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Museum Of The Aleutians Director Resigns

Nov 13, 2015
Chrissy Roes / KUCB

The head of Unalaska's Museum of the Aleutians resigned this week after being reprimanded for breaching museum protocol.

Executive director Zoya Johnson's resignation was the latest development in a chain of events that temporarily closed the museum and prompted questions over the security of items donated to the museum's collection since the late 1990s.

Johnson delivered her notice prior to a museum board meeting on Monday, Nov. 9. The board continued that meeting on Nov. 13, and voted early Friday afternoon to accept Johnson's resignation.

High Wind In Unalaska Blows Out Windows

Nov 11, 2015
Greta Mart / KUCB

A powerful windstorm blew through Unalaska Wednesday, closing schools and causing minor damage. 

Meteorologist David Kochevar at the National Weather Service office in Anchorage said his agency clocked wind speeds of 91 miles per hour at the Dutch Harbor Airport around 6:30 a.m. A wind gust clocking in at 93 miles per hour hit the Akutan airport at 6:35 a.m.

Sustained gusts blew over 70 miles per hour on Captains Bay throughout Tuesday night. 

NASA

  This week, wind gusts in the eastern Aleutians could reach over one hundred miles per hour.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for Unalaska from Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon.

The forecast is for rain and a south wind to blow a sustained 40 to 55 miles per hour, with possible gusts up to 75 miles per hour Tuesday evening. Those gusts could increase to 100 mile per hour on Wednesday morning.

Chrissy Roes / KUCB

After a two-and-a-half week closure, Unalaska’s Museum of the Aleutians reopened to the public today.

On Wednesday, the museum’s board of directors voted to reinstate executive director Zoya Johnson from paid administrative leave. Johnson also sits on the Unalaska City Council.

The board put Johnson on leave and closed the museum after a 19th-century Russian Orthodox bible and two other items from the museum’s collection were found in her house in September. The items had apparently been there since 2009.

St. Paul School students look out over the Bering Sea
Justine Kibbe

City and tribal-government employees on Alaska's St. Paul Island get Oct. 28 off each year for a holiday you might not have heard of: St. Paul Aleut Independence Day.

It marks the day in 1983 when Saint Paul islanders gained their freedom from the federal government. Various U.S. agencies had been running the island's fur seal harvest and economy for decades, leaving the locals as little more than wards of the state.

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