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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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For the second year in a row, people gathered in solidarity at womens' marches around the globe, with some protesting President Donald Trump, others making a stand for equal rights, and many doing a bit of both. In Unalaska, the Women's March drew 55 people of all ages and all backgrounds.

“I’m proud to sing a song that some students created: 'We’ve been oppressed. Our issues unaddressed. We’re women, women, women!'" chanted Shawna Rudio. “I've got to give a shout out to the students on this one. They’re leading the way and the rest of us will follow.”

Courtesy Roger Blakeley

The National Weather Service canceled a tsunami warning for the Gulf of Alaska this morning, after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck near Kodiak around 12:30 a.m.

In Unalaska, tsunami sirens started blaring at 1:50 a.m. – and residents were encouraged to move at least 50 feet above sea level.

Around 200 people sheltered at city hall and the clinic including Iata Akopo. He’s new to Unalaska, but in 2009 he experienced a major tsunami at home in Samoa.

Newscast: 01/23/18

Jan 23, 2018

An earthquake near Kodiak triggered a tsunami warning from British Columbia to Attu Island; Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signs a land swap agreement to allow a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge; and why relocating the village of Newtok may take an act of Congress.

Newscast: 01/22/18

Jan 22, 2018

A dead body was found in the Carl E. Moses boat harbor; a deal to build a controversial road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge has been signed; and 55 Unalaskans brave the weather to particpate in the Women's March.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Police are investigating after a dead body was found Thursday in the water in the Carl E. Moses boat harbor. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has identified the deceased as Alexander Johannesen. The 30-year-old had not been seen since Wednesday evening.

There currently are some vessel traffic restrictions at the harbor so divers can canvas the area, but DPS expects to complete canvassing today.

DPS treats all unattended deaths as suspicious and is sending Johannesen’s remains for an autopsy.