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The City Council is considering installing a fence around the Unalaska Marine Center.

City officials say they’ve won a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to surround the port with an eight-foot fence topped with barbed wire.

Some councilors expressed support for beefing up security during Tuesday's regular meeting. But most were hesitant because the city would be on the hook for an estimated $463,000.

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The City Council has postponed the search for Unalaska’s next city manager until January.

On-site interviews were scheduled to take place in the next two weeks. But on Tuesday, the council voted 4-2 to extend the recruitment timeline at least another a month.

The delay comes at the recommendation of Interim City Manager Nancy Peterson.

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An Unalaska fire captain has been recognized as Alaska’s emergency medical responder of the year.

Medic Salvador Alvarado won the award for a bold rescue last winter, beating out more than 40 EMS providers across the state.

The call came in at 12:45 p.m.: Ammonia was leaking inside an industrial freezer at the Kloosterboer cold storage facility.

Captain Salvador Alvarado rushed to the scene, where he learned that a worker was trapped inside with the toxic chemical.

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After months of indecision, the Unalaska City Council has finally reached a consensus over restructuring the Department of Public Safety: They’ve agreed to shelve the matter until a new city manager is hired.

The unanimous decision came Tuesday at the urging of Interim City Manager Nancy Peterson.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

The search for Unalaska’s next city manager is on schedule.

Officials say they’ve received almost 40 applications for the job, including eight that meet qualification requirements.

The City Council is meeting Saturday in executive session to review applicants with GovHR, the consulting firm contracted to lead recruitment efforts.

They’ll choose the top candidates to fly out for in-person interviews next month.

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