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Newscast: 01/12/17

Jan 12, 2017

New photos show the dramatic effect of recent volcanic explosions on Bogoslof Island; the Museum of the Aleutians will soon have a new exhibit; and Alaska's senators have introduced legislation to authorize a road between King Cove and Cold Bay.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Staffing at Unalaska’s Department of Public Safety was the focus of Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

City Manager Dave Martinson says there simply aren’t enough police officers to cover the workload. In the last year, he says the department has denied 20 leave requests because of insufficient staffing.

“At the end of the day, I don’t have enough hours of coverage to afford people to do what they need to do to stay fresh,” Martinson said.

The department needs 11 officers. But right now, there are only six.

Chris Waythomas, AVO-USGS


New photos show the dramatic effect of volcanic explosions on Bogoslof Island. The Eastern Aleutian island is home to a volcano that has been erupting since mid-December. Now, the tiny island is even smaller and it’s shaped like a hook.

Chris Waythomas, of the U.S. Geological Survey, says the photos also show ash on the island.

“There’s ash draping over everything,” said Waythomas. “There’s a layer of fine muddy-looking ash covering what was a partially vegetated island.”

Newscast: 01/11/17

Jan 11, 2017

The Unalaska Department of Public Safety doesn't have enough police officers to cover its workload; Alaska’s seafood remains free of detectable Fukushima-related radiation; and shellfish in Sand Point are still registering toxin levels too high for safe consumption.

Newscast: 01/10/17

Jan 10, 2017

Senator Lisa Murkowski wants to slow the repeal of Obamacare; a recap of some of the pre-filed bills in the upcoming state legislative session; the National Marine Fisheries Service revises the total allowable catch for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands; and celebrating Russian Orthodox Christmas.