Schasteen Steps Up as Fire Chief

Friday, March 06 2015

(Annie Ropeik/KUCB)

Unalaska has a new fire chief. Twenty-year department veteran Zac Schasteen will take over the job starting Monday.

He’s been filling in as acting chief since November, when former fire chief Abner Hoage left to take the same job in Ketchikan. 

But Schasteen has been with the department for most of his life, starting as a 16-year-old volunteer fire cadet and going on to be an EMT, firefighter and police officer. 

"It’s been my passion since I was a kid," he says. "I’ve always really enjoyed public service. I just like it."

Radio Stations Weigh Rural Impact of Proposed Public Media Cut

Thursday, March 05 2015

Public radio and TV in Alaska could lose $2.5 million next year if a proposed state budget cut goes through. As lawmakers try to spare towns with only one source for broadcast information, KUCB's Annie Ropeik reports that distinction might not be so easy to make. 

Shell's Revised Arctic Moorage Plan Passes Muster

Friday, March 06 2015

For the next four years, Shell's Arctic drill rigs will have a home in Unalaska.

Tuesday 03 March 2015
Channel 8 has more than 30 years of video history in our archives. There are about 1900 tapes in our attic that are rapidly degrading. Tapes need to be digitized for our permanent archive, and for local viewing and use.We are in the midst of a campaign to raise $8,000 in order to digitize 10% of our tape collection. Digitizing tapes will allow us to use, share, and preserve this valuable content.  
What can you do?
  • All donations are appreciated.  Check out our campaign here.  Keep an eye on our fundraising campaign page, and our Facebook page, because we'll be posting more highlights from the archives throughout the next two months.  
  • We are looking for a broad support base from people who have been involved in Channel 8 over the years, including folks who have moved away from our community.  We couldn't possibly track down contact information for all of the friends of Channel 8, so we hope that YOU will share the link with your friends near and far in an effort to reach as many potential supporters as we possibly can.

Talk of the Town

Thanks for Supporting the Channel 8 Auction

Tuesday, March 03 2015

Last week's auction brought in over $19,000 to support local TV station Channel 8.  As always, the Auction draws tremendous resources and we couldn't thank everyone who pitched in to make the event possible.  TelAlaska provided us with 6 phone lines this year, resulting in more bidding and fewer busy signals.  We are grateful to the City of Unalaska PCR Department for use of the Burma Road Chapel, and Bryan Stafford and North Pacific Fuel for donating food for our staff and volunteers.  We appreciate the 60 people who volunteered, and the generosity of local businesses who donated items in a tremendous show of community support!  Most of all, thanks to YOU for bidding high.   The next challenge is collecting money and sending items home with winners.  We're here every day this week from 10:30 AM until 6 PM.  Not sure if you won an item?  Check out our auction results.  We're also in the midst of our Channel 8 Pledge Drive and it's not too late to renew your Channel 8 membership.  Our pledge drive will continue through March 11th, when we hold the drawing for an Alaska Airlines plane ticket LIVE on Flash! Unalaska.    

UCSD Student of the Week: John Garduque

Monday, March 02 2015

Student of the week for February 9 - 13, 2015.

The High School Department selected John Garduque as student of the week for the following reasons:

John Garduque is an outstanding student in my Spanish class!!! His maturity and attitude are great examples for the other students! He always strives for perfection and does his assignments the best he can. He is a delight to have in class. - Mrs. Roraback, Spanish Teacher (Click through to read more.)

Unalaska Birding
Saturday, March 07 2015, 11 a.m. - Saturday, March 28 2015, 1 p.m.
Dr. Seuss Birthday Party
Saturday, March 07 2015, 2 p.m. - Saturday, March 07 2015, 4 p.m.
Donation Day & Sort Sunday
Sunday, March 08 2015, noon - 4 p.m.
Going Away Party for City Manager Chris Hladick
Sunday, March 08 2015, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
UCS Spring Break
Monday, March 09 2015 - Friday, March 13 2015
City Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 10 2015, 6 p.m.
Second Blessings!
Saturday, March 14 2015, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

a random sample...
Assistance Rendered
Wednesday 18 February 2015, 11:16 a.m.
Officer assisted EMS personnel with an ambulatory patient who complained about having fallen off his bed.
Disorderly Conduct
Thursday 19 February 2015, 2:55 p.m.
Officer responded to a processing vessel regarding an alleged trespasser, and found that previously terminated employee who had returned to get his final paycheck was taking advantage of the opportunity to mouth off at some of his former coworkers. The officer advised the man to leave and not return, or else risk arrest.
Friday 20 February 2015, 4:17 p.m.
Thursday 19 February 2015, 2:54 p.m.
Officer advised a man, per the Harbor Office, that he was no longer welcome at the Bobby Storrs Small Boat Harbor.

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