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After a nine-month nationwide search, Unalaska has finally hired a new fire chief.

D.J. Dunn will start next month, leading the island’s fire and emergency medical services.

“He’s exceptionally qualified for the position," said Mike Holman, director of the Department of Public Safety. "He has a bachelor’s degree in nursing, so he’s a paramedic and a nurse. He’s got significant fire experience as well as training.”

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The Aleutian Region and Pribilof Islands Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is seeking a Council Member to fill the recently vacated “elected local official” seat on the committee. The LEPC, which includes the communities of Unalaska, Atka, Adak, St. Paul and St. George, is mandated to develop and review emergency response plans and provide information about to our citizenry about chemicals in our communities. The LEPC meets quarterly, and also participates in Spring and Fall Preparedness Conferences and various outreach activities. The vacant seat has a two-year term.

City of Unalaska

Gov. Bill Walker has appointed Shirley Marquardt as the state’s new director of boards and commissions.

The former Unalaska mayor is moving to Anchorage to start her full-time job next month.

In her new role, Marquardt will vet candidates for the hundreds of appointments the governor makes each year -- from the Board of Fisheries to the Alaska Humanities Forum to the Marijuana Control Board.

Walker spoke highly of Marquardt when he visited the island in October.

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After nearly 10 years, Unalaska has taken one of the final steps in making the new Unalaska Marine Center a reality -- finding financing for the $44 million dock renovation.

Mayor Frank Kelty pushed the project forward at Tuesday's City Council meeting, after councilors split over whether to partner with the Alaska Bond Bank Authority.

Kelty broke the tie and voted to authorize the sale of city bonds worth $35 million, which will be shopped to investors for startup cash.

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Unalaskans could soon pay double the sales tax when buying alcohol and tobacco -- if voters approve the hike at the next municipal election.

The City Council added the measure to the October ballot at a meeting Tuesday night, when councilors unanimously agreed to send the issue before voters.

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