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Newscast: 04/28/2016

Apr 28, 2016

The Steward Road bridge will be closed starting April 29; possible alternative governance structures for the Alaska Marina Highway System; the new ferry reservations system goes into effect on May 1; the Aleutian communities of Akutan, False Pass and Sand Point are among thirteen communities to win a rural energy competition; the BeringWatch sentinel program is looking for a few good locals to serve as citizen scientists.

Chrissy Roes

Signs of spring are everywhere this month.  As the snow melts, the results of a winter's worth of stormy weather is revealed. Trash has accumulated on the beaches and along the roads.  The Community Center organizes two weeks of intensive spring clean-up each year to address this issue.  The effort makes a big difference in the beauty of Unalaska.  

The Missoula Children's Theatre has been a vibrant part of spring in Unalaska for over 12 years, and this year was no exception.  The Missoula Children's Theatre's mission is build life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.   Two person teams travel to communities all around the United States, where they recruit local youth and cast, rehearse, and perform a play in 5 days.  

www.aleutianlifeforum.com

Late in the summer, a regional conservation conference will be held in Unalaska, and organizers are calling for presentation ideas by the end of April.

The tagline of the Aleutian Life Forum 2016 is "building resilience in the face of change." Conference organizers describe it as a gathering of national, regional and state scientists, industry stakeholders, community leaders and local knowledge experts concerned about climate change. The conference will focus on coming up with solutions to pivotal conservation issues for coastal communities such as Unalaska.

UDA T-Dock Music Video

This week's city council meeting featured a few surprise moments during deliberations over community funding support.

During a roll call vote on a motion to reject a $13,000 grant request from the Unalaska Divers Association (UDA), Mayor Shirley Marquardt cast the tie vote, intending to agree with the motion to nix the funding altogether. But she said the wrong word, which meant the capital grant request was approved - for now. 

Melissa Good is the chair of the non-profit association of local recreational divers.

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