This year is the first that the plant, now owned by Trident Seafoods, won’t be processing cod — and that’s because of climate change.
The Dunleavy administration acknowledges in its budget proposal that many rural Alaska areas depend on troopers for law enforcement and that current trooper staffing levels delay responses to violent crimes, including sexual assault and murder.
In an unprecedented response to historically low numbers of Pacific cod, the federal cod fishery in the Gulf of Alaska is closing for the 2020 season.
The Ounalashka Corp. and Chena Power have formed a company to develop a geothermal project at nearby Makushin Volcano. Unalaska city officials support the new project.
The Alaska Peninsula community of Chignik Lagoon was put on a boil water notice in July. By August, the wells were dry.
The NTSB update is a detailed, seven-page statement of facts about the flight and the investigation, with sections on the runway, the flight recorders, the plane and its engines. It does not assign a cause to the crash. That’s expected later.
Whether or not the city pursues legal action, officials said the crash and suspension of flights have “highlighted how fragile public transportation is for Unalaska and the entire region.”
Unalaska’s mayor says the city’s goal is to get flights up and running next week — as long it can secure an emergency waiver from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
City officials took up the idea after RavnAir Group announced that it would not resume regular flights until early November.
A new fight is brewing over black cod because there are so many of them — possibly as a result of the ocean’s warming waters.