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Generator upgrades. Library renovations. Even a new fire training facility.

These are just a few of the 18 projects that could receive city funding in the next fiscal year.

This week, the Planning Department presented the Unalaska City Council with an early draft of the 2019 Capital and Major Maintenance Plan, which totals almost $9.8 million.  

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The state has taken over a local investigation into the Unalaska City Council.

Interim City Manager Nancy Peterson said the Alaska State Troopers assumed full responsibility for the inquiry last week. But she declined to comment on the scope of the case.

“I think it’s common knowledge in the community that there is an ongoing investigation -- and that the investigation, at some level, involves at least one elected official,” said Peterson.

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Today is Mike Holman’s last day on the job.

Unalaska’s police chief and director of public safety is retiring after 23 years with the department.

Holman has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

Until the city hires his full-time replacement, officials have appointed Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Shockley to serve as acting director.

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Starting next month, Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Shockley will serve as acting director of the Unalaska Department of Public Safety.

City officials made the announcement Tuesday.

They've selected Shockley to hold the top job while they search for a full-time replacement for outgoing director Mike Holman.

It’s unclear how long that search will last. But as an 18-year veteran of the department, Shockley said she’s interested in the permanent position.

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Police are investigating after a dead body was found Thursday in the water in the Carl E. Moses boat harbor. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has identified the deceased as Alexander Johannesen. The 30-year-old had not been seen since Wednesday evening.

There currently are some vessel traffic restrictions at the harbor so divers can canvas the area, but DPS expects to complete canvassing today.

DPS treats all unattended deaths as suspicious and is sending Johannesen’s remains for an autopsy.

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