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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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Newscast: 07/13/17

Jul 13, 2017

An investigation into Alaska's commercial fisheries entry commission, the battle over the Kenai Peninsula Borough's invocation policy continues, and a new exhibit opens at the Museum of the Aleutians.

Newscast: 06/22/17

Jun 22, 2017

Summer maintenance at the PCR's gym and pool;  lawmakers have proposed using Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government; and what rising populations of marine mammals mean for fishermen.

Courtesy Clint Huling

Updated post: 6/26 at 1:30 p.m

The Unalaska Department of Public Safety (UDPS) is investigating a tundra fire near Volcano Bay. The fire was reported by two area pilots earlier this month.


While the fire does not pose a threat to residents of Unalaska, UDPS is looking into where they fire started. At this point, they have been unable to determine a point of origin.


As of Friday, they estimate that the fire has burned 100 acres of land.


Newscast: 06/21/17

Jun 21, 2017

A tundra fire could pass through what is left of the Makushin village site; Alaskans celebrated the summer solstice Tuesday night; Chris Oliver will help manage fisheries across the nation at the National Marine Fisheries Service; and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is shuffling senior officials which could affect Arctic policies.

Max Kaufman/Alaska Volcano Observatory/University of Alaska Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute


Scientists have had a hard time monitoring Bogoslof volcano since it started erupting in December. The island is so small, there is no equipment on the volcano, making it difficult to predict eruptions.

No one lives on Bogoslof – the closest human neighbors are 60 miles away in Unalaska. Scientists monitor from afar and they’ve had a lot to monitor lately. The volcano has erupted more than 40 times since December.