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Newscast: 07/19/21

Jul 19, 2021

The telecommunications company laying a new fiber optic line to improve digital connectivity to Unalaska says it's reached a major milestone; communities across Alaska offer cash incentives to urge residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but gift cards and cash can only go so far; and an invasive crab species that has wreaked havoc on animal habitats in New England is spotted just across Alaska's border with Canada.

Maggie Nelson/KUCB

When someone who's injured or sick needs blood, medical providers can clot the blood or increase blood pressure to buy some time before they can get a patient to the hospital.

But when it comes down to it, LifeMed flight paramedic and Unalaska/Dutch Harbor base chief Angela Niemi says no amount of saline solution or clotting medication will save someone who needs a transfusion.

"You'll watch a person just kind of bleed out and die in front of you," Neimi said. "And there's nothing you can do." 

Theo Greenly/KUCB

The Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska is once again accepting aluminum cans for free recycling, putting an end to a 16-month-long pause on recycling on the island. 

The tribe had previously been recycling aluminum cans and plastic bottles, but put the project on hold in March of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered many of the island's facilities.

Hope McKenney/KUCB

Ravn Alaska announced this week that it's upgrading its fleet to offer nonstop flights between Anchorage and Unalaska. 

Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been collecting data on the salmon runs at McLees Lake at Cape Wislow for nearly two decades.