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Unalaska Mayor, City Staff Win Awards

Nov 30, 2015
City of Unalaska

  November was an award-winning month for Unalaska city staff and public officials. 

Earlier this month, the city's planning director, Erin Reinders, was named 2015 Planner of the Year. The Alaska Chapter of the American Planning Association selected Reinders and her work from among dozens of planners around the state. Unalaska's planning administrator, Anthony Grande, also received an award from the APA's Alaska chapter. Grande was selected as this year's Emerging Planner of the Year.

Chrissy Roes

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, a work session on commercial marijuana sales in Unalaska prompted an earnest yet respectful debate among attendees.

Just like the results of the online and paper surveys distributed by city staff at a recent public forum on the topic, opinions were split roughly 50/50 for those for and against allowing a cannabis businesses to open on the island.

Greta Mart

Tuesday the Unalaska City Council tackles its first public work session on commercial marijuana sales in Dutch Harbor and Unalaska.

While no action will be taken at this meeting, it will be a chance for the community  to hear what their representatives think about whether commercial marijuana should be allowed on the island. Two council members have voiced their interest in banning retail stores.

Unalaska Is Alaskan Economic Engine, Says Mallott

Nov 14, 2015
Greta Mart / KUCB

Alaska's Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott made an official visit to Unalaska on Nov. 6 and 7, 2015. During his stay, Mallott stopped into the KUCB studio for an in-depth interview on issues important to Unalaska residents.


We aired a portion of this interview on the Nov. 11, 2015 noon and five p.m. newscasts. Here is the entire 25-minute interview, during which Mallott speaks about housing, ferry service, airfare prices and looming cuts to state services and programs. 

Greta Mart / KUCB

  David Martinson is Unalaska's new city manager; Oct. 26 was his first day on the job. Martinson had a week to learn the ropes from outgoing interim city manager Donald Moore before seeing his colleague off at the airport on Saturday.

Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Martinson spent his first 27 years there. He attended the University of Arizona at Tucson, and when he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, he was assigned to Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.