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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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GCI is looking into what it would take to bring faster internet to Unalaska. The telecommunications company is evaluating if fiber would be a financially feasible solution. Right now, they are in the exploratory process.

Spokesperson Heather Handyside said the company is surveying a route between a fiber facility in Levelock and Unalaska.

“If we are to do a build-out of a fiber cable, it will help us understand how to best engineer that cable so that it can withstand all the elements or obstacles that it might encounter,” Handyside said.

Newscast: 09/12/17

Sep 12, 2017

GCI is looking into what it would take to bring faster internet to Unalaska; city council meets tonight; and the Environmental Protection Agency has started funneling all grant money through a single political appointee in the nation's capital.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Come October, Unalaska will need a new city manager. Current City Manager Dave Martinson has tendered his resignation and accepted the terms of his amended contract Friday.

The deal, proposed by Unalaska’s City Council, will give Martinson nearly $30,000 in severance and moving expenses plus two weeks of free rent in his current city home.

His last day is September 29.

Newscast: 09/11/17

Sep 11, 2017

Unalaska's city manager resigns; St. George Island's school shuts down; and the Alaska Supreme Court affirms that Alaska Native tribes have sovereign immunity from state courts.

Zoë Sobel/KUCB

What do you want from Unalaska’s library? What does the library do well? What could it do better? Those were a few of the questions posed to 30 Unalaskans at the first public meeting accessing what users think could make the library better meet the needs of the community.

Overall community members were vocal about their support for the library staff and services. But there was one overwhelming concern.