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The City of Unalaska has granted all 10 funding requests from local nonprofits this year, even though applications came in about $40,000 higher than the city wanted to spend.

On Tuesday, the City Council voted to give almost $1.2 million to organizations including the Aleutian Arts Council, the Qawalangin Tribe, and Unalaska Senior Citizens.

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GCI won’t be allowed to build a new cell phone tower in the Unalaska Valley. At least, not yet.

On Tuesday, the Unalaska City Council voted against the telecommunications company and its plan to construct a 65-foot tower on a hillside overlooking the Shaishnikoff Subdivision.

The unanimous decision came after a nearby property owner filed an appeal against the project, which had been approved by the Unalaska Planning Commission, 4-1.

Rufina Shaishnikoff protested the GCI tower, which would have sat on a commercially zoned plot in a mostly residential area.

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Nine local nonprofits are vying for the City of Unalaska’s coveted community grants this year.

In total, the organizations have requested about $1.2 million. 

That figure is on par with last year’s support, but it’s still about $40,000 more than the city wants to spend.

Annie Ropeik/KUCB

Unalaska’s city dock is about to get a major makeover.

The City Council approved a $39 million renovation Tuesday night, authorizing top bidder Turnagain Marine Construction to replace two aging docks at the Unalaska Marine Center. 

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

About 50 years after it was founded, the Unalaska Department of Public Safety is undergoing its first independent review.

Public Safety has hired a private company called Russell Consulting to do the assessment. 

“Our goal is to help the Unalaska Department of Public Safety provide good services -- excellent and outstanding services -- to community members who live here and to guests who come in,” said Greg Russell, a retired police officer who opened the Soldotna-based firm 15 years ago.

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