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Arts & Culture

Arts and culture reporting on news and community topics. Arts and culture coverage is occasionally submitted by community members.

Raging Waves Welcome Underwater Pumpkin Carving

Oct 27, 2015
Missy Good

The Unalaska Diver's Association held their annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving competition this past Sunday, October 25th. This is the third consecutive year the pumpkin carving has been held by the Non-Profit Dive Association, with several earlier carving events scattered throughout previous years. The weather was ferocious, and the planned dive location of the beach in front of The Norwegian Rat Saloon was under siege by four and five foot breaking waves. While potentially fun, the waves would have led to smashing pumpkins rather than carving pumpkins.

Chrissy Roes

A display of colorful new sculptures adorns the lobby of the Unalaska's community center. At first glance, they might look like ornately decorated milk jugs and Styrofoam packaging, but take a closer look and you’ll find that the kids in PCR 360 program created a whole bug village after studying about insects in the after school program.

KUCB

Unalaska Community Broadcasting was recently included in the American Archive Content Inventory Program through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and this allowed us to create a database of all of the tapes in our collection.  The AACIP program then funded the professional digitization of 65 tapes.  UCB footed the bill to digitize an additional 73 at-risk and high priority tapes at the same time.  One of the tapes that was chosen for digitization was the epic Crab Terror, produced by Channel 8 in 1984.  You can find the program in its entirety below.  

Unalaska Hosts Dual Swim Meet with Valdez

Oct 5, 2015
D. Tyrell McGirt

  Nine swimmers from Valdez High School traveled to Unalaska for a dual swim meet with Unalaska City School October 2, 2015. The Buccaneers swim team, coached by Leo Overduyn, is led by Emily Doyel, Kassady Doyel, Josie McNelly, and Rylee Norris – four returning State swimmers from the 2014 season.

Longest Serving UPD Employee Retires

Oct 2, 2015
Pipa Escalante

Larry Dirks, Jr., the longest serving Department of Public Safety employee, retired this month after 24 years of dedicated service.  

On Monday, September 28, 2015, family and friends joined the DPS Staff for a potluck BBQ lunch at the Station, which was well attended and quite delicious.

At the celebration, DPS Director Jamie Sunderland presented Larry with an appreciation plaque, memorializing his caliber as employee, friend, and citizen. It was apparent that Larry was quite touched, and that Jamie will truly miss having him on the job. 

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