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The KUCB Newsroom provides newscasts every weekday at noon and 5 PM on KUCB Radio.  The week's news is also compiled for Flash! News on Channel 8 Television.  You can find many of our local news stories here.

JR ANCHETA/UAF

For the second year in a row, an Unalaska student has earned one of the top awards at the Rural Alaska Honors Institute.

Since 1983, the RAHI program has aimed to prepare Alaska Native and rural high school students for the transition to college life.

Lisa Tran distinguished herself amongst this summer's class, which hailed from 29 communities across the state.

It's graduation day at the Rural Alaska Honors Institute. Students in caps and gowns fill the auditorium, as Program Manager Denise Wartes welcomes the salutatorian to the stage.

Zoë Sobel / KUCB

 

Unalaska welcomed two Japanese-flagged vessels to port this week — one devoted to Arctic research, the other connected to controversial commercial whaling.

The first is the Oshoro Maru V, a research vessel for Hokkaido University's school of fisheries sciences.

 

Professor Toru Hirawake is the chief scientist onboard.

 

Alaska State Troopers

After ducking jail time for a decade, a Texas man was finally taken into custody last week on an outstanding Unalaska warrant.  

David Barczi was sentenced to 70 days in prison in 2008 after he was found guilty of assaulting a law enforcement officer.

Zoe Sobel/KUCB

This summer marks the start of a three-year project to restore Unalaska's Holy Ascension Cathedral and its nearby structures.

Right now, project leaders are focused on the Bishop's House. It has sat idle since a previous renovation effort stalled out about 15 years ago.

"It's just been sitting here getting stale," said Al Williams, a retired preservation specialist who spent 34 years with the National Parks Service. "I'm working right now at trying to button up the exterior."

PenAir

 

PenAir has canceled all flights to the Pribilof Islands for the rest of the month.

In a letter to community leaders, PenAir's Murphy Forner, senior vice president of ground operation and business development, wrote that the airline needs to conduct maintenance on its aircraft.

Forner said PenAir has already reached out to customers and made "other arrangements" for them.

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