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Courtesy of Danielle Whittern


Unalaskans hit the ground running, headed for the creeks and bays earlier this month when the island's annual Silver Salmon Derby began. The Unalaska Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation's event ended Sept. 14 and several prizes were awarded through daily drawings and given to participants who submitted the largest fish overall.

Sarah Spelsberg

Unalaska is the largest community in the state without a critical access hospital, with a population of 4,500 year-round residents that more than doubles during peak fishing seasons.

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, medical workers and politicians were unsure how bad the pandemic would get. And concern over the availability of ventilators — machines that help a patient breathe or breathe for them — intensified.

Gerry Cobban Knagin

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking help from the public in its investigation of a Dutch Harbor-based fishing vessel that was lost off the Alaska Peninsula along with five crew members.

Courtesy of Kaye Gumera

On Saturday, the community of Unalaska joined Shayla Shaishnikoff, Camp Qungaayux̂ coordinator for the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska, as she launched her first iqyax̂—an Unangax̂ skin-on-frame sea kayak—into Margaret Bay. 


City of Cold Bay

Officials reported two positive cases of COVID-19 in the Alaska Peninsula village of Cold Bay over the weekend. This marks 11 confirmed cases in the community of roughly 50 people.

Upon receiving the positive test results, the unnamed individuals were placed in isolation, according to Eastern Aleutian Tribes, the regional tribal healthcare provider, which operates Cold Bay's Anna Livingston Memorial Clinic.