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Greta Mart

Radio/Print Reporter

California's Central Coast/Alaska/SF Bay Area

Greta Mart

Currently the News Director at KCBX FM, NPR-affiliate station serving California's Central Coast; we cover Salinas to Santa Barbara. Prior to KCBX, I was acting news director/reporter at KUCB public radio, covering daily news in Unalaska and the Aleutian Islands.

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Alaska Volcano Mellows After Wreaking Havoc

Alaska’s Pavlof Volcano has calmed down after days of dramatic activity. Early this week, the volcano, which is in the southwest part of the state, threw a thick brown and gray cloud 37,000 feet into the sky. The blast inconvenienced travelers across Alaska and spewed ash over Nelson Lagoon, a village 55 miles northeast of the volcano, where residents stayed indoors and watched porches and roofs darken.
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Skagway cell phone customers frustrated with service

Rare phone booths in front of the Skagway AP&T facility. With pay phones a thing of the past, is poor cell service a threat to public safety? Photo by Greta Mart. Feelings of frustration and anger are growing among many Skagway cell phone customers this summer. Residents say that since the start of the 2015 cruise ship season, connectivity has deteriorated to the point of dysfunction.
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My Spot: Braving the Icy Waters of San Francisco Bay

Our “My Spot” series shares personal experiences with special places in California. At least three times a week, San Francisco attorney Paul DeAngelis heads to Aquatic Park to swim in the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay. He wears a Lycra top and swim shorts, earplugs, fins, cap and goggles — but no wetsuit.
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Unalaska museum closes after ancient Bible found in director’s house

The Museum of the Aleutians in Unalaska remains closed after the discovery of museum materials–including a Russian Orthodox Bible from 1801–at the executive director’s house disrupted normal operations last week. The museum’s board of directors voted Oct. 12 to close the museum and place executive director Zoya Johnson on paid administrative leave.
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Unalaska hears on community-driven brownfield reclamation

Out of over 7,400 contaminated sites around Alaska, a hundred are in Unalaska and Dutch Harbor. That’s among the highest concentration of contaminated sites in the state, besides Adak. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) runs the state’s contaminated sites program. The program is aimed at managing the cleanup of places where the soil and groundwater are polluted, and the DEC maintains a database of all these sites.
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Wind storm blows out windows, rips roofs in Unalaska

A powerful windstorm blew through Unalaska on Wednesday, closing schools and causing minor damage. Meteorologist David Kochevar at the National Weather Service office in Anchorage said his agency clocked wind speeds of 91 miles per hour at the Dutch Harbor Airport around 6:30 a.m. A wind gust clocking in at 93 miles per hour hit the Akutan airport at 6:35 a.m.
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Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2016

Senate Finance Permanent Fund bills could lower dividends, stabilize budget; 2 hikers rescued from Kenai Peninsula Glacier; growing a modern workforce in Ketchikan; small capital budget keeps $32.5 for LIO purchase, no mega-projects or port; Delta cuts Juneau back to seasonal service; empty missile containers discovered near Southeast; Kenaitze Indian Tribe opens new elder center, expands campus in Old Town Kenai; Togiak tribe banishes Dillingham man for 10 years; Tustumena ferry sailings cancelled in May due to repairs.
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Tracking Molting To Measure Growth

Daily since late April, researchers have made their way to the end of A dock at Unalaska's Carl E. Moses boat harbor. There they pull up a series of people-sized circular nets - sort of like Japanese paper hanging lanterns - and peer inside. Jeff Cox is a contractor for the Bering Sea Fisheries Research Foundation.
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Strong Support For Bernie Sanders In Unalaska

36 Democratic voters gathered at Unalaska's Methodist church to caucus for their preferred presidential candidate Saturday. Most came to support Bernie Sanders, but six voters headed to the Clinton corner when it was time for the morning's fan out. The areas designated for Rocky De La Fuente backers and the undecided remained empty.
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Sand Point's Tribal Executive Director Joins New State Advisory Council

Last week the Walker-Mallott administration announced the formation of the Governor's Tribal Advisory Council. Eleven Native leaders from around the state were appointed to sit on the council, including Sand Point's Tiffany Jackson, executive director of the Qagan Tayagungin Tribe. KUCB spoke with Jackson via phone Friday morning.
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Native Fishermen's Group Seeks To Close Unalaska Bay To Commercial Trawl Fishing

A proposal to permanently close Unalaska Bay to commercial trawl fishing is up for discussion at an upcoming Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting. The statewide meeting takes place the second week of March in Anchorage, and Qawalangin tribal president Tom Robinson will be there to testify. He will be speaking on behalf of the Unalaska Native Fishermen's Association (UNFA).
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No More Commerical Trawling In Unalaska Bay

After three attempts over the past decade, the Unalaska Native Fishermen's Association succeeded in an effort to close Unalaska Bay to commercial trawl fishing. On Thursday the Alaska Board of Fisheries passed Proposal 194 by a six to one vote. The Unalaska Native Fishermen's Association - known as UNFA - put forward the proposal, which sought to "close all waters of Unalaska Bay to commercial fishing for groundfish with pelagic trawl gear."

About

Greta Mart

As of Nov. 2016, Greta Mart is the news director at KCBX Central Coast public radio, covering Salinas to Santa Barbara. From Sept. 2015 to May 2016, Greta served as acting news director, reporter and news host at KUCB, a public radio station in Unalaska, Alaska, covering the Aleutian Islands. She's also worked as a public radio reporter in Sitka and Haines, Alaska. In May 2015, she earned a master's degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to attending the J-School to transition into public radio journalism, Greta was a newspaper reporter for over a decade. She considers Port Townsend, WA her hometown and when in the Bay Area lives aboard her ’30 Catalina at the Berkeley Marina. She's currently renting a cute studio in Morro Bay and commutes daily along beautiful Hwy. 1 to the KCBX station in San Luis Obispo.