Newscast: 02/11/2016

Feb 11, 2016

A planned renovation of the Aquatics Center hits a snag with bid costs; Alaska Congressman Don Young argues against a proposed bill that he says will take away funding from the Essential Air Service, a critical federal funding program for Unalaska/Dutch Harbor; the community calendar is filled this week with local events including a Museum of the Aleutians open house Thursday, a Father/Daughter dance on Friday and a Winter Ball Saturday night hosted by Unalaska's Filipino American Bayanihan Association.

Erin Enlow

A big thanks to Lori Lane and Rande Leggett for their amazing work as sportscasters last night.  KUCB was unable to find a crew to call the games, and we were grateful for the assistance of these two volunteers.  Their coverage kicked off 4 days of live radio broadcasts from the Kenai Peninsula.  

Greta Mart

 After months of closure, the Museum of the Aleutians (MOTA) will reopen to the public - at least for a few hours. The institution's governing board is hosting an open house this week for the community. 

This week city leaders passed a local ban on commercial marijuana businesses in Unalaska.

It's now official that no retail cannabis stores are allowed to open on the island, regardless if the state's marijuana board grants someone a business license to do so.

On Tuesday, a second reading of the ban ordinance - like the first reading - garnered a vote of three to three. The vote mirrored the viewpoints of the community at large; at recent public forums, opinions were evenly split among those for and against allowing retail pot stores.

Newscast: 02/10/2016

Feb 10, 2016

The Unalaska City Council bans retail marijuana businesses and passes a first reading of a minor offenses ordinance; the Council asks questions about pollution that appeared last week in Unalaska Bay; the Coast Guard medevacs two crewman from a cargo ship after they are injured in heavy seas; President Obama delivers his final budget to Congress, and it includes several big-ticket Alaska items; the Museum of the Aleutians governing board is hosting an open house on Thursday.

Newscast: 02/09/2016

Feb 9, 2016

Besides voting tonight on a retail marijuana ban, the city council will look at establishing a minor offenses ordinance and paying an additional $300,000 to replace a failed transformer in the Alyeska Electric Tie-in project; from Feb. 23-29, Alaska's Board of Fisheries will gather in Anchorage for its Aleutian Islands finfish regulatory meeting; Unalaska's school district is ranked number one among public school districts in Alaska.  

This week the Unalaska City Council is expected to pass a new local ordinance prohibiting retail marijuana shops from opening on the island.

On Tuesday, city staff will present a second reading of the law that narrowly passed a first round on January 26. At that meeting, the vote was three for the ban and three against. When there is a tie vote among the six council members, the mayor casts the deciding vote; the mayor broke the tie by voting in favor of the ban.

If the vote is the same this week, the ban will go into effect immediately.

Newscast: 02/08/2016

Feb 9, 2016

Icy roads cause traffic jams this morning and prompts a 24-hour chain authorization; this week the Unalaska City Council votes on a second reading of the city's ban on retail marijuana stores; the National Marine Fisheries Service announced last week that it’s implementing a new tracking program for seafood imports; a new report shows the Alaska Marine Highway System provides significant economic benefits for the whole state; a 28-year-old fisherman is arrested for murder in Kodiak.

Lanterns Released to Honor Devon Schaaf

Feb 8, 2016

On Friday, February 5, 2016, the City of Unalaska Parks, Culture, and Recreation Department (PCR) sponsored a memorial lantern release to honor the life of Devon Schaaf.

Devon grew up in Unalaska and moved to Montana in the summer of 2013 to begin 6th grade. Devon maintained close ties with this community and had many friends on the island. Devon passed away in January 2016.

Unalaska Dept. of Public Safety

Icy roads across Amaknak and Unalaska islands caused a rare traffic jam Monday morning, but cold weather wasn't to blame for an accident involving a rolled SUV near Captains Bay Road over the weekend.

According to Public Safety Director Mike Holman, the male driver of the maroon 2004 Dodge Durango was intoxicated when he drove off the road, crashed and flipped his car. The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle at the time of the accident. He was treated for minor injuries and then arrested for DUI.