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Unalaskan voters who are already registered Republicans - or want to be - will now have a chance to participate in the Alaska Presidential Preference Poll this coming Tuesday.

Until this week, it looked like local Republicans wouldn't be able to cast their votes in the poll since voting must be done in person - and the nearest polling place for District 37, which encompasses the Aleutian Islands and a large portion of the southwest mainland, was in Naknek.

Unalaskan Democrats Organize Local Caucus

Feb 24, 2016
KUCB

This week in Nevada, Republican voters gave Donald Trump 14 more delegates; last Saturday, Democratic voters in that state and Republicans in South Carolina voiced their choices for who should be their party's presidential candidate.

So, when do Unalaska voters get to weigh in on who should be the final contenders for the White House in 2016? If you're a registered Republican, you're out of luck - unless someone organizes an official local polling place before next Tuesday, March 1. [Editor's note: please see update at the end of this story.]

BRIAN WAUGH

Jennifer Shockley has been named as Unalaska's next deputy police chief. She replaces Mike Holman, who was promoted to Public Safety Director when Jamie Sunderland retired last month.

Shockley is currently in Virginia attending the FBI National Academy, she's participating in a ten-week course and will return to Unalaska at the end of March. She said the FBI training will be a huge asset for her new job, since it's focused on executive leadership development course.

High Bids For Aquatics Center Renovation Project

Feb 14, 2016
Greta Mart

There's a hiccup in the long-planned ongoing renovation of the city's Aquatics Center.

City Manager David Martinson told the city council at the Feb. 9 meeting that the Dept. of Public Works had opened bids for the project, and even the lowest bid was "significantly higher" than the job's estimated cost.

Martinson said the bids the city received were all within 20 percent of each other, so it could be that the original engineer's estimate was just too low.

New Local Law Bans Pot Shops In Unalaska

Feb 10, 2016

This week city leaders passed a local ban on commercial marijuana businesses in Unalaska.

It's now official that no retail cannabis stores are allowed to open on the island, regardless if the state's marijuana board grants someone a business license to do so.

On Tuesday, a second reading of the ban ordinance - like the first reading - garnered a vote of three to three. The vote mirrored the viewpoints of the community at large; at recent public forums, opinions were evenly split among those for and against allowing retail pot stores.

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