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Outgoing City Councilor John Waldron has ended his term with a verbal attack on the Unalaska Department of Public Safety.

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Waldron called Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Shockley a “convicted liar.”

“Jennifer is not who she claims to be. She is a convicted liar," Waldron said. "You can go to the Alaska CourtView [website] and see she was convicted of making false statements. In law enforcement, that’s a big deal.”

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Following a failed ballot measure, the City of Unalaska wo​n’t raise its sales tax on alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana.

City officials made the announcement Friday, after canvassing about 70 outstanding ballots from the municipal election.

The final count showed 53 percent of voters rejected the City Council’s proposal to hike the tax from three to six percent. That means the measure was defeated by just 35 votes.

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City officials have released the final results of Unalaska’s municipal election, after canvassing absentee and questioned ballots.

The official data shows that voters narrowly rejected a proposal to double the local sin tax. It also confirms all preliminary results for the City Council and school board races.

The City Council is expected to certify election results on Tuesday night.

Courtesy of the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska

This weekend, the Qawalangin Tribe is holding its annual election and membership meeting.

Competing for three seats on the tribal council are Helen Brown, Thomas Robinson, Edith “Marie” Schliebe, Alena Syverson, Laresa Syverson, and Pauline Tutiakoff. Vincent Tutiakoff Sr. is also running as a write-in candidate.

Those elected will serve three-year terms.

Tribal members can vote Saturday, Oct. 7 at the senior center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will start after the polls close, followed by a potluck at 5 p.m.

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Unalaska voters have ousted half the City Council.

During Tuesday's municipal election, all three council incumbents were defeated easily by their challengers, two of whom are newcomers to local politics.

That includes Councilor-Elect Shari Coleman, who won Seat G. She unseated Rachelle Hatfield with about 56 percent of the vote.

“There are really no words to describe it," she said. "I’ve never been in this position before, and it’s just exciting."

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