Salmon closure extended for Reese Bay

Friday, July 07 2006

Unalaska, AK – Record low sockeye salmon numbers have forced the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to extend the closure of subsistence fishing in part of Unalaska's Reese Bay. The closure was scheduled to end Sunday as it has in years past, but Fish and Game management biologist Forrest Bowers said it will be extended on account of tumbling salmon escapement numbers, which have fallen from a high of nearly 102,000 in 2003 to less than a tenth of that this summer.


Unalaska Fisheries Report

Friday, July 07 2006

Unalaska, AK – The weekly fisheries roundup with city natural resource analyst Frank Kelty.


NMFS amends crab rationalization

Thursday, July 06 2006

Unalaska, AK – The National Marine Fisheries Service crab rationalization program was tweaked slightly Thursday, closing a loophole that allowed crab fishermen unrestricted access to Pacific cod in state-managed waters.

The amendment, which was published Thursday morning in the Federal Register, extends sideboard protections for Pacific cod to state waters in the Gulf of Alaska. A sideboard is a fishery-wide cap, in this case applying to boats that fish mainly for opilio crab in federally managed waters. The change will subject all fishing vessels to the same set of rules.


Fireworks display a go for tonight, July 6

Thursday, July 06 2006

Unalaska, AK – It may be July 6, not July 4, but Unalaska will finally get its fireworks show tonight. The holiday display was scheduled for the 4th but was postponed twice because of the weather. Lieutenant Jamie Sunderland of the Unalaska Department of Public Safety says all systems are go for tonight.

The fireworks will be launched from Summer Bay Road, just past the cemetery. The best viewing from Unalaska will be from Front Beach.


Carl Moses fights to keep state House seat

Wednesday, July 05 2006

Unalaska, AK – Next month, for the first time since 2000, 37th District House Representative Carl Moses, D-Unalaska, will face a challenge in his party's primary election.


Coast Guard rescues Unalaska man

Monday, July 03 2006

Unalaska, AK – The Coast Guard rescued a man and his dog who had spent three days adrift off the coast of Unalaska Island near Chernofski Harbor Friday afternoon.

Josh Zyelinske, 22, was drifting in his 15-foot skiff 10 miles northwest of the island after his engine was disabled by a submerged object. He happened to cross paths with the Coast Guard cutter Morgenthau on its routine patrol, a meeting that Coast Guard petty officer Eric Chandler described as incredibly lucky.


City Council approves land purchase

Friday, June 30 2006

Unalaska, AK – The Unalaska City Council approved the purchase of about twelve thousand square feet of land for a proposed new powerhouse earlier this week. The land, which belongs to the Ounalashka Corporation, is located on Amaknak Island near the site of the current powerhouse.
The vote does not mean the land purchase is a done deal, or that a new diesel generator will be built. But increased utility use has strained the capacity of Unalaska's existing powerhouse, which is about 8 megawatts.
Still, the city government hasn't decided yet how best to meet growing energy needs. It's still exploring options such as geothermal power, which some council members see as increasingly attractive as gas prices continue to rise.
The purchase approval won't be final until mayor Shirley Marquardt signs off on it.


Greenpeace visits Unalaska

Thursday, June 29 2006

Unalaska, AK – Researchers from the international environmental organization Greenpeace will visit the Bering Sea next month to study the health of the area's marine ecosystem. But the trip is also about fence-mending in a region where many locals remember the organization's protests against the Pribilof Islands' fur seal harvest in the late 1970s.


Unalaska Spends Day Assessing Damage After Storm

Tuesday, February 14 2006

Unalaska, AK – Monday morning, residents of Unalaska woke up to sustained gale force winds with hurricane force gust and rainfall. The rain, in conjunction with a sharp rise from below freezing temperatures became a disastrous combination.



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