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The City Council has taken the first step toward granting an emergency funding request from Unalaska’s clinic.

On Tuesday, councilors reviewed a proposal to allocate $500,000 for Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS).

Interim City Manager Nancy Peterson said the ordinance would establish a reserve from the city’s general fund.

The island's health care provider would be required to prove its financial need every time it taps into that reserve.

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Despite months of debate, the fate of Unalaska’s fire division is far from decided.

The Unalaska City Council showed no consensus Tuesday, when city officials proposed restructuring the Department of Public Safety to put fire on equal footing with police.  

Right now, the fire chief reports to Mike Holman, police chief and director of public safety, rather than having a direct line to the city manager. He also needs Holman’s approval on his budget.

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Members of the Unalaska City Council are under investigation.

On Tuesday, Police Chief Mike Holman confirmed to KUCB that the Unalaska Department of Public Safety is investigating current and potentially former city councilors. 

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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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