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Shop With A Cop

Dec 20, 2015

On December 17th the Alaska Peace Officer Association- Aleutian Islands Chapter held their annual “Shop with a Cop” event.

Eagle’s View Elementary School selected 4 children to participate this year. The children were picked up at the school by 2 police officers, an Alaska State Trooper and other Public Safety personnel in police cars, and a fire truck. They were then taken to Safeway and Alaska Ship Supply to buy gifts for their family for the holiday season. 

Unalaska City School held the  8th annual Poetry Out Loud competition in the high school auditorium Monday, December 14th.  Spearheaded by English teacher Amy Purevsuren, there were over 40 participants this year.

Students took the stage with a memorized poem of their choice and preformed it for an audience of students, staff and families. Their presentations were then assessed by four judges who announced the 

winners at the end of the event.

Inaugural Tree Lighting Scheduled for Wednesday

Dec 1, 2015

The City's inaugural holiday tree lighting event is being postponed due to inclement weather.

Parks, Culture and Recreation manager Albert Burnham says the event, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1, will now happen one day later.

"The event is being put on by the PCR Advisory Committee and they decided to move it because of the high winds and poor weather today," Burnham said Tuesday morning. "Tomorrow, according to the weather forecast at least, it's looking like it will be a much nicer evening for an outdoor tree lighting event."

  The last week of October, Resolve Marine and various local agencies in Unalaska welcomed Todd Duke from 1-Call Alaska who led training for the local shipboard emergency response team.

1-Call Alaska is a joint venture between Resolve Marine Group and the National Response Corporation. They operate an alternative planning criteria for vessel response plans under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990: a regulation that was a result of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Greta Mart / KUCB

For the past few years, the city has been planning an expansion of the Unalaska Public Library. Built in 1999, an expansion project was scheduled to get underway in 2018, says Librarian Karen Kresh.

"There have been plans to expand the library by about 7500 square feet," Kresh said, adding that the expansion project that was started by the previous librarian, Dan Masoni.

"Part of the reason for the expansion is because there were state funds that were available to help cities with new library buildings and major library expansions," Kresh said.