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State health officials have asked Alaska vaccine providers to follow federal recommendations to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines due to a clotting risk. More than 7 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered across the U.S., but a handful of women have gotten a blood clot afterward, prompting the pause.

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A group of locals stand around a small fire pit outside, but it's not your average weekend island bonfire. Instead of roasting marshmallows or drinking beers around the fire, most of them are dressed in full firefighter gear, waiting for their turn to attack the flames.


One after another, they step up with extinguishers. Unalaska Fire Department Captain Ben Knowles offers feedback and instruction.

Courtesy of USAFV


Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence is in the midst of hosting its annual Soup-Off event. Most local events have been reformatted over the past year due to COVID-19. The Soup-Off is no exception, as it was cancelled last year, at the start of the pandemic, and is now being held virtually to accommodate public health mandates meant to curb the spread of the virus.


Courtesy of APIA Head Start

The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) is bringing a new Head Start facility to Unalaska. The new facility will replace the island’s existing Head Start building. Currently, the Head Start building can only hold about 10 students, aged three to five, due to social distancing mandates meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. The new building can accommodate programming for about six times as many kids.

Roughly 60 students will be able to enroll in the program at the new facility, according to Paula Pinder, the director of family and community development with APIA.

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Unalaska and Dutch Harbor are known for being a community of hard workers. It's a place where people might spend well over 12 hours a day at their jobs, often in rough conditions. And on an island where the sun doesn't rise until around 9 in the morning for several months out of the year, coffee is essential.


But, Unalaska has very few options for coffee to-go, and no operating drive-through coffee stands.