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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.

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.

Zoe Sobel/KUCB

Starting next summer, Unalaskans will able to rent jet skis and hire tour guides to show them the island’s waterfalls and wildlife. At least, that’s the vision of Doanh Thi Tran.

Tran won a regional business competition last week and earned $20,000 for her startup, the Bering Breeze Company.

“It’s a new recreation equipment company that will provide jet skis, bicycles, paddle boards, and paddle boats — fun things for local Unalaskans and anybody just passing through town," she said.

Annie Ropeik/KUCB

When school lets out next month, Unalaska students will say goodbye to a handful of longtime teachers and administrators.

Superintendent John Conwell announced Thursday that Eric and Mandy Andersen are the latest staff members to resign from the Unalaska City School District.

He thanked the Andersens for their work at Eagle’s View Elementary Achigaalux, where Eric serves as the principal and Mandy serves as a first grade teacher.

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.

Greta Mart / KUCB

The City of Unalaska has granted all 10 funding requests from local nonprofits this year, even though applications came in about $40,000 higher than the city wanted to spend.

On Tuesday, the City Council voted to give almost $1.2 million to organizations including the Aleutian Arts Council, the Qawalangin Tribe, and Unalaska Senior Citizens.

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