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8:29pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Regional

Greenpeace Protestors Barred from Approaching Shell Vessels

Shell's Kulluk drill rig in Unalaska

It’s highly unlikely that Unalaskans will get to see the likes of Xena, Warrior Princess, chained to a Shell drill ship this summer.

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8:09pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Crime

Two Processors Charged with Sexual Assault

Two processors were arraigned on sexual assault charges in Unalaska on Thursday. Diego Mayuyo, 48, and Ismael Balallo, 45, allegedly attacked a woman at a Unisea bunkhouse on Tuesday night.

Both are accused of engaging in unwanted sexual contact with the woman. Balallo is also accused of penetrating the woman without her consent. For that he’s charged with sexual assault in the first degree, which is an unclassified felony, the most serious level of offense.

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7:10pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Local Government

City Rushes Mooring Buoy Funding

The disabled vessel Golden Seas on its way into port.

Unalaska is a designated ‘port of refuge’ for disabled vessels in the Aleutian Islands, but when it comes to the massive ships that pass by on the Great Circle route, that title doesn’t mean much. That’s because many of them are too big to tie up at the docks and there’s nowhere else for them to securely anchor.

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11:20am

Thu March 29, 2012
Regional

King Cove Counting on Izembek Road EIS Approval

For decades, the community of King Cove has lobbied for a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to nearby Cold Bay. Proponents say it’s critical for the remote community to have a more reliable way to evacuate medical patients. Meanwhile conservation groups contend it would devastate critical wildlife habitat.

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11:17am

Thu March 29, 2012
Science & Environment

New Dome Growing in Cleveland's Crater

A new lava dome is forming in the crater of Cleveland Volcano.  In response, scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory bumped the aviation alert level from yellow to orange on Wednesday.

It’s the fifth time since July that the Observatory has raised the alert.  A series of small eruptions earlier this month removed the lava dome that had been forming since January. None of the eruptions produced a significant ash cloud and there’s been no activity at the volcano since March 13.

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1:36am

Thu March 29, 2012
Local News

Local Animal Video Goes Viral

What does it take to have a YouTube video go viral? A woman from Unalaska discovered one recipe this week.

KUCB’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports on the unlikely Internet stardom of resident Pam Aus.

12:43am

Thu March 29, 2012
Science & Environment

Research on Bering Sea Canyons Sheds Light on Coral's Role in Ecosystem

Using a tiny submarine, a group of scientists have finally been able to get a good look of what actually goes on in the Bering Sea’s canyons. In the process, they discovered a new species of sponge and got a better idea of how deep-sea corals serve as a habitat for some of Alaska’s commercial fisheries.

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12:22am

Thu March 29, 2012
Industry

Pollock Fleet Sees Quicker Season

Pollock A season is quickly coming to an end. Crews are going home, roe has been auctioned off, and industry players are already looking ahead to what B season will bring.

As of mid-March, the fleet had taken 85 percent of their 472,000 metric ton allocation. They moved at a slightly faster pace than last year, despite having a smaller quota available. They also didn’t have too much trouble with Chinook bycatch – they’ve taken about 6,500 fish so far, and their bycatch rate is comparable to last year and well under the 62,000 fish hard cap that would shut the fishery down.

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11:26pm

Wed March 28, 2012
Regional

Arson Suspected in St. Paul Fire

 

The St. Paul Department of Public Safety has determined that arson was the cause of a February fire that destroyed a large warehouse.

According to The Dutch Harbor Fisherman, police have identified multiple suspects, but no arrests have been made in the case.

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9:05am

Tue March 27, 2012
Industry

Golden King Crab Quota Increased

The world’s supply of king crab legs is about to increase. On Friday the Alaska Board of Fisheries voted to up the Aleutian Islands golden king crab allocation by five percent.

Unlike the other crab fisheries in the Bering Sea, the amount of golden king crab that can be harvested is set in regulation. There’s a model in development that will allow fisheries managers to decide on an annual basis how much crab can be caught sustainably, but that’s still a few years out.

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6:57pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Regional

Arctic Drilling Means Greater Coast Guard Presence in the Bering Sea

With Arctic drilling scheduled to go ahead this summer, Shell Oil is expected to have a big presence in Port of Dutch Harbor. In light of that, the Coast Guard has now committed to stationing more forces there in an effort to keep fish processing operations and other marine activity moving along smoothly.

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6:35pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Science & Environment

Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Research Gets Recognition

For years, Bruce Wright and Ray RaLonde have been keeping a close eye on clams and mussels collected in the Aleutian region. They’ve collected samples from subsistence users and tested them for levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins. Now the Alaska Forum on the Environment has honored the two scientists with a major achievement award for their project.

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6:17pm

Mon March 26, 2012
The Exchange

The Exchange: Sen. Lyman Hoffman

On this segment of The Exchange, Sen. Lyman Hoffman talks about the state of the budget and other happenings in Juneau. 

5:09pm

Fri March 23, 2012
Crime

Two Plead Not Guilty in Beating Death

The two men charged with the murder of seafood processor Jonathan Adams have both pleaded not guilty on all counts.

Leonardo Bongolto, Jr., 34, and Denison Soria, 40, stand accused of beating a co-worker at Bering Fisheries to death in February. The pair had initially been charged with murder in the first degree, but a grand jury brought that charge down. Now, Bongolto faces a charge of murder in the second degree and assault in the first degree. Soria also faces those charges, in addition to another felony charge for tampering with evidence.

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2:19pm

Fri March 23, 2012
Science & Environment

Cleveland Alert Level Lowered

Matthew Davis/NOAA

Scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory have lowered Cleveland Volcano’s aviation alert level. The restless Aleutian volcano exploded three times in a week earlier this month. None of the eruptions produced detectable ash plumes and the Observatory says there’s been no eruptive activity since March 13.

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