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F/V Destination Memorial Fund

The U.S. Coast Guard will hold public hearings this summer as part of its investigation into the disappearance of the F/V Destination.

The crab boat and its six crew members vanished off St. George Island in February.

For the Bering Sea crab fleet, it was the worst accident in more than a decade.

Officials say the hearings will focus on how weather and human misconduct may have played a role in the catastrophe.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

 

On Wednesday, Federal officials apologized for their role in the World War II internment of the Unangan people.

Jim Kurth — acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — traveled to St. Paul Island to speak with survivors and descendants.

“As much as we wish, we cannot take back the course of history,” Kurth said. “But what we can do now is heal together. We can work together.”

Berett Wilber/KUCB

It’s been 75 years since the U.S. government removed the Unangax from their homes in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands, following a deadly attack by the Japanese.

Hundreds of people gathered in Unalaska last weekend to commemorate the bombing of Dutch Harbor during World War II and hear stories from survivors.

Tustumena's Return Delayed Until August

Jun 7, 2017
Nancy Heise

The M/V Tustumena’s return to service has once again been delayed. The Alaska Marine Highway announced Monday more of the vessel’s steel structure would need to be replaced.

The Tustumena has been in Ketchikan for scheduled maintenance since March, and its return to Western Alaska was set for May 27. Staff found the first batch of damaged steel in early May, cutting the vessel’s scheduled sailings in half.

U.S. Navy

This week, the U.S. Navy is searching for World War II-era explosives that may still be hiding in waters around Unalaska.

It’s unclear how much leftover ordnance is lurking offshore, according to Leslie Yuenger of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. But she needs help from Unalaskans to find it.

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