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Zoe Sobel


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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Courtesy Ronan Gray

Three Unalaska residents will be honored by the Anchorage Municipal Assembly.

On April Fool’s day, Ronan Gray, Damian Lopez Plancarte, and Mary Heimes helped rescue a child from a crevasse on Portage Glacier.

Their flight home had been cancelled, so they went for a walk. And they were approached by a man who said his son was trapped in the ice.

Newscast: 05/22/18

17 hours ago

Three Unalaska residents rescue a child from a glacial crevasse; the Unalaska City Council moves closer to a final 2019 budget; and Gov. Bill Walker arrives in China looking to sell goods to Alaska's largest trading partner.

Lisa Hupp/USFWS


It’s been 75 years since thousands of young soldiers lost their lives fighting over the westernmost point of the United States. Seventy-five years since the Alaska Native people of Attu were taken from their homes never to return again.


This weekend, former Attu residents, as well as veterans of the Aleutian campaign and descendants of the Japanese soldiers joined together to commemorate the tragedy and honor the legacy of those lost.



Newscast: 05/21/18

May 21, 2018

The U.S. and Japan remember the Battle of Attu; former Unalaska Mayor Shirley Marquardt takes top post at The Alaska Marine Highway System; and Alaska archeologists join a national conversation on how to confront permafrost thaw and coastal erosion.

Zoë Sobel / KUCB

Seventy-five years after Japan invaded the furthest tip of the Aleutian chain, Attuans are returning home.

In 1942, there were 44 people living on Attu Island, nearly all Alaska Natives. They were taken as captives to Japan, where half of them died. And after the war, the federal government forbade them from returning.

But in August, a group of 11 descendants finally visited their ancestral home for the first time.