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

Reporting from Alaska and Washington state throughout 2015, John Ryan covered Shell Oil's ultimately unsuccessful attempts to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean. 

The Radio-Television Digital News Association deemed his work for KUCB and for Seattle NPR station KUOW the best continuing coverage at any radio station in Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Idaho or Washington in 2015.  

Courtesy LifeMed

After establishing service in January, medevac company LifeMed says it will only serve Dutch Harbor seasonally.

This year the base will be open for A-season fishing; in the future, the company hopes to stay longer.

But before a year-round base is feasible, Erika Fenn, a business specialist for LifeMed, says there are logistics that need to be resolved.

PFD Use Rare In Port

Apr 18, 2016
Greta Mart

A fisherman on a Dutch Harbor-based trawler died last week, but not while he was working out at sea. Divers found his body underneath the dock where his employer's boat is berthed. Police are still investigating, but it appears the crewman fell in the water unseen upon returning from a night out on the town.

While fishing the Bering Sea is no longer the deadliest job, there's no guarantee port will be any safer. Yet wearing a life jacket once the boat is docked is decidedly uncommon. 

John Sarvis via Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski continues to push for reliable emergency medical transportation to King Cove.

Murkowski says the only solution for the community of 900 is an 11 mile gravel road connecting King Cove to Cold Bay through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

Greta Mart

Public safety officials from around the region are gathered in Dutch Harbor discussing tsunami preparedness this week.

Dan Belanger of the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says it's important for families and businesses to be prepared.

"Out here you’re on your own. You’re in Dutch Harbor. You’re in Alaska. You’re along way from -- I won’t say a long way from nowhere -- but you’re a long way from everything else. You have to be self sufficient, self-reliant. It may be awhile to get some help, so just being prepared," Belanger said.