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.

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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.

Greta Mart / KUCB

For the past few years, the city has been planning an expansion of the Unalaska Public Library. Built in 1999, an expansion project was scheduled to get underway in 2018, says Librarian Karen Kresh.

"There have been plans to expand the library by about 7500 square feet," Kresh said, adding that the expansion project that was started by the previous librarian, Dan Masoni.

"Part of the reason for the expansion is because there were state funds that were available to help cities with new library buildings and major library expansions," Kresh said.

Newscast: 11/18/2015

Nov 18, 2015

The Unalaska Public Library wins awards and reevaluates a planned expansion project; Seafood processors learn new skills at a workshop in Kodiak. 

New Assessment Test Under Fire

Nov 18, 2015
Greta Mart / KUCB


Unalaska School District superintendent John Conwell says according to recently released scores from a new statewide assessment test, Unalaska students are on track with the rest of the state.

The assessment test is called the Alaska Measures of Progress, or AMP.

"Looks like we are at or slightly above the state of Alaska median scores, when you compare our district with the state," Conwell said.

Conwell said he is happy with the results.

Attention KUCB Web Users:  Our organization is launching a brand new website.  We are excited to premiere our new look, and we expect to start the roll-out on Wednesday, November 18th.  Please expect broken links, and possible full web outages, as we transition to the new system. We expect our new page to be fully functional by Monday, November 23rd.  We appreciate your patience.  Please let us know what you think of the new look!

Greta Mart / KUCB

Out of over 7400 contaminated sites around Alaska, a hundred are in Unalaska and Dutch Harbor. That's among the highest concentration of contaminated sites in the state, besides Adak.

Greta Mart / KUCB

Alaska's Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott made an official visit to Unalaska on Nov. 6 and 7, 2015. During his stay, Mallott stopped into the KUCB studio for an in-depth interview on issues important to Unalaska residents.

We aired a portion of this interview on the Nov. 11, 2015 noon and five p.m. newscasts. Here is the entire 25-minute interview, during which Mallott speaks about housing, ferry service, airfare prices and looming cuts to state services and programs.