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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, co-director of St. Paul's Ecosystem Conservation Office (ECO). 

Courtesy NOAA Fisheries

Alaska’s endangered Steller sea lion population continues its precipitous decline. The 2016 survey by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows an overall increase in the number of Steller sea lions across Alaska, but a mysterious drop in parts of the western stock.

Newscast: 12/07/16

7 hours ago

Two people are missing after a commercial fishing vessel sank near Unalaska; the state's endangered Steller sea lion population continues its precipitous decline; and an Alaskan has officially joined the transition team of President-elect Donald Trump. 

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Updated: 11:33 a.m. 

Two people are missing after a commercial fishing vessel sank near Unalaska Tuesday night, forcing crewmembers to abandon ship.

Around 10 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard received reports that the 117-foot Exito was taking on water north of Unalaska Bay.

Petty Officer Meredith Manning said Air Station Kodiak sent a rescue helicopter crew to respond, while four vessels nearby volunteered to help.

Newscast: 12/06/16

Dec 6, 2016

The Museum of the Aleutians has a new exhibit for the first time in more than a year; Kloosterboer is investigating the cause of an ammonia leak that seriously injured one of its employees; and the Alaska Department of Education has chosen a new vendor for statewide student assessments.