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

Daher Jorge

Three months ago, a crab boat went missing in the Bering Sea with no mayday signal. Three days after that, responders called off their unsuccessful search.

Six fishermen died. A vessel was lost. All just a few miles offshore.

The search for answers is still underway: What happened to the F/V Destination?

It’s a Friday night, and the Norwegian Rat Saloon is packed.

Nancy Heise

Repairs have delayed the M/V Tustumena more than a month, forcing the Alaska Marine Highway System to cancel several sailings for southwest Alaska.

The ferry was supposed to return to service May 27. But now, officials say the Tustumena won’t be fit to leave its Ketchikan shipyard until July 18.

“There was some discovery during its annual overhaul that there was additional, extensive steel waste in the engine room," said Meadow Bailey, spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Transportation. "That repair will take about two months longer to complete.”

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

When Unalaska’s primary air cargo provider announced it was shutting down service this summer, community members were concerned.

People rely on PenAir’s cargo planes for most of their mail. Grocery stores depend on them for fresh produce, meat, and milk. And seafood companies count on them to ship products that sustain the local economy.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

This week on 49 Voices, we’re hearing from Taylor Holman in Unalaska. Holman is a high school senior, and she won first place in Alaska’s Russian Language competition this year.

TRANSCRIPT: I first started taking Russian freshman year, actually, because I had cross country after school and I didn’t want to do P.E. and cross country. So I switched into Russian and that’s where it all started, I guess.

DMITRI DANE/ALEUTIAN ISLANDS PHOTOGRAPHY & U.S. COAST GUARD

In Unalaska, the U.S. Coast Guard has cleaned up controversial graffiti that was found spray-painted on a World War II bunker last month.

The slogan read: “#722LIFE. MORGENTHUGS,” which led many Unalaskans to suspect crew members of the Coast Guard cutter Morgenthau.

The vessel was recently decommissioned after nearly 50 years of service, so the crew of another cutter -- the Mellon -- was assigned to cleanup duty last week.

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