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Updated 8/1/17

A former city employee is facing theft and fraud charges for stealing more than $15,000 from Unalaska’s local government.

City Manager Dave Martinson declined to name the recently fired employee. But court records show that accounting assistant Matapua Natalie Faailoga was charged last week with four felonies related to theft, fraud, forgery, and tampering with evidence.

Martinson said other members of the Finance Department noticed that funds were missing on July 10.

City of Unalaska

The Unalaska Valley is getting a new cell phone tower.

On Tuesday, the Unalaska City Council approved a lease that allows General Communications Inc. (GCI) to construct a tower on East Broadway Avenue.

The unanimous decision came two months after councilors rejected the telecom company's first bid. GCI wanted to build in a more residential section of the valley, but the final site is located near a tsunami siren across the street from the Department of Public Works.

Unalaska Department of Public Safety

Following an undercover investigation, police have seized 3.5 pounds of marijuana from an accused drug dealer.

The Unalaska Department of Public Safety says Harmon “Danny” Fisher, 59, sold pot to undercover operatives seven times over the last several months — including once to a minor.

While commercial marijuana sales are legal in Alaska, Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Shockley said Fisher’s operation broke state law.

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Is it time for Unalaska’s firefighters to have their own department — separate from the police force? Or should both divisions continue living under the consolidated Department of Public Safety?

Those questions sparked heated discussion at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

“The fire department is in crisis mode now, and it’s been that way for years," said City Councilor Dave Gregory.

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The City of Unalaska has adopted a $29 million budget for fiscal year 2018.

On Wednesday, city councilors unanimously approved the financial plan, which allows the local government to spend about about $500,000 more than it did this year.

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