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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.

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Early and absentee voting starts Wednesday, Feb. 14 for Unalaska’s mayoral recall election.

Registered voters can cast their ballots at City Hall until March 5. The polls will be open week days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Unalaskans can also request to vote by mail, email, fax, or personal representative.

They can call the city clerk’s office at 581-1251 for more information.

Election Day is for March 6.

ZOË SOBEL/KUCB

 

Last month, the state sunk an abandoned boat that has plagued western Alaska for months -- but it did so before securing a funding contribution from Unalaska. 

The City Council has debated whether to help pay for the F/V Akutan’s removal all year. Many councilors worry about setting a precedent that could encourage other mariners to abandon vessels near town. But others say the city needs to contribute because the Akutan posed environmental risks to the community.

 

Chrissy Roes

After four days of cancellations, Unalaska’s passenger flights resumed Saturday when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finally completed its inspection of a navigational beacon at the airport.  

PenAir grounded all of its flights last Tuesday after the beacon’s safety certification expired.

Now, the airline has returned to its normal flight schedule — and moved almost 170 people who’d been stranded.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Almost 170 passengers are stranded as Unalaska endures its fourth day of canceled flights.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official said the airport’s non-directional radio beacon was “fixed” Thursday by an on-the-ground team.

But now, a flight crew — which has to check the navigational equipment from the air — has been delayed in Anchorage.

“Crew and aircraft are in position to promptly check this navigational aid when the weather at Dutch Harbor permits,” said Allen Kenitzer of the FAA’s Office of Communications in a statement.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

This Sunday, Feb. 11 marks the one-year anniversary of the loss of the F/V Destination.

Its sinking ranks as the Bering Sea crab fleet’s deadliest accident in more than a decade.

While the cause remains a mystery, memories of the crew are inspiring fishermen to stay extra safe this winter.

Last March, Unalaskans and seasonal fishermen held a memorial service at the Norwegian Rat Saloon.

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