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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.

The Unalaska Raiders cross country team was on the road one last time this past weekend before their final home race of the season on September 17th at Kelty Field starting at 10:15am. They had yet another strong showing at the Seward Invitational at Seward High School and the New Balance 3K Flight Race at Russian Jack Golf Course in Anchorage. None of the Raider runners have run either course before so it was a good experience learning about race strategies and some new courses around the state.  

The Bobby Johnson Summer Bay Classic took place Saturday, September 3rd starting at 2pm. This annual half marathon is a memorial to the late Bobby Johnson and this year 21 athletes participated. 

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Unalaska's Aquatic Center is reopening this weekend after six months of renovations.

While the swimming pool its​elf remains the same, Aquatics Manager Brina Lynch said the area has been upgraded with new start​ing blocks, a new scoreboard with a touch-pad timing system, and new speake​rs.

Those improvements should help the Raiders swim team and its supporters, according to Lynch.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

The Museum of the Aleutians has reopened. At least, kind of.  

New Executive Director Dr. Neal Hitch has been on the job for the last two weeks. In that time, he said more than 970 people have visited the museum, even though it's technically closed.

At a meeting on Friday, Hitch told the museum's board of directors that most visitors are tourists who don't know the museum has been closed since last fall. That's when the board first placed former director Zoya Johnson on administrative leave after items from the collection were found in her home.

Laura Kraegel

The Qawalangin Tribe hosted the 19th Annual Camp Qungaayux this month. 

The cultural camp brought kids, elders, and community members to Humpy Cove for a weeklong celebration of Unangan tradition.

KUCB took in the action as campers learned to butcher a sea lion, jump ship in survival suits, and perform traditional Unangan dances.