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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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Do jellyfish affect Bering Sea fisheries? And if so, how?

That’s what Yale University’s Jonathan Rutter wants to find out. The college senior is conducting a survey to learn more about the gelatinous creatures directly from fishermen.

 

“What are these impacts that jellyfish have on Bering Sea fisheries?" Rutter said. "And those impacts could be economic- or nuisance-based. I’m going in it with a pretty open mind.”

 

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A new study shows 45 percent of women in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands have experienced sexual or intimate partner violence, or both. The survey is part of a statewide project to establish baselines for regions across Alaska.

 

Until now, Dr. André Rosay -- of the University Alaska Anchorage -- says there had been no accurate measurement of violence against women in Alaska.

 

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Less than a week after delaying the launch of 4G LTE in Unalaska, GCI has the service up and running.

“We’re just happy to have LTE turned on," said GCI Vice President Dan Boyette. "I know we made a lot of promises and gave a lot of dates over the last several months and we finally got it done.”

GCI first promised a faster, more reliable mobile network — including data — by the end of 2017. But construction snags and testing caused multiple launch delays.

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The Department of Public Safety has a familiar face in a new role. Ramona Thompson took over as fire chief on March 12.

Thompson has over 35 years of fire and EMS experience including 11 years as the EMS coordinator at the department of public safety. Most recently she worked as the Director of Clinical Services at the Iliuliuk Family Health Services Clinic.

KUCB's Zoë Sobel sat down with Thompson who says she decided to apply for the job now because she saw how much the community has struggled to hold on to a fire chief.

 

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Unalaska came up five points short in their attempt to reclaim the 2A boys basketball crown. On Saturday, the team squared off against Metlakatla almost a year after their last meeting, where the Chiefs knocked the Raiders out in the semifinals. The 2017 match-up had a 7-point spread and this year was also close.

In the last four minutes of the 2A title game, Unalaska (16-2) gave up nine points and was unable to score.  The final score was 49-45 Metlakatla. Unalaska finished the season 2nd overall. Carey Boston and Trevor Wilson were named to the state all-tournament team.

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