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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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A body was pulled out of the water near Unisea’s G-1 dock Sunday afternoon. In a press release, the Unalaska Department of Public Safety identified the deceased as Tyrone Matthew Towarak.

The 27-year-old was reported missing by his employer Saturday. His death is being treated as suspicious meaning Towarak’s remains will be sent to the medical examiner for an autopsy.

If you have information about this case, please contact Sergeant Patrick Bliss at 907-581-1233.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Come October, Unalaska’s finance department will have two new employees. Clay Darnell of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma will be the new finance director and current City Clerk Cat Hazen will become the controller.

Darnell has served as the assistant controller for the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma for nearly a decade. He also is an adjunct professor in accounting.

Hazan has been city clerk for the last three years. Prior to that, she spent a decade as a senior accountant in the city's finance department.

Both Darnell and Hazen begin their new positions October 16.

Newscast: 09/18/17

Sep 18, 2017

A body is pulled out of the water near a UniSea dock; Unalaska hires a new finance director; and how Kodiak is operating on 99 percent renewable energy while off the countrys' major power grids.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

A 2,000-passenger cruise ship was supposed to dock in Unalaska today, instead it decided to go to Sitka.

Although Unalaska is known as America’s top fishing port, tourism — in particular the cruise ship industry — is a growing source of revenue especially for small businesses and non-profits.

Locals say they’ve been left scrambling, trying to figure out how they will make up tens of thousands of dollars in lost revenue from the Celebrity Millennium’s canceled visit.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

GCI’s vice president came to Tuesday night’s city council meeting to drum up support for their potential plan to bring fiber to Unalaska.

“I’m not here to talk about satellite today," said GCI's Dan Boyette. "I’m here to talk about satellite replacement today.”

Boyette said the company wants to bring faster service to Unalaska and a subsea fiber-optic cable may be the solution.

GCI is currently in the process of doing a marine survey. Boyette says they have already put in $2 million, but the entire project would end up costing $40 million.

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