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The U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for two people who went missing Tuesday after their ship sank north of Unalaska. Coast Guard officials made the announcement Thursday evening after a cutter, a helicopter crew, and several volunteer vessels spent more than 40 hours looking for the crew members of the sunken M/V Exito. The ship went down late Tuesday night with five people onboard. Within an hour, three were rescued by a Good Samaritan vessel. But there's been no sign of the two...

Newscast: 12/08/16

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The search continues for two people that went missing after they abandoned a sinking ship north of Unalaska Bay; the Museum of the Aleutians may be undergoing staffing changes; and 300 dead puffins have washed up on St. Paul Island in the past two months.

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The search continues for two people that went missing Tuesday night after they abandoned a sinking ship north of Unalaska Bay. On Wednesday, Petty Officer Meredith Manning said a U.S. Coast Guard cutter and three volunteer vessels combed waters around the island, b ut they found no sign of the crewmembers missing from the M/V E​xito. "The Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley searched through the night," she said. "Now, the plan is for the helicopter they have onboard to conduct a search." That...

Chrissy Roes / KUCB

The Museum of the Aleutians may be undergoing staffing changes. At a meeting Wednesday, the museum’s board of directors held a lengthy executive session to discuss "personnel issues" behind closed doors. They didn't make any public announcements afterwards. The museum has had two full-time staffers start work since this summer. Executive Director Neal Hitch began in August and hired a collections manager soon after. Hitch also helped reopen the museum, which was closed for about a year after...

COASST Island Sentinels

In the past two months, 300 dead puffins have washed up on St. Paul Island, alarming residents who had only seen six carcasses over the last decade. The die-off appears to be slowing down now, but scientists say it could be the sign of a much larger ecosystem problem. Lauren Divine didn't panic when St. Paul residents found a few dead puffins on the beach in mid-October. "The first day was a tufted puffin. The next day was a horned puffin. I didn't think too much about it ," said Divine, c o...

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