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


Every year, the Aleutian and Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA) awards grants to aspiring entrepreneurs from the region.

Current and former residents may apply, but their businesses must be located in one of the 12 Aleutian and Pribilof communities: Adak, Akutan, Atka, Cold Bay, King Cove, Nikolski, False Pass, Nelson Lagoon, Sand Point, St. George, St. Paul, and Unalaska.

This year, APICDA has choosen three finalists, who are now competing for funding to kickstart their projects. They'll be awarded between $3,000 and $10,000.

United States Coast Guard

Five people were rescued safely from a life raft in the Bering Sea Friday, after their fishing vessel sank about 40 miles west-southwest of Unalaska.

The F/V Pacific 1 first signaled its distress to another commercial fishing vessel, the F/V Kona Kai, which relayed the message to the U.S. Coast Guard.

"It was reported to be taking on water and listing heavily with five people aboard," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Dean.

United States Coast Guard

Eleven days after his body was found on the "west side" of Amaknak Island, the U.S. Coast Guard is still investigating the death of 19-year-old Ethan Kelch.

The crewman died in Unalaska last week while his vessel, the Cutter Douglas Munro, was in port for repairs.

"It's still under investigation, and we can't provide any comments as of yet," said Lt. Brian Dykens of the Coast Guard's public affairs office in Juneau.

This month's episode of Happy Healthy Unalaska discussed special education.  Host M. Lynn Crane was joined by guests Joanna Hinderberger, Principal of Eagle's View Elementary School; Marti Rookala, Eagle's View Elementary Special Education Teacher; and Belty Colborn, USAFV Advocate and parent of an amazing UCSD student. They discussed educating students in a way that addresses individual differences and needs and offered information on local resources.  

United States Coast Guard

Updated 2/4/19

In Unalaska, the U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the death of a crew member of the Cutter Douglas Munro.

Ethan Kelch, 19, was reported missing on the night of Saturday, Jan. 26, according to Lt. Brian Dykens of Coast Guard Public Affairs.

After a ground and air search, the Virginia man was found unresponsive that Sunday on the "west side of Amaknak Island."

"The Cutter Douglas Munro was in port receiving repairs, and the incident occurred early Sunday morning," said Dykens.