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Courtesy of ADF&G

If you have a P.O. box in Unalaska or Dutch Harbor, it's likely you've received a bright orange postcard in the past few days. That card is a notification for an upcoming subsistence harvest survey through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The survey is part of a larger project, according to Jackie Keating, a researcher with ADF&G's subsistence division. And the goal of that project is to document local knowledge and concerns about subsistence harvesting.

Hope McKenney/KUCB

The nation's sole heavy icebreaker arrived in the Aleutians this week for the first time since 2013.

The U.S. Coast Guard's Polar Star is preparing to patrol Alaska's Arctic waters, including the maritime boundary line separating the U.S. and Russia.

The Polar Star sits in the Port of Dutch Harbor. The ship is nearly 400 feet long and can break ice up to 21 feet thick. 

The ship arrived with 136 crew members on Tuesday for a pit stop 30 days into a months-long deployment to the Arctic to assert maritime sovereignty and security in the far north.

Bering Sea Storm Could Set Record Low Pressure

Dec 29, 2020
Courtesy of Rick Thoman

The collision of a warm, wet weather front with a mass of cold air from Siberia could set a new record: the lowest barometric pressure recorded in the North Pacific. 

That could mean hurricane-force winds and high seas in the Southwestern Bering Sea. 

"This storm is generating a lot of interest from weather watchers around the world," said climate specialist Rick Thoman of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Courtesy of Ginny Hatfield



If you head to Unalaska's Museum of the Aleutians Instagram page, you'll quickly notice a number of posts about local places, ranging from the iconic Mount Ballyhoo to often overlooked places, like the turnout on the S-curves, overlooking Unalaska Bay.