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

A Very Unalaska Fourth of July

Jul 6, 2017
Berett Wilber/KUCB

Unalaskans celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks, a parade, and a community barbecue.

The first-place award for parade floats went to the Ounalaskha Corporation and Qawalangin Tribe float, which featured a truck-sized model of a bentwood hat and a baidarka.

Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence (USAFV) won second place, and the island’s Girl Scout troop took home third.

Competitors in the annual duck race sent a flock of custom-painted birds down Iliuliuk Creek, where divers ensured none of the decoys reached the ocean.  

Lauren Adams / KUCB

This weekend, Unalaska will send off the class of 2017 with a commencement ceremony.  From all of us at KUCB, congratulations and best of luck!  Most of you have volunteered for the station at some point and we appreciate it.  We are also sending off staff member Mia Magalong, and board member Tavis Nguyen-McConnell.  

KUCB sat down with a few seniors in Ms. Rudio's class to talk about what makes Unalaska unique, and what they'll miss about their home town.  

You can also see a snippet of their singing performance here:

 

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

The Rasmuson Foundation has recognized Unalaska's Gert Svarny as its Distinguished Artist of 2017. The award comes with a $40,000 grant so the 87-year-old sculptor can continue developing her craft.

In Gert Svarny’s living room, tucked safely between a cushy armchair and a window looking out on the beach, sits one of her most recent sculptures.

“Her name is Little Feather," says Svarny. "In Unangam Tunuu, it’s Huqdun Angunaqdaayulu.”

Chrissy Roes / KUCB

Each year, Unalaska's Community Center organizes two weeks of intensive spring clean-up to address a winter's worth of accumulated trash on the beaches and roadsides of Unalaska.  Community clean up is in full swing, and it runs through May 15th.  Industrial-strength yellow trash bags are available at the Community Center and residents are encouraged to get involved.  As an incentive, prize tickets have been strategically placed around town. If you find one of these tickets you can redeem it at the Community Center.

Lauren Adams / KUCB

Thank you, Unalaska, for making the Channel 8 Auction a big success.

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