‘They’re in real dire need’: Aleutian mayors weigh in on fishing crisis

Posted on: June 13th, 2024 | Author: Theo Greenly | Filed under: 830AM KSDP Radio News, Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, Fisheries News, King Cove, KSDP Newscast

“We told them that we are fishing communities,” said Osterback. “We don’t do anything else. We don’t have anything else. Every business in our communities depends on the fisheries.”

The mayors of Unalaska and the Aleutians East Borough traveled to Washington, D.C. last month, sounding the alarm on the challenges jeopardizing Alaska’s fisheries.

Unalaska Mayor Vince Tutiakoff Sr. and Aleutians East Borough Mayor Alvin Osterback attended an invite-only conference May 22 and 23 in the nation’s capital. There, they filled state and federal officials in on the severity of the fishing industry crash and its impact on rural communities.

“Right now they have a crisis going on in King Cove,” Tutiakoff said during an Unalaska City Council meeting in late May, referencing the recent closure of Peter Pan — King Cove’s main economic driver. “They will not have a processing plant and they will not have a salmon season. They don’t have a crab season. They’re in real dire need.”

The closure of Peter Pan and sell-offs within Trident have sent shock waves through coastal towns who rely on the fishing industry.

Tutiakoff said federal officials he spoke with were interested in the issue but weren’t aware of the whole situation.

“My comments to the Secretary of Commerce were that we need help,” he said. “We need it soon. Unlike some communities, we do have some revenues but it’s not going to carry us very long before we start to feel the impact.”

Tutiakoff said the main issue brought forward at the meeting was that Alaska’s fish can’t compete with loopholes in global markets. He said Russian-caught fish is being transferred to countries like China and then sold on the American market as an Alaska product.

He called for federal officials to close loopholes that benefit the Russian fishing industry, warning that if help didn’t come soon, “Russian fish will be on everybody’s plate.”

Osterback agreed with Tutiakoff, emphasizing the region’s reliance on the success of its fisheries.

“We told them that we are fishing communities,” said Osterback. “We don’t do anything else. We don’t have anything else. Every business in our communities depends on the fisheries.”

Osterback noted that Sen. Dan Sullivan is working to add fisheries into renewal of the Farm Bill, a set of programs that support American agriculture. Including fisheries in the bill could insulate the industry from fluctuating markets.

“Whether you’re growing crops on land or you’re harvesting in the sea, you’re still a harvester,” Osterback said. “The fishermen, the municipalities, the processors — we’re all tied together pretty tight. If one fails, we all fail.”

Sens. Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski are expected to present a strategic plan to the Secretary of Commerce this summer.

PenAir founder and Grumman Goose pilot Orin Seybert dies at 87

Posted on: April 24th, 2024 | Author: Theo Greenly | Filed under: 830AM KSDP Radio News, Aleutians East Borough, KSDP Newscast, KSDP Programs

Legendary aviator Orin Seybert, perhaps best known as the founder of regional airline Peninsula Airways, died of natural causes Friday morning in Anchorage at the age of 87.

Seybert started the airline in 1955, just after graduating high school in the Southwest Alaska town of Pilot Point.

“The first year after high school, I brought an airplane to Pilot Point in Bristol Bay,” Seybert told KUCB in 1999. “I spent my whole career flying up and down the chain and Bristol Bay.”

Seybert led PenAir to become the largest regional airline in Alaska, operating more than 30 aircraft in 45 communities.

Seybert was perhaps best known in Unalaska for recognizing the amphibious Grumman Goose’s potential for operating along the steep coastlines of the Aleutian Islands, where coastal communities built below mountainous terrain pose particular difficulties for constructing runways.

 

“It’s a flying boat. The hull is actually a boat, as opposed to a float plane…so this thing can handle the rough water around Dutch Harbor,” Seybert said. “We have communities like Akutan, 40 miles from here, which is extremely mountainous, and they’ll never be able to build a runway there.”

Seybert is survived by six children and over 50 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

KSDP Board Meeting: March 31, 2023 at 5:30pm

Posted on: March 24th, 2023 | Author: Holden | Filed under: 830AM KSDP Radio News, Community Window, CPB Compliancy

There will be a board meeting of the KSDP Board of Directors at the Sand Point Studio at the above mentioned time.

Survey: Give us Feedback and be Entered to Win a Meat Box

Posted on: February 2nd, 2023 | Author: Holden | Filed under: 830AM KSDP Radio News, Community Window

KSDP is collecting responses from our communities to learn what you want to hear! Help us improve your local radio experience and be entered to win a meat box from the AC store!

Click the flyer above and scan the QR code to see the survey, or click here!

Thank you for supporting your local radio station!

Edgmon News Letter: Corvid-19 Travel Updates – March 23, 2020

Posted on: March 23rd, 2020 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: 830AM KSDP Radio News, Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, COVID-19, KSDP Programs

Representative Bryce Edgmon has released a special newsletter with update on Alaska travel advisories.

You can download and view the advisory below

Download the Newsletter Here!

Coming Up: KSDP Interview w/Rep. Bryce Edgmon at 3pm on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

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Rep. Bryce Edgmon

KSDP’s Austin Roof will talk with Speaker of the House – Representative Bryce Edgmon live on-air at 3pm on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019.

Please stop by the station office, email (cw@apradio.org) or call (383.KSDP) with any questions/topics you’d like to ask Rep. Edgmon.

MP3: King Cove T-Jacks (61) Vs. Unalaska Raiders (72) on 1/4/2019

Posted on: January 4th, 2019 | Author: General Manager | Filed under: 2018 - 2019 Season, 830AM KSDP Radio News, KSDP Programs

Final Score: T-Jacks (61) Vs. Raiders (72) in Unalaska, AK on Friday, January 4rd, 2019 at 7PM.

Download the game here (MP3, 13MB):
https://apradio.org/mp3/2019-01-04-bball-kcv-una-b.mp3

Live coverage courtesy of KUCB’s Zoe Sobel.

AUDIO: Newscast for August 14th, 2017 – ADN files for bankruptcy

Posted on: August 14th, 2017 | Author: Marissa Williams | Filed under: 830AM KSDP Radio News, KSDP Newscast, KSDP Programs

In This Episode:
– Alaska’s largest newspaper is in financial trouble

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AUDIO: Newscast for August 3rd, 2017 – Alaska cruise traffic is on the rise

Posted on: August 3rd, 2017 | Author: Marissa Williams | Filed under: 830AM KSDP Radio News, KSDP Newscast

In This Episode:
– Alaska cruise traffic is on the rise

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AUDIO: Newscast for July 31st, 2017 – Senator Lisa Murkowski votes NO

Posted on: July 31st, 2017 | Author: Marissa Williams | Filed under: 830AM KSDP Radio News, KSDP Newscast

In This Episode:
– Senator Lisa Murkowski explains her vote on health care

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AUDIO: Newscast for July 27th, 2017 – Great Sitkin Volcano heats up

Posted on: July 27th, 2017 | Author: Marissa Williams | Filed under: 830AM KSDP Radio News, KSDP Newscast, KSDP Programs

In This Episode:

Great Sitkin Volcano heats up
&
Alaska may be the first state to okay pot cafes

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AUDIO: Newscast for July 26th, 2017 – Sand Point loses entire police force

Posted on: July 26th, 2017 | Author: Marissa Williams | Filed under: 830AM KSDP Radio News, KSDP Newscast, KSDP Programs

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AUDIO: Newscast for July 25th, 2017 – Genetically-Engineered Salmon

Posted on: July 25th, 2017 | Author: Marissa Williams | Filed under: 830AM KSDP Radio News, KSDP Newscast, KSDP Programs

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AUDIO: Newscast for July 24th, 2017

Posted on: July 25th, 2017 | Author: Marissa Williams | Filed under: 830AM KSDP Radio News, KSDP Newscast

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AUDIO: Newscast for July 10th, 2017

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 | Author: Marissa Williams | Filed under: 830AM KSDP Radio News, KSDP Newscast

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