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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.

Curtis Norman

For the first time in five years, helicopters and cowboys are rounding up cattle by the hundreds on Umnak and Unalaska islands.  The Bering Pacific Ranches at Fort Glenn on Umnak Island are herding their tundra-roaming cattle to take them to market.

Alaska agriculture officials say the Bering Pacific is the state's biggest cattle operation. It's also the only one with cowboys herding by helicopter.  

Alaskan Port Town Reacts To Shell's Arctic Exit

Sep 30, 2015
Stephanie Joyce / KUCB

The news that Royal Dutch Shell was abandoning its quest for oil in the Arctic Ocean came as a shock in Unalaska and around the state.

Local officials said the move won’t hit the city’s budget too hard. But Unalaskan companies doing business with Shell are scrambling to figure out what it will mean for them.

 Mayor Shirley Marquardt said it will hurt the companies providing support to Shell’s Arctic effort in the short run.

 

Shell Oil Pulls Out Of Arctic Ocean Drilling

Sep 28, 2015
Lauren Rosenthal / KUCB

  After sinking eight years and more than $8 billion into the effort, Shell Oil is pulling out of the Arctic Ocean, the company announced in a press release Sunday night.

Shell officials said the company safely drilled a well 6,800 feet beneath the floor of the Chukchi Sea this summer. They found indications of oil and gas there, but not enough to warrant further exploration.

“We thought it was the potential to be a multibillion-barrel prospect,” Shell Alaska spokesperson Meg Baldino said. “That is not the case. It is not commercial.”

John Ryan / KUCB

If you’ve wondered why a 200-foot orange barge has been parked in front of Unalaska’s downtown for the past week, here’s why: It’s the Resolve Ibis, and it’s the centerpiece of an effort to improve the safety of big ships passing throughout the Aleutian Islands. It could be parked there for the next five years.

The orange, boldly lettered barge is the most visible element of a private effort to improve shipping safety along the Great Circle route across the Pacific.

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