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Zoe Sobel

Reporter/Host

As a high schooler in Portland, ME, Zoë got her first taste of public radio at NPR's easternmost station. From there, she's slowly moved west -- onto Boston where she studied at Wellesley College and worked at WBUR and WZLY. She's happy to be living close to the ocean again.

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Paul Wade, NOAA Fisheries

 

Before Bogoslof volcano started erupting, it was a haven for endangered Steller sea lions, fur seals, and sea birds. But scientists did not know when and if animals would return to the eastern Aleutian Island.

United States Coast Guard

A federal response team prevented a Danish container ship from running aground Saturday.

The U.S. Coast Guard reports the 872-foot Laura Maersk lost power 7 miles north of Akutan and began drifting toward the coast.

The response team including the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midget, a Coast Guard chopper, and three local tugboats, stopped the container ship 5.5 miles from shore. The tug Gretchen Dunlap towed the ship back to Unalaska.

National Tsunami Warning Center screenshot

 

No tsunami is expected in the Aleutians, after a large earthquake near Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. The National Tsunami Warning Center briefly issued a tsunami advisory Monday for the western Aleutian Islands.

 

“There was a magnitude 6.5 [earthquake Monday] morning and this was a magnitude 7.8," said tsunami science warning officer Paul Huang. "In theory, we don't know when the next one will come. It could be a few minutes from now. It could be another 100 years.”

 

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Unalaska is celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride for the first time. The island has joined thousands of cities around the world honoring their LGBT communities.

There aren't many queer people in Unalaska, but that didn’t phase 15-year-old Gilmar Tapaoan. He decided it was time for the city to have a Pride celebration.

“Sure we can’t do a Pride parade because we don’t have enough people yet," Tapaoan said. "I think it was just seeing people [around the world] were doing Pride. I wanted to do it here.”

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

 

It’s all about high speed internet. At least, that’s what city manager Dave Martinson believes should be the focus of the city council’s upcoming lobbying trip to DC.

 

“It’s really about high speed internet," Martinson said. "We will continue to beat that drum.”

 

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