret Newbaker

A $9 million settlement will be paid to survivors and families of those lost at sea last New Year's Eve after a Dutch Harbor fishing vessel sank off the Alaska Peninsula. 

The company that owned the fishing vessel Scandies Rose will pay out from its insurance policy to the families of four deceased fishermen and two survivors that worked on the 130-foot crab boat.

National Tsunami Warning Center

 

Updated 10/19/2020 at 3:20 p.m.

Just after 3 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service downgraded a tsunami warning to an advisory for much of the Kenai Peninsula and along the Aleutian Chain. 

Unalaska is approximately 80 miles southwest of the advisory zone, according to the Department of Public Safety, and no evacuation has been issued. 

This is a developing story. 

 

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Updated 10/19/2020 at 2:45 p.m.  

Courtesy of Eric Stone/KRBD

 

The federal government says it's investing $46.5 million to bring high speed internet to communities across coastal Alaska. That's expected to improve internet speeds in Southeast Alaska and out as far as the Aleutians.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue made the announcement Tuesday. He says he understands Alaskans are isolated by geography.

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