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Greta Mart / KUCB

Unalaska's Museum of the Aleutians will be closed for the foreseeable future.  

The museum's board of directors has decided to keep the museum closed while the board conducts a search for a new executive director, collections manager and education programs director.

Board member and city manager David Martinson said this morning that given there is currently now only one employee, the museum would be closed for the time being. He added the board was working to reopen the museum as soon as possible.

New Assessment Test Under Fire

Nov 18, 2015
Greta Mart / KUCB


Unalaska School District superintendent John Conwell says according to recently released scores from a new statewide assessment test, Unalaska students are on track with the rest of the state.

The assessment test is called the Alaska Measures of Progress, or AMP.

"Looks like we are at or slightly above the state of Alaska median scores, when you compare our district with the state," Conwell said.

Conwell said he is happy with the results.

Museum Of The Aleutians Director Resigns

Nov 13, 2015
Chrissy Roes / KUCB

The head of Unalaska's Museum of the Aleutians resigned this week after being reprimanded for breaching museum protocol.

Executive director Zoya Johnson's resignation was the latest development in a chain of events that temporarily closed the museum and prompted questions over the security of items donated to the museum's collection since the late 1990s.

Johnson delivered her notice prior to a museum board meeting on Monday, Nov. 9. The board continued that meeting on Nov. 13, and voted early Friday afternoon to accept Johnson's resignation.

High Wind In Unalaska Blows Out Windows

Nov 11, 2015
Greta Mart / KUCB

A powerful windstorm blew through Unalaska Wednesday, closing schools and causing minor damage. 

Meteorologist David Kochevar at the National Weather Service office in Anchorage said his agency clocked wind speeds of 91 miles per hour at the Dutch Harbor Airport around 6:30 a.m. A wind gust clocking in at 93 miles per hour hit the Akutan airport at 6:35 a.m.

Sustained gusts blew over 70 miles per hour on Captains Bay throughout Tuesday night. 


  This week, wind gusts in the eastern Aleutians could reach over one hundred miles per hour.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for Unalaska from Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon.

The forecast is for rain and a south wind to blow a sustained 40 to 55 miles per hour, with possible gusts up to 75 miles per hour Tuesday evening. Those gusts could increase to 100 mile per hour on Wednesday morning.