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Newscast: 08/16/17

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The M/V Tustumena returns to service; St. George Islanders receive an apology from the federal government for their internment during WWII; and a fire ravages the fish processing plant in Port Moller. 

Courtesy of Jared Weems

In the Pribilof Islands, no one’s gotten an accurate count of blue king crab since the population crashed hard in the 1980s.

This summer, a marine biologist is trying to change that, with the species’ first in-depth study in more than 30 years.

His ultimate goal: Determine if blue crab can make a comeback — or if it’s gone for good.

It’s a foggy day on St. Paul Island, and Jared Weems  is itching for the weather to clear up. He wants to get out on the water and back to work.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Campers huddle in the hallway of the Burma Road Chapel dressed as sea otter hunters. The kids adjust their bentwood visors as community members file into rows of folding chairs. 

“Am I missing any whiskers?” one girl asks.

“One of them broke,” says the boy next to her.

With costumes complete, they're ready to perform an Unangan folk tale they’ve practiced all week at Camp Adguyax, about a greedy otter hunter who betrays the octopus that helps him.The “whiskers” on their paper visors aren't genuine sea lion, but imitation — beach grass, strung with beads.

Newscast: 08/15/17

Aug 15, 2017

Young Unalaskans celebrated Unangan culture at Camp Adguyax last week; the CEO of telecom company Quintillion has resigned; and Alaska's U.S. senators have condemned the violent demonstration by white nationalists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, VA.

Newscast: 08/14/17

Aug 15, 2017

The City of Unalaska is offering a week of free bus service as part of an island transportation study; Unalaskans have four days left to declare candidacy for the October election; and the state’s largest newspaper has filed for bankruptcy protection.