Lego To Break Off Branding Agreement With Shell Oil

Thursday, October 23 2014


Courtesy of Greenpeace

Shell Oil might be known for selling fuel, but their logo isn’t limited to gas stations.

They’ve also appeared on Lego toy sets for the last 50 years under a unique marketing agreement.

Now, that’s breaking down under pressure from environmentalists. 


Preservation Board Supports Torpedo Demolition

Friday, September 26 2014


The airport long-term parking lot is littered with debris after a windstorm. (Courtesy: FAA)

Unalaska’s historic preservation commission met for the first time in six years to weigh in on a landmark in disrepair.

On Thursday, the commission -- now made up of planning board members and city staff -- voted in favor of a plan to demolish the torpedo storage facility near the airport.

Technically, it’s part of the National Historic Landmark at Fort Mears. But as the World War II-era building sheds debris, it's also gotten a reputation as a public hazard.


New Book Casts Spotlight on Traditional Foods

Thursday, August 21 2014


Courtesy of APIA

Food has been a crucial part of the Unangan culture for centuries.

But in the Aleutian and Pribilof islands, people are relying less on the land and sea and more on their local store.

KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal reports on a new effort to promote subsistence living -- in print.


Halibut Fishermen Cast for Glory in Holiday Derby

Monday, July 07 2014


The winning team (clockwise from bottom R): Sean Perry, Roger Bacon, Dawson Bacon, and Justin Perry. (Jeri Rosenthal/KUCB)

A heavy mist fell on Unalaska’s 4th of July festivities this weekend, but the weather was fine for fishing. As KUCB's Lauren Rosenthal reports, a group of anglers spent this holiday searching for a monster halibut -- and a big payoff. 

Derbies are an old tradition in Unalaska, dating back to the days when you could catch a record-breaking halibut right outside town.


Atka Camp Serves Up Subsistence Lessons

Thursday, July 03 2014


The campsite at Korovin Beach on Atka. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)

A pop-up subsistence school has opened in the Western Aleutians. As KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal reports, Atka’s second-annual culture camp is meant to keep Unangan traditions going strong.

Earlier this spring, Danny Snigaroff visited the campsite where he’d be teaching younger folks how to fish and hunt.

"At culture camp, we don’t eat no hot dogs -- no beef hamburgers, nothing [like that]," Snigaroff said. "It’s all Native food."

Snigaroff and other Unangan elders grew up on sea lions, birds, and seal.


Unalaskans Plan to Celebrate 4th of July By Land and By Sea

Thursday, July 03 2014

Unalaska’s Independence Day celebration will kick off bright and early tomorrow morning with the return of an old tradition.

"The halibut derby is basically just a competition to see which boat can catch the heaviest halibut," says organizer Nick Cron. He’ll be at the Carl E. Moses harbor at 6 a.m. tomorrow to register fishermen.

Unalaska anglers haven't squared off in a halibut derby for years. It's back as a city-organized event, with support from the old hosts -- Pacific Stevedoring.


Southeast Residents Remember Aleut Internment

Friday, June 06 2014


A new memorial plaque was placed on Killisnoo Island. / Credit: Lisa Phu

More than 70 years have passed since the U.S. government forced the people of Atka from their homes to an internment camp on Killisnoo Island in Southeast Alaska. Sending the Atkans to the old whaling and herring village -- 1,600 miles from their island in the Aleutians -- was supposed to protect them from Japanese invasion during World War II.

Their experiences have not been forgotten. As KTOO's Lisa Phu reports, group of Southeast Alaskans traveled to Killisnoo last weekend to memorialize the Aleut people of Atka.


Kayaking Team Pushes Through to Nikolski

Wednesday, June 04 2014


Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen (L-R) leaving Atka on May 16. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)

A British adventurer who's kayaking through the Aleutian Islands has knocked out a challenging leg of the journey -- in half the time she'd expected.

Sarah Outen and her kayaking partner, Justine Curgenven, arrived in Nikolski on Monday.


British Kayakers Take on Aleutian Chain

Tuesday, May 20 2014


Atka bids farewell to Sarah Outen and Justine Curgenven on May 16. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)

For the past three years, a British woman has been trying to travel around the globe using only her own strength. Sarah Outen is now in the Aleutian Islands, tackling some of the world’s wildest seas in a kayak -- and learning plenty along the way. 



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