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Stories from the KUCB Newsroom from the Aleutian Region, the Pribilof Islands, the Alaska Peninsula, and beyond.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

While students head back to class across Alaska, the school on St. George Island has stayed closed.

District officials said it’s the latest casualty in a statewide trend where small, rural communities struggle to hold on to their kids.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a sick mariner Tuesday from a fishing vessel northwest of Unalaska.

Officials say the F/V Seattle Enterprise was fishing 140 miles away from the island when a 26-year-old woman aboard suffered from chest pressure.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sherman sent a helicopter crew to hoist the woman from the vessel and transport her to Unalaska for emergency medical care.  

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a sick mariner Friday night from a trawler near Cold Bay.

Officials say the F/V Unimak was fishing 50 miles northwest of the community when a crew member experienced “dizziness, weakness, [and] general confusion.”

Air Station Kodiak sent an HC-130 Hercules helicopter crew to hoist the man from the vessel. He was transported to Cold Bay for emergency medical care.

Pipa Escalante/KUCB

The only air carrier for the Pribilof Islands is asking for financial support to keep its remote market afloat.

PenAir has requested the U.S. Department of Transportation subsidize flights to St. Paul and St. George Islands, which are guaranteed Essential Air Service.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Seventy-five years after supervising the Unangan internment during World War II, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finally apologized to the people of St. George Island.

Federal officials visited the island last month to make amends in person.

Before a small crowd at the St. George community center, Wes Kuhns says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)  is ready to take responsibility for its actions.

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