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

Courtesy of GCI

Unalaskans could see a significant boost in internet service by late 2022, if GCI completes work to lay fiber cable as planned. 

The telecommunications company launched a marine survey as part of its AU-Aleutians Fiber Project last month. That work will take place into the summer, according to GCI senior manager of corporate communications and community engagement Jenifer Nelson.

Courtesy of Michael Livingston

 

For years, a small American flag was all that marked the grave of George Fox. Now, his resting place will finally be recognized. 

Every year, Unangax̂ Elder Gertrude Svarny visits the Russian Orthodox cemetery in Unalaska and puts a tiny U.S. flag on an unmarked grave.

 

The grave is for her childhood friend George Fox, an Unangax̂ man who died during World War II.

Courtesy of Hap Kremer

 

For the first two weeks of May, the tiny Aleutian community of Cold Bay hosted hundreds of military service members who gathered to assess equipment and tactics in the unique Aleutian environment. 

Hope McKenney/KUCB

This summer is shaping up to be another quiet tourism season in Unalaska. While public health mandates and regulations loosen, things like reduced ferry service to the island, ongoing regulatory battles keeping large cruise ships out of port and lingering fears about the risks of COVID-19 will likely mean Unalaska's shores will remain mostly void of visitors for the second year in a row.

Courtesy of the Alaska Volcano Observatory

Scientists have downgraded the alert level for an Aleutian volcano that began showing an increase in signs of eruption and emitting harmful ash late last week. 

According to Dave Schneider, a geophysicist with the Alaska Volcano Observatory, over the last several weeks, satellites and pressure sensor data revealed ramped up activity at Semisopochnoi Volcano, which is located on an uninhabited island in the Rat Islands about 600 miles southwest of Unalaska. 

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