Courtesy of GCI

GCI says it won't move forward with bringing broadband communications to Unalaska at this time unless they receive a large grant from the USDA.

The company has put in an application for a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to bring fiber optic broadband connection to communities along the Aleutian Island chain, where connectivity and bandwidth can often be unreliable or difficult to come by.

Melissa Good/Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

Alaska Sea Grant has recieved new federal funds to develop sustainable aquaculture projects in Alaska.  

In Sand Point – a community of about a thousand people out along the Alaska Peninsula and Shumagin Islands – an innovative new seaweed farm is getting underway.

Alaska Sea Grant has partnered with the Aleutians East Borough to set up the first seaweed farm in the Aleutian Islands region, growing two to four different types of edible kelp.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Two more people have been charged in connection with Sand Point's recent fentanyl overdoses, one resulting in the death of a 26-year-old woman from King Cove.

Eileen Dushkin, 36, and Darrin Karlsen, 28, both of Sand Point, were indicted last week on charges of manslaughter and second-degree misconduct involving controlled substances, which are class A felonies.

Aleutians East Borough

Sand Point police responded to two fentanyl overdoses over the weekend, one resulting in the death of a 26-year-old woman from King Cove.

In a statement, officials said they were dispatched to a residence in Sand Point on Aug. 31, following a report of an unresponsive man who may have overdosed. Police and medics began life-saving efforts and transported the man to the Sand Point clinic. He survived after being medevaced from the community for emergency care.  

Aleutians East Borough

An investigation is underway after a Sand Point woman died in corrections custody last month.

Lori Wilson, 42, was being held at the Sand Point jail on June 22 when she had an unspecified "medical emergency."

That's according to a statement by the Alaska State Troopers, who said Wilson was transported to the local clinic and pronounced dead after "life-saving measures were unsuccessful."

Sand Point Police Chief Hal Henning declined to comment on Wilson's death, saying he's asked troopers to investigate what happened.