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

Fire Destroys Chernofski Drive Triplex

Dec 28, 2015
Unalaska Fire

A Dutch Harbor family is homeless this week after a fire destroyed their triplex home on Chernofski Drive early Monday morning.

The home is a total loss, says Unalaska fire chief Zac Schasteen, but nobody was injured in the blaze.

A propane tank attached to the residence is a suspected potential cause of the fire. An investigation is underway.

"We're not ruling anything out at this point," Schasteen said.

The fire spread up into the building's attic, where it burned for over nine hours.

Nighttime Power Outage For Unalaska Island

Dec 27, 2015
Greta Mart

A power outage affected local residents in the early morning hours Sunday, the third such outage in December for Unalaska Island.

Electrical service to homes in the valley shut down around 4:10 a.m., and the initial outage lasted until roughly 6:45 a.m. Power was restarted for a quarter hour before shutting off once again just before 7 a.m. for an additional 15 minutes. As of 7:12 a.m. Sunday, the power was back on.


Greta Mart

Recently-installed electrical equipment at the Alyeska seafood processing plant triggered a power outage Friday.

KUCB reached Dan Winters, director of public utilities, by email Monday morning to ask about the suspected cause of Friday's outage.

Winters said there was an unscheduled partial power outage at 3:45 p.m. It affected power customers on Unalaska Island and Captains Bay. All circuits were closed and full power back on by 4:10 p.m.

Free Water Safety Workshop for Fishermen

Dec 21, 2015

Unalaska's fire chief and a local marine biologist will be among the instructors for an upcoming free safety workshop aimed at commercial fishermen.

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) is offering the Drill Conductor workshop. It's being held at Unalaska's Public Safety Department on a Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8 and 9, 2016.

The Alaska Sea Grant program announces new online business tools for Alaskan commercial fishermen.

Via a website called Alaska Sea Grant FishBiz, commercial fishermen can find information on financing and other business management assistance.

The website's resources are organized by fishing career phases. For those just starting out, they can find tools and resources about loans and paying for a first boat. For those fishermen ready for retirement, the website provides information on retirement investments and planning an exit strategy.