Newscast: 02/09/2016

11 hours ago

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

15 hours ago

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.   

Greta Mart

Justin Leon is the newest staff biologist at Dutch Harbor's Alaska Department of Fish and Game office. He now assists biologist Miranda Westphal in managing the Bering Sea Aleutian Islands (BSAI) area for the Division of Commercial Fisheries. 

Leon has been on the job now since December and said he and his wife had always wanted to see Unalaska, so when a job came up here he eagerly applied. The couple moved here from Nome with their new baby boy.

Newscast: 02/04/2015

Feb 4, 2016

A diesel fuel spill at the Carl E. Moses boat harbor has the Coast Guard cleaning up and looking for those responsible for the leak; members of the Bering Watch sentinel program examine a whale carcass today on St. George Island; Alaskans get their first chance tonight to tell legislators what they think of the centerpiece of Gov. Bill Walker's fiscal plan for the state.

Greta Mart

Local Coast Guard personnel are investigating a diesel fuel spill at the Carl E. Moses boat harbor.

The spill was discovered on Monday afternoon, when the crew of a neighboring vessel noticed it and notified the Coast Guard's Dutch Harbor office.

According to Supervisor Lt. Bill Fitzgerald, after an initial investigation, unit personnel weren't able to determine who caused the spill or precisely when an estimated  "couple hundred gallons" went into the water, he said.

Unalaska Raiders Sweep Dillingham Wolverines

Feb 3, 2016
Genee Shaishnikoff

In this weekend's boys' basketball games, the Unalaska Raiders swept the Dillingham Wolverines.

On Friday evening, all graduating athletes were honored before the game. Unalaska's seniors set the tone, leading the team to a 59-23 victory. Ross Enlow paced Unalaska with 13 points. Also in double figures were Bryan Earnshaw, Ben Enlow and Tanner Leggett.

A balanced scoring effort led Unalaska to a 31-point victory on Saturday with seven members of the team chipping in. Trevor Wilson lead the way with 12 points. Dillingham was unable to keep up, falling to the Raiders 54-13.

Newscast: 02/03/2016

Feb 3, 2016

The City of Adak continues its search for a new city manager; Alaska's budget crisis is on many people's minds these days, and a community meeting in Kodiak helps parse the challenges for locals; state lawmakers have introduced two other bills to pay for part of the budget using the Permanent Fund; Senator Lisa Murkowski gets behind hydropower as  a renewable energy source in Alaska.