Cleveland Volcano Showing Thermal Activity

Wednesday, July 20 2011

Mount Cleveland is heating up once again. The Alaska Volcano Observatory issued an advisory alert today, saying that their satellites have detected increased thermal activity.

KUCB's Alexandra Gutierrez has more.

Hamming It Up on St. Matthew

Tuesday, July 19 2011

A group of international travelers and one local resident are on their way to St. Matthew Island to set up a small, temporary radio station.

KUCB's Alexandra Gutierrez has more on these ham radio enthusiasts.

Earthquake Shakes Sand Point

Monday, July 18 2011

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit between Sand Point and King Cove this weekend, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center.

The Saturday quake was powerful enough to be felt as far as Akutan. However, its impact on area residents was minimal.

“Some small objects fell of the shelves, like pictures. But we didn’t receive any reports of significant [damage] or any structural damage to the houses,” says Natasha Rupert, a seismologist with the Alaska Earthquake Information Center.

The Tustumena's Tasty Trade

Wednesday, July 06 2011

Every summer the ferry Tustumena brings passengers to and from the Aleutians. And when it stops in the village of Chignik, passengers and locals get to trade places for an hour. KUCB's Alexandra Gutierrez has this story on the culinary swap between the town's bakery and the McTusty.

Unalaska Projects Survive Governor's Vetoes

Wednesday, June 29 2011

Gov. Sean Parnell signed the budget for the coming year this afternoon. The operating and capital budgets combined amounted to $11.4 billion. Parnell vetoed $412 million worth of projects that had been approved by the legislature, citing declining oil production and a poor economic climate as reasons for slashing the budget.

Unalaska escaped those cuts entirely. The city will be receiving $4 million from the state for a new wastewater treatment plant and $3.1 million for a water treatment plant. Last year, the governor had cut funding for the wastewater treatment plant. Additionally, the city will also be receiving $25.7 million in federal funds for the airport repaving project.

Government Scientists Investigating Amchitka's Atomic Legacy

Monday, June 27 2011

A research team is on the western Aleutian Island of Amchitka looking for residual contamination from a 20th century military legacy that culminated in three underground nuclear tests.

KUCB’s Jacob Resneck reports.

Four Rescued After Tug Sinks Near Saint Paul

Monday, June 27 2011

The crew of the tug Aries was successfully rescued near Saint Paul yesterday, after the 68-foot vessel sank for reasons still unknown. The tug was pulling a barge full of construction equipment, and the crew managed to evacuate to the barge before being rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter.

The Aries was about 100 miles from Saint Paul when it started taking on water in the early morning, and a mayday call was made at 6:11 am. The F/V Alaskan Knight responded to a radio call for assistance, along with two Coast Guard helicopters. The Coast Guard icebreaker Healy, which is currently bound for the Arctic as part of NASA’s ICESCAPE mission, was also diverted to Saint Paul to assist.

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