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

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The community of Unalaska/Dutch Harbor has been without reliable air service since a fatal plane crash on the island late last year. 

Long before that, however, Unalaskans, fishermen, and other industry workers trying to get to and from the island have faced travel woes from harsh weather to a short runway at the base of a steep mountain to ever-changing airlines selling consistently high-priced seats. 

ProPublica is partnering with KUCB and CoastAlaska to boost investigative reporting in the Aleutians. The investigative journalism nonprofit announced Friday that six public radio station reporters are joining its Local Reporting Network. The partnership begins September 1 and will last one year. 

 

KUCB’s partnership with ProPublica will allow us to bring back our former reporter, Zoë Sobel. The program will cover Sobel’s salary and benefits for the year, through funding from the Abrams Foundation.  

 

Ravn Alaska

 

The company that bought Ravn's core assets initially hoped to relaunch operations around this time, but the new owners now say that they hope to resume flying in another month, in mid-September.

Rob McKinney is the new chief executive of the rebranded company, Ravn Alaska, and he says some unforeseen challenges delayed the relaunch of service to the Aleutian Islands, Bristol Bay, and Kenai Peninsula.

Courtesy of 1-52 Avn Regt (GSAB)

For the first time in two years, the U.S. Army is conducting helicopter training exercises in the Aleutian Islands. The mission is designed to test pilots' capabilities navigating over water and landing in mountainous areas. 

10 soldiers and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters from the Fort Wainwright base in Fairbanks, will be flying in the region as they transit to Eareckson Air Station on Shemya Island, near the westernmost tip of the Aleutian Island Chain. 

 

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After RavnAir Group cancelled the auction process to sell off its assets earlier this month, a Southern California commuter flight service — FLOAT Shuttle — struck a deal with the bankrupt airline to buy the Part 121 federal operating certificates from Ravn-operated airlines PenAir and Corvus. 

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