Seventy-five years ago, Japan and the United States were locked in one of the bloodiest battles fought on American soil: the Battle of Attu. In 1943, American troops were streaming into Alaska in preparation for one of the deadliest battles of World War II. One year earlier, Japanese soldiers had bombed Dutch Harbor, seized Attu Island and took the Alaska Native people who lived there as prisoners of war.
Ringed seals — an Arctic species that typically lives far north of the ice-free Aleutian Islands — are showing up.
Now, scientists are monitoring the unusual visitors to find out why they’re near Unalaska..
State troopers have wrapped up a months-long investigation concerning at least one of Unalaska’s elected officials. The case is now under review by the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions, which will decide whether to pursue criminal charges.
Unalaska may be the top fishing port in the country, but finding fresh, local fish is a challenge. Fishermen occasionally sell their catch from the docks and now some restaurants are making a point to serve fresh seafood whenever it’s available.