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1:58pm

Wed March 14, 2012
Science & Environment

Cleveland Continues to Erupt

Cleveland Volcano has exploded for the third time in just over a week.  The latest eruption on Tuesday afternoon was relatively small, according to a release from the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Scientists at the Observatory weren’t able detect an ash cloud associated with this event or either of the other two.  There’s no real-time monitoring equipment on Cleveland, but distant seismic stations picked up the blast.

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5:25pm

Tue March 13, 2012
Industry

Fishing Remains Deadliest Profession in Alaska

Despite significant improvements since the early 90s, fishing is still the most deadly profession in Alaska, according to a new report from the state’s Department of Labor.

Sara Verrelli is a research analyst in charge of the state’s occupational fatality census.  She says fishing has made up 30 percent of all workplace deaths in Alaska since 1992, when the census began.  That’s a much higher rate than any other industry.

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3:46pm

Tue March 13, 2012
Regional

Southwest Unemployment Drops Dramatically in January

Alaska Department of Labor

Southwest Alaska’s unemployment rate declined sharply in January as the major fishing seasons kicked into gear.

In December, the Aleutians East Borough had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 26.5 percent.  In January, that rate was halved, down to 11.8 percent.  Other parts of the region had even lower unemployment rates in January, with the Aleutians West Census Area, including Unalaska, reaching 7.7 percent - lower than the statewide average.

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11:14am

Tue March 13, 2012
Regional

Supreme Court to Hear Redistricting Case

The fight over redistricting is nearing an end.  The Alaska Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the issue Tuesday and a ruling is expected to follow shortly. 

At the heart of the issue is whether the Redistricting Board’s newly drawn voting districts violate the State Constitution.  Earlier this year a lower court judge ruled that in the case of the Aleutians, they did.  Now it’s up to the Supreme Court to decide the merits of that ruling.

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6:06pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Regional

Lost Crewmember Identified

Joe Haller's Facebook Profile

The crewmember who fell off the fishing vessel Glacier Spirit on Friday afternoon is 19-year-old Joe Haller of Greenville, Pennsylvania, according to Greenville television station WYTV.

WYTV says the 47-foot vessel was fishing crab when Haller went overboard.  The Coast Guard launched a Dolphin helicopter and a C-130 aircraft, but called off the search Friday evening after six hours with no sign of Haller.

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5:25pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Regional

Coastal Management Supporters Working on Two Approaches to Reinstate Program

Under the previous Coastal Management Program, the state was divided into four separate districts.
(State of Alaska)

The state House of Representatives has opened consideration of a bill to revive Alaska’s coastal management program. 

On Friday, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell certified a citizen’s initiative allowing local input on projects like offshore oil drilling. But sponsors of a bill with a similar objective are hoping to reinstate the program through the legislative process instead.

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5:17pm

Mon March 12, 2012
The Exchange

The Exchange: Mayor Shirley Marquardt on the Legislative Session

(City of Unalaska)

On this episode of The Exchange, Mayor Shirley Marquardt discusses the city's lobbying trip to Juneau. 

5:12pm

Mon March 12, 2012
The Exchange

The Exchange: Chef Rich Bye on Tacos

(KUCB)

On this episode of The Exchange, Grand Aleutian executive chef Rich Bye talks about one of his favorite foods: the noble taco.

1:56pm

Mon March 12, 2012
Industry

Troopers Cite Two Boats for Illegal Fishing

State Wildlife Troopers have cited two boats for illegal pot cod fishing.  Troopers released the details of the February violations over the weekend. 

Raymond Dushkin of the fishing vessel Desirae Dawn and Melvin Koso Jr of the Melanie Sue were both cited for commercial fishing during a closed season.  The 53-foot Desirae Dawn was fishing near False Pass and the 44-foot Melanie Sue near Cold Bay. 

Dushkin was also found to be using illegal cod pots and Koso was found to have improper identification on his fishing gear. 

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11:24am

Mon March 12, 2012
Science & Environment

Cleveland Blasts Again

Cleveland Volcano is continuing to erupt.  On Friday afternoon, a blast shook the Aleutian volcano for the second time in a single week.

In a release, scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory noted that the explosion was similar in size and duration to Wednesday’s blast.  There’s no monitoring network on the volcano itself, but distant seismic stations picked up both explosions.

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9:39am

Mon March 12, 2012
Regional

Coast Guard Suspends Search

The Coast Guard suspended its search on Friday for a crew member from the fishing vessel Glacier Spirit.  The as-yet unidentified man fell overboard on Friday morning.  The Alaska Department of Fish and Game notified the Coast Guard, who then launched a Dolphin helicopter and a C-130 aircraft to search for the crewmember.  

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5:31pm

Fri March 9, 2012
Industry

Coast Guard Searching for Man in Bering Sea

Connie Braesch

The Coast Guard is searching for a man overboard near Sand Point, on the Alaska Peninsula.

Petty Officer Jonathan Lally says the Coast Guard received a report around 10:30am Friday from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that a man had gone overboard on the 47-foot fishing vessel Glacier Spirit.  Lally could not say whether the man was wearing survival gear.  

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4:53pm

Fri March 9, 2012
Crime

Grand Jury Reduces Murder Charges

A grand jury has reduced the charges against Denison Soria and Leonardo Bongolto Jr, who are accused of fatally beating their co-worker, Jonathan Adams. All three were processing workers at Bering Fisheries in Unalaska.

The co-defendants were initially charged with murder in the first degree, which in the State of Alaska requires intent to kill.  A grand jury indicted each of them on two counts of murder in the second degree and one count of assault in the first degree on Thursday.  Soria has also been charged with one count of tampering with evidence.

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1:32pm

Fri March 9, 2012
Crime

Bangun Perkasa Case Moves Forward

Five months after its seizure, the stateless fishing vessel Bangun Perkasa is still tied up at the dock in Unalaska - but not for much longer.  Earlier this month, a U.S. District Court judge formally declared the vessel unclaimed.  Now the government will seek forfeiture so the Bangun Perkasa can be sold – either for scrap or at auction. 

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12:51pm

Fri March 9, 2012
Local News

Coast Guard Medevacs Two Fishermen

The Coast Guard was busy in the Bering Sea Thursday, medevacing two fishermen in separate incidents involving cardiac distress.  

Late Wednesday night, the Coast Guard received a call that a 52-year-old man aboard the pollock catcher-processor Arctic Storm was in distress.  The cutter Alex Haley launched its Dolphin helicopter, which intercepted the 314-foot vessel about 63 miles north of Cold Bay.

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