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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.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

It’s summer construction season in Unalaska, and drivers should expect road closures and delays around the island.

Director of Public Works Tom Coenhour said Captains Bay Road will experience the longest delays.

The road will be narrowed to one lane in August, so the city can trench and install 7,000 feet of new electrical wiring. Road crews will be there to ensure drivers don't wait for long.

“We have it as part of the contract that delays cannot be a longer than eight minutes,” said Coenhour. “That’ll allow traffic to keep flowing as much as possible.”

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an injured mariner Thursday from a vessel near Unalaska.

Officials say the F/V Island Enterprise was fishing 150 miles north of Dutch Harbor when a crew member suffered a “potentially limb-threatening” injury to his index finger.

The Coast Guard cutter Sherman sent a helicopter crew to hoist the 33-year-old man from the vessel, which is registered to Trident Seafoods. He was transported to Unalaska for emergency medical care.  

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

Unalaska’s clinic has hired a new executive director after a yearlong search.

James Kaech will assume leadership of Iliuliuk Family and Health Services on Aug. 15, after he moves from Silver Creek, Washington.

Kaech has more than 25 years of experience in health care, according to interim director Michelle Cochran. She said he started his career as a military medic before working in nonprofit and tribal health services.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Unalaska is the national hot spot for bald eagle attacks. Biologists and law enforcement officials agree: You’re more likely to be attacked by a bald eagle here than anywhere else in the country.

You are most likely to be attacked by a bald eagle in the post office parking lot. 

Wildlife trooper Damian Lopez Plancarte has just escorted the first eagle victim of the season to the medical clinic. He points out the eagle perched on a nest.

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