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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.

Zoë Sobel/KUCB

What do you want from Unalaska’s library? What does the library do well? What could it do better?

Those were a few of the questions posed to 30 Unalaskans at the first public meeting assessing what users think could make the library better meet the needs of the community.

Overall, community members were vocal about their support for the library staff and services. But there was one overwhelming concern.

Joanne Villamor


      Last weekend, on Friday September 1st, the Unalaska Raider Swim Team had their first meet of the year at our very own Aquatics Center. Some exciting new technology has been added to the pool including an electronic screen with swimmers’ names and their times as they swim. All of the swimmers’ times start with the beep of the speaker. Then, when they finish, they touch a metal pad that records their time and displays it on the screen overhead. Backup timers are present to make sure that swimmers’ times aren’t lost if a malfunction occurs.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

An international group of cold water swimmers traveled to Unalaska last week in commemoration of the 220th birthday of Father Ivan Veniaminov.

The Russian and Chinese athletes are swimming relays that stretch across the area Veniaminov served as a Russian Orthodox missionary in the early nineteenth century.

Later canonized as Saint Innocent, Veniaminov is recognized for having a good relationship with the Unangan people during his time in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands. He learned several dialects of Unangam Tunuu and created an alphabet for the native language.

Campers Embrace Culture At Unalaska's Camp Adgaayux

Aug 16, 2017
Berett Wilber/KUCB

Campers huddle in the hallway of the Burma Road Chapel dressed as sea otter hunters. The kids adjust their bentwood visors as community members file into rows of folding chairs. 

“Am I missing any whiskers?” one girl asks.

“One of them broke,” says the boy next to her.

With costumes complete, they're ready to perform an Unangan folk tale they’ve practiced all week at Camp Adgaayux, about a greedy otter hunter who betrays the octopus that helps him.The “whiskers” on their paper visors aren't genuine sea lion, but imitation — beach grass, strung with beads.

Brian Conwell


You might notice something a little different at Eagle’s View Elementary next year. The time finally came to replace the carpet, despite staff and maintenance crew’s taking great care of it. The first step in its replacement, approval by the school board, took place last year. This summer while school was out, the carpet was replaced.