Newscast: 11/30/2015

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City of Unalaska staff and officials receive awards for their work; and former Unalaska resident Martha Mackowiak talks about surviving a recent plane crash.

Chrissy Roes

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, a work session on commercial marijuana sales in Unalaska prompted an earnest yet respectful debate among attendees.

Just like the results of the online and paper surveys distributed by city staff at a recent public forum on the topic, opinions were split roughly 50/50 for those for and against allowing a cannabis businesses to open on the island.

Newscast: 11/25/2015

Nov 25, 2015

Community members turn out to discuss commercial marijuana businesses in Unalaska; A federal grant helps small Southwest communities grow gardens and food security.

Greta Mart

Tuesday the Unalaska City Council tackles its first public work session on commercial marijuana sales in Dutch Harbor and Unalaska.

While no action will be taken at this meeting, it will be a chance for the community  to hear what their representatives think about whether commercial marijuana should be allowed on the island. Two council members have voiced their interest in banning retail stores.

Newscast: 11/24/2015

Nov 24, 2015

The Unalaska City Council tackles the topic of commercial marijuana sales tonight; today is the deadline for public comment on new proposed rules concerning Alaska Native Corporation shareholder proxies.  

Newscast: 11/23/2015

Nov 23, 2015

It's Thanksgiving week and locals are gearing up for the Turkey Trot and a community discussion about commercial marijuana sales in Unalaska. And Costco says no to GE salmon.

The Groundfish Plan Team met this week in Seattle, and word on the street is that pollock stocks are strong.  Plus, a rundown of harvest levels for the week.

Greta Mart / KUCB

Unalaska's Museum of the Aleutians will be closed for the foreseeable future.  

The museum's board of directors has decided to keep the museum closed while the board conducts a search for a new executive director, collections manager and education programs director.

Board member and city manager David Martinson said this morning that given there is currently now only one employee, the museum would be closed for the time being. He added the board was working to reopen the museum as soon as possible.

FDA approves genetically engineered salmon

Nov 19, 2015

In a blow to Alaska’s salmon industry, the Food and Drug Administration announced this morning it has approved genetically modified salmon, finding it is as safe to eat as natural salmon. It's the first altered animal approved for human consumption in the United States.

Alaska’s industry and congressional delegation have derided the product as “frankenfish."

Here's Senator Lisa Murkowski, speaking this morning in a statement recorded for KUCB:

Newscast: 11/19/2015

Nov 19, 2015

The FDA approves genetically modified salmon, and the Museum of the Aleutians remains closed.