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

Courtesy Brent Paine

 

Bering Sea pollock fishermen had a close encounter Wednesday with Russian military vessels conducting pre-planned exercises, according to industry officials and a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman.

"They are telling American fishing vessels to move out of the way," said Brent Paine, executive director of United Catcher Boats, an industry trade group. "They've got some submarines and destroyers and nobody knows anything about it."

Hope McKenney/KUCB

 

The Alaska Marine Highway Reshaping Work Group meets Wednesday in the first of its two public forums, and is requesting public comment on the future of its 10-ferry fleet. 

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Two airlines are vying to resume direct flights connecting Unalaska with Anchorage. Servant Air and Float Alaska have each made filings stating they would like to fill the gap left by Ravn which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. 

Berett Wilber/KUCB

 

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.  

 

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