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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.

Chrissy Roes / KUCB

The Museum of the Aleutians may be undergoing staffing changes.

At a meeting Wednesday, the museum’s board of directors held a lengthy executive session to discuss "personnel issues" behind closed doors.

They didn't make any public announcements afterwards.

The museum has had two full-time staffers start work since this summer. Executive Director Neal Hitch began in August and hired a collections manager soon after.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

For the first time in more than a year, the Museum of the Aleutians  (MOTA) has a new exhibit. The showcase opened on Friday and displays the museum's entire collection of handwoven grass baskets, which the Unangan people used to carry roots and berries.

Several of them are always visible in the permanent exhibition. But for the next six weeks, Director Neal Hitch said visitors can see all 91 baskets together.

With the end of November comes the end of “Movember.” This year, five members of the Unalaska City School staff and supporters

brought back “The Aleutian Staches” team to participate in the worldwide fundraiser for men’s health issues. The men’s goal during the month was to keep their chins and cheeks clean while growing out their mustaches as a mark of solidarity.

Conditions were crisp and clear last Wednesday evening, which made for ideal running conditions at the annual Turkey Trot 5K run. 

Trotters of all ages and speeds gathered at the Aquatic Center to check in and sip hot cocoa provided by the PCR.

Around 7pm, runners and walkers made their way to Kelty Field and back, often high-fiving fellow participants as they passed. 

Brian Conwell

Last Friday and Saturday, UCSD’s Strategic Planning Committee met to revise the school district’s vision and goals for the next five years. Stakeholders from all around the community were present, offering a wide variety of perspectives. There were school board members, teachers, administrators, faculty, students, parents, and community members collaborating on this strategic plan. Facilitating it all was a representative from the Alaska Association of School Boards (AASB).