A pair of coastal senators -- including Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski -- are racing against the clock to extend an environmental exemption for small-boat fishermen.
Right now, vessel operators aren’t required to hold permits for spilling bilge water or deckwash if their boats are less than 79 feet long. But that waiver is set to expire next month. Legislation that would have made it permanent has stalled out in Congress.
The president of Unalaska's biggest processing company has passed away. Terry Shaff, 67, died this weekend shortly after he began treatment for pancreatic cancer.
Shaff served as UniSea's top executive for 16 years. But his first job at the company was on the ground in Unalaska. When Shaff arrived in the early 1990s, the company was still breaking down fish on a barge.
"It just started out as almost like a remote fish camp and [he] built it right up into a city," says Chris Plaisance, UniSea's corporate human resources director.
An alleged cover-up involving air pollution at the Westward Seafoods plant in Unalaska has landed two former employees in jail.
James Hampton, 45, has been sentenced to 70 days in prison. Hampton was the engineer who used to oversee Westward’s powerhouse -- and a system for reducing nitrogen dioxide emissions from it. But a federal investigation revealed that equipment was hardly ever used between 2009 and 2011 on Hampton’s watch.
A patch of black ice claimed a truck on Airport Beach Road Tuesday morning, without seriously hurting its driver.
The man was heading toward the airport when the car in front of him started to turn into the LFS parking lot. The driver of the green Chevy 4x4 tried to slow down, but he lost control on the slick roads.
"He slid into the ditch, hit and rolled," says police sergeant Bill Simms.
While the driver did have some injuries to his face, Simms said the man decided to take himself to the clinic for treatment.
Typhoon Nuri is expected to reach Shemya and Attu on Friday. (Courtesy of National Weather Service)
An Alaska-sized storm could bring high winds and destructive waves to the Aleutian and Pribilof islands this weekend.
"This low-pressure system is going to be the size of two-thirds of the United States," says Matthew Clay. He's been tracking the storm for the National Weather Service.
Right now, Typhoon Nuri is churning off the coast of Japan. It's been downgraded from a super storm. But Clay says it's going to gather steam once it hits the jet stream and starts traveling across the Pacific Ocean.
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