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Twenty cruise ships are slated to call on the city this year. That'll set a new record, according to Director Carlin Enlow of the Unalaska Visitors Bureau.

"We were going to have 13 cruise ships a couple years ago and three of them canceled," she said. "We went down to eight last year. So to have 20 cruise ships this year is a huge, huge increase."

The first vessel will arrive May 6, with cruise season continuing through the end of September.

Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team

Volcanic eruptions on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula have delayed and canceled flights in the Aleutian Islands over the last several days.

Bezymianny Volcano exploded Friday, throwing ash 50,000 feet into the air — some 1,300 miles from Unalaska.

Meanwhile, Sheveluch Volcano has remained restless since an eruption last month, with a growing lava dome and continued ash emissions.

Chrissy Roes

In 2018, Ravn Air Group purchased PenAir — the carrier that's long served as the primary connection between Anchorage and the Aleutian-Pribilof region.

For months following the buy-out, Ravn Alaska declined and did not respond to interview requests. But this month, KUCB's Zoë Sobel finally spoke with Chief Commercial Officer Derek Shanks to learn why the carrier wants to expand in Southwest.  

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Thanks to a new direct flight, Unalaskans are bringing food and clothes to their northern neighbors on St. George Island, some 200 miles across the Bering Sea.

The community of 60 people has already received dozens of boxes filled with canned goods, winter clothing, and spare blankets.

"I can't thank the people enough in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor for caring about us," said Mayor Pat Pletnikoff of St. George. "It's pretty amazing."

Zoe Sobel/KUCB

Next year, the Tustumena ferry is tentatively scheduled to make its first Aleutian sailing on May 7, according to a summer calendar proposed by the Alaska Marine Highway System.

The draft shows the M/V Tustumena making two monthly trips along the southwest route from Homer to Unalaska. They're slated for the first and third weeks of each month.

State officials say the ferry is expected to make 10 Aleutian sailings in total.

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